Press release: Taking multiple medicines? Support the Yellow Card scheme by reporting suspected side effects

first_img Protecting patients is our topmost priority. Patients, their carers, and healthcare professionals are asked to report suspected side effects on a Yellow Card to the MHRA online or via the app. Reporting helps to improve the safety of medicines for all patients and can result in better tailored prescribing or administrative advice and information about monitoring, which can help improve adherence to treatment, and ultimately improves patient safety. The week will focus on polypharmacy: reporting side effects helps ensure safe use when taking multiple medicines.Polypharmacy is defined as the simultaneous use of four or more medicines (prescription, over-the-counter general sales list, or traditional medicines) at the same time. Polypharmacy can increase the likelihood of a patient having side effects, medication errors, as well as the risk of interactions between medicines and with foods or herbal products.Although polypharmacy is common in older people, anyone who routinely uses multiple medicines at the same time can be affected. This includes people with long term chronic conditions who subsequently regularly take multiple medicines. Studies show that one third of people over 75 years old take at least six medicines and over a million people taking eight or more medicines daily.Healthcare professionals are also being encouraged to review their patients’ medications intake, especially when prescribing, dispensing and administrating multiple medicines, as well as being vigilant to monitor, detect and report suspected side effects to the Yellow Card Scheme. Reporting plays an important role in helping MHRA monitor the safe use of medicines to protect public health through effective regulation.Mick Foy, Head of Pharmacovigilance Strategy, at the MHRA says:last_img read more

Bulldogs Freshman Team Falls To Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville freshman were defeated by the visiting Greensburg Pirates Thursday night by a score of 34-23.The Dogs had many good looks at the basket but unfortunately couldn’t seem to get much to fall in the first half. Trailing 14-4 at half The Pirate lead was narrowed to single digits in the second half with great defense and rebounding.Offensively the dogs were lead by Lane Westerfeld and Jayden Beal with 9 and 8. Defensively Tristian Lamppert, Dylan Flannery and Luke Schroeder lead The Bulldogs.The boys are in action again Saturday at Rushville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Michael Lanning.last_img read more

Morgan’s England ‘a different animal’, says Plunkett

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – The side under Eoin Morgan is “a different sort of animal” (compared to previous English teams) who can beat anyone on their day, paceman Liam Plunkett said ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup semi-final against Australia.Plunkett made his World Cup debut in 2007 but believes this was the first time they entered the tournament as genuine title contenders.“For me, being involved in England squads of the past, I never expected to win a World Cup,” Plunkett said yesterday.“We had amazing players but I never thought we’d win it. I played in teams where you didn’t expect to win and the public didn’t expect you to win.”“But with this squad the public sort of expect us to win games and series now.“We’ve played well over the last four years, we’ve been ranked number one and we’re feeling in a good place. We’ve made cricket exciting again and we’ve got people watching it.”Plunkett has a lot of respect for their semi-final opponents but shares the popular belief that the Morgan-led side is the strongest English team in a World Cup.“Australia are a great team. They have great players and they have experience. They’ve been there and done it before,” the 34-year-old said of the defending champions,” he said.“But we’re a different sort of animal compared to our last team. And we feel on our day if we play some good cricket we can beat anyone in the world.”Australia beat England in the group stage and the hosts also went down to Pakistan and Sri Lanka before back-to-back victories against India and New Zealand helped secured their place in the semi-finals.Plunkett said the defeats made England only stronger, helping them return to their style of calculated aggression.“We like to be positive but not reckless and we went away from our positive brand of cricket and went into our shell a little bit,” he said.“We know we’re better than that. We want to attack in a positive way without being reckless and I think that’s how we’ve been for the last however many years.”last_img read more

