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New link between Medicines for Children and the BNFC

16 September 2015

The 2015-16 edition of the British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) will, for the first time, feature links to Medicines for Children information leaflets.

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Reducing children's sugary drink consumption can improve heart health in adulthood

8 September 2015

Researchers in the US this week have found that consuming fewer sugary drinks in childhood has the potential to lower the risk of heart disease in later life. The findings show that a lower intake of sugar-sweetened beverages by children is linked to increases in the body of good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein cholesterol).

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Good news in the fight against meningitis

26 August 2015

Meningitis is a potentially life threatening bacterial infection causing inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord – the meninges. The disease is particularly prevalent in children under five years old and can have a very rapid onset; therefore, prevention is the key to saving lives.

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Changes to our website

27 April 2015

Our website might look the same, but we've been busy upgrading it and making it better.

There are still some bits that we are working on, so bear with us over the next few days if anything doesn't work or look like you are used to. If you've found something that doesn't seem right, let us know.

Thanks for your patience!

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Updated unlicensed medicines leaflet

26 March 2015

We have updated our leaflet that explains what we mean by the unlicensed use of a medicine, why the use of many medicines in children is unlicensed, and when it is considered safe and acceptable to use unlicensed medicines.

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New leaflets

21 November 2014

We have recently published two new leaflets:

  • Isoniazid for latent tuberculosis 
  • Isoniazid and rifampicin combination for latent tuberculosis

We have also recently updated the following leaflets:

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Recently reviewed leaflets

31 October 2014

We have been busy reviewing some of our early leaflets to ensure that they are up-to-date. In the last few months the Medicines for Children team and many health care professionals across the UK have helped review over 20 Medicines for Children leaflets, including:

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Supporting children at school with medical conditions

10 September 2014

The Department of Education has recently published some guidance on ways to support children with medical conditions including anaphylaxis, asthma, epilepsy and heart conditions so they have the best possible chance at participating fully in school.

The information includes:

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Calling all parents and carers - let us know your thoughts

4 September 2014

If you are a parent or carer of a child, and have used the Medicines for Children website, please let us know your thoughts. 

Please go to our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/medicines-for-children-feedback

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Ramadan and medicines

25 June 2014

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when many Muslims will fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset.

Some children and young people may therefore choose not to take medicines during this period. These usually include medicines taken by mouth (such as tablets, capsules and liquid medicines), through the nose and rectally (in the bottom).