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Cash injection could ease UK stroke burden

10 Jun 05

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in adults in developed countries. It can also leave survivors severely disabled and dependent on long-term care, placing an enormous financial burden on national healthcare systems. This burden is likely to further increase as the incidence of stroke increases concurrent with the aging population.
Datamonitor

Migraine

08 Jun 05

Fewer than 10% of people state that they have never had a headache.1 A recent UK survey identified 7.6% of males and 18.3% of females with migraine within the preceding year.2 Prevalence of migraine was shown to vary with age, rising through early adult life and declining in the late 40s and early 50s. Migraineurs reported at least one migraine attack per month on average, and most experienced interference with daily activities in at least 50% of their attacks.
CSF Medical Communications

The Royal Borough’s Best Business Revealed

08 Jun 05

The winner of the coveted title of Business of the Year at the 2005 Royal Borough Business Excellence Awards was crowned last week at the awards evening. The team at Pharmalink Consulting was congratulated by David Demolder, of award sponsor Ascot Racecourse for the overall quality of their business.
Lisa Drew

HIV pipeline offers optimistic outlook over the longer term

03 Jun 05

Of the 27 drugs currently in the HIV clinical development pipeline, the majority are in either Phase II trials or earlier. While the pipeline is considered strong, it is unlikely that any major treatment advances will be made before 2009/10. In fact, two of the more advanced drugs in terms of development - tipranavir and capravine - are likely to be used merely as 'holding drugs'.
Datamonitor

Bipolar Disorder

31 May 05

Next to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder is the most important condition for psychiatrists to recognise and treat. Indeed, the discovery by John Cade in 1949 of lithium as an effective treatment for mania,1 and the finding in 1952 of chlorpromazine as an effective agent for acute psychotic states including mania, heralded the beginning of the modern era of psychopharmacology.
CSF Medical Communications

Schizophrenia

31 May 05

Schizophrenia can affect anyone, and is one of the greatest causes of lost quality of life worldwide. One-in-100 people will experience this serious mental illness at some time in their lives, though it commonly starts in the late teens to the early 20s in men and early to late 20s in women. Although schizophrenia can have a profound effect, it can be treated effectively in most people. This was not always the case.
CSF Medical Communications

Allergic Rhinitis

31 May 05

Allergic rhinitis is an increasingly prevalent disorder, affecting up to 40% of children and up to 30% of adults in the UK. The disease has traditionally been considered as either seasonal or perennial depending on the allergenic triggers and their presence in the environment. Typically, tree pollen promotes seasonal symptoms between February and April, grass pollens in late May through to early August, whilst weed pollens and mould spores are common in late summer and early autumn.
CSF Medical Communications

Hepatitis A/Typhoid Fever

31 May 05

Although difficult to determine accurately, annual global figures for reported cases of hepatitis A and typhoid are estimated to be in the region of 1.5 million and at least 16 million, respectively. Moreover, typhoid fever accounts for up to 600,000 deaths worldwide each year. The two diseases are often found in partnership and have common routes of transmission, particularly where sanitation is poor.
CSF Medical Communications

Novel combinations breathe new life into COPD market

26 May 05

There are 31.2 million COPD sufferers in the US, Europe and Japan - a prevalence rate of approximately 4.4% of the general population. Thus, the development of novel dual-action, once-daily inhaled therapies will provide important new treatment options for COPD and play a major role in the expansion of the market over the next decade.
Datamonitor

Will once-daily Kaletra be enough to see off the threat of Reyataz?

20 May 05

In addition to the traditional clinical needs, such as efficacy and resistance profile, product characteristics such as dosing and side effects can be fundamental in maintaining market share in the maturing antiretroviral market. In response to the launch of two once-daily protease inhibitors (PI), Abbott has reformulated its leading PI drug, Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir) in a once-daily dose.
Datamonitor

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