Clippers pass first big test of season, turn back Jazz rally to win

first_imgPreviousUtah Jazz guard Joe Johnson, right, loses handle of the ball as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Clippers guard Austin Rivers, center, drives past Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, and forward Thabo Sefolosha during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed, left, fouls Utah Jazz forward Ekpe Udoh during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, right, blocks the shot by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha, left, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles sneaks a pass behind Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, steals the ball from Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, looks to dunk over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles, right, drives past Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto saves the ball from going out of bounds during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, defends Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers yells instructions to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, goes up for a basket under pressure by Utah Jazz forward Ekpe Udoh during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, drives past Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, shoots a floater over Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, shoots a three-pointer over Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, top, reaches for a rebound over Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and forward Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder yells instructions to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz guard Joe Johnson, right, loses handle of the ball as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Clippers guard Austin Rivers, center, drives past Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, and forward Thabo Sefolosha during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)NextShow Caption1 of 18Clippers guard Austin Rivers, center, drives past Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, and forward Thabo Sefolosha during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers knew what was coming. They were prepared. They weren’t surprised.Expectations were one thing, though. Reality was something else.The Utah Jazz represented the Clippers’ biggest challenge to start the season, a far more experienced, cohesive and disciplined opponent than the Lakers or the Phoenix Suns. The threat was real, and the Clippers responded with a 102-84 victory Tuesday at Staples Center.Related Articles Contributions came from each of the Clippers’ starters down the stretch.Beverley made a hook shot, Danilo Gallinari made a steal, Austin Rivers sank a 3-pointer, Jordan stole the ball, Gallinari sank a jumper, Beverley stole the ball and then Griffin lobbed to Jordan for a dunk to extend the Clippers’ lead to 100-84 with 1:40 to play.“It was great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We had stops and we made big buckets.”Griffin’s thunderous dunk over a reeling Rudy Gobert highlighted a back-and-forth first half that featured nine lead changes and six ties. The Clippers pushed and the Jazz pushed back. The Clippers punched and the Jazz counter-punched. The Clippers improved to 3-0 to start 2017-18, holding off the Jazz down the stretch after appearing to break the game open by outscoring Utah 33-15 in the third quarter. The Clippers routed the Lakers and Suns with similar third-quarter bursts, but the Jazz fought back. It was that way during the team’s first-round playoff series last spring, when the Clippers lost Griffin to a toe injury that required surgery at season’s end. The Clippers wound up dropping the series in a winner-take-all Game 7 at Staples Center.A summer of change followed for both teams, but especially for the Clippers.So, any thoughts of revenge or a payback were quickly dismissed.“I don’t even know what a revenge game means unless you’re in boxing,” Doc Rivers said beforehand. “You know that team beat you, even though half of your guys don’t and half of their guys don’t. They’re two good teams, so it always lends itself to a good game.”Mostly, the Clippers were concerned about the Clippers.After all, they lost Milos Teodosic to a plantar fascia injury in his left foot during their 42-point victory Saturday over the Suns, and juggling his guard rotation was Doc Rivers’ top priority Tuesday. Austin Rivers started in place of Teodosic, who is sidelined indefinitely.Teodosic rolled around the Staples Center corridors and the Clippers’ locker room with the aid of a self-propelled scooter. He smiled and laughed as he talked with Jazz coach Quin Snyder before the game. Snyder was an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow in 2012-13 when Teodosic was a star guard.Teodosic hasn’t spoken publicly about his injury, but is expected to do so soon.Doc Rivers shortened his four-guard rotation to three for the most part against the Jazz. Lou Williams played his customary backup role in support of Beverley and Austin Rivers. Beverley and Utah’s Ricky Rubio led their teams in the early going, each scoring 10 points in the first half.Beverley’s standout defense has been all Doc Rivers could have hoped for to start the season.Doc Rivers referred to Beverley as “a nuisance.”Naturally, he meant it as a compliment. Plan for homes draws critics Donovan Mitchell got hot in the fourth and the Jazz trimmed the Clippers’ 21-point lead to 83-76 with 6 minutes, 38 seconds left. Moments later, it was only 88-82, and suddenly, but not unexpectedly, the Clippers were locked in a game in which every possession counted for something.The Clippers’ starters regrouped and powered away in the closing minutes, using a 14-2 run to subdue the Jazz (2-2). Blake Griffin led five Clippers in double figures with 22 points. Patrick Beverley added 19 and Austin Rivers scored 16. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 18 rebounds.Mitchell led the Jazz with 19 points, including 15 on 6-for-10 shooting in the fourth quarter.“I think it was important for us, after two games that weren’t really close down the stretch, to be tested a little bit,” said Griffin, the Clippers’ leading scorer in each of their first three games. “I thought we did a good job of maintaining our composure and getting stops when we needed them.“Guys hit big shots. It’s a good lesson for us.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

OVERTIME

first_img:09 I am at Kinko’s doing what I do and in walks “Dr. T.” aka Tyrone Tillman. He of “The Dons” fame…The 4th all time winningest team in Connie Hawkins Basketball League history and the #1 Best Dressed Team in W. PA summer league history…But I digress…back to “Dr. T.” If you got Dr. in front of your name it means you can operate, and Tyrone Tillman would perform serious surgery on ya if you weren’t careful. One of the city’s original highwire acts…Dr. T. you’re now in “The Locker Room” And oh yeah he could stroke the soft jump shot with that high elevation. C’mon Rankin Gangsters, Cosmic Echoes and Bump yes you remember…don’t ya?!?!:08 Speaking of the “Connie Hawk League,” and I was. Man did I get the greatest compliment of all time from Heath Bailey and Brian Carroll, two of the great players from the third of four great waves that played in the league. Heath…who in fact I am proud to say is the principal at Sto-Rox High School …said that he, Brian, J.R. “Booper” Holden and the boys got just as hyped for “The Connie Hawk” games as they did their college games. MMMAAANNN that’s enough to make a grown may cry! Oh yeah thanks for the wedding invitation Heath, I had a great time…what?:07 I know you’re dying to know, so here it is. The Four Connie Hawkins League Era’s:ERA # 1—Connie, Kenny Durrett, Norm Nixon, Bill Graham, Chuckie Anderson, John Marshall, Kirk Bruce, Craig Prosser, Larry Richardson, Bob Moore and all the original CHL “Ballers” that got it started at the Homewood YMCA.ERA # 2—Erick Jefferson, Hosea Champaign & The Rankin Gangsters, Jeffery “Junkhead” Burton, Bobby Byrd, The Cosmic Echoes, Larry “Juice” Walker, Houn Johnson and and Bump yes, and of course Leroy Freeman, Joe Barlow, Larry Harris and Kevin “Dr K” Walls of the Don’s. Yeah before “Dr K” defected all at East Hill; and there was no party without Nate Duck “Big E” Carter, Gerald Lovelace and the Homewood Hopes.ERA # 3—The Park at East Hills when the crowds were a thousand plus every night and we had to move to Pennly (AKA Champions) Park. Darren Skywalker Walls, Heath Bailey, Tim Tyler, David “Puffy” Kennedy, Sam “Bam” Clancy, “Dr.” Bill Clarke, Donny Johnson, Tom “Bum” Coates, Mike Goosby, Melvin Paul, Steve Snyder…oh, stop me Lord, stop me Lord, I’ll run out of ink calling all the names. And be reminded Dougie Johnson would dunk on you in a hreartbeat. (Speaking of East Hills, hey Roland Slade, where’s my trophy mmmaaaaannn!)ERA # 4—The last of one of the greatest summer league runs in the nation. Myron Brown, Steve Sntder, Anthony “The Grey Hound” Rivers, “Big John,” Rico Appendanza and the “White Boys” that ruled the league, J.R. Holden, Ricky Greer, Sam Clancy Jr. all the Pitt, Duquesne and Robert Morris boys. Man that was back in the day, never to be equaled again. But after saying that stay tuned we got a surprise for ya later this summer.:06 Right now the Pens are back in it. Down 3-2 to the Flyers. Go Pens! Oops, correction…It’s now over, Flyers win 5-1 in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.:05 Steelers draft coming up next week. Many needs to fit, but please get a killer “D” tackle, shut down corner and a “O” right tackle that can go the distance.:04 Blake Griffin is straight out of this world. But Charles Barkley is right. He must expand his game beyond killer dunks.:03 Oh yea…the Pirates. I’m just saying.:02 Do you remember these guys? Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Kukos and Luke Longley…who? That’s right it was not so long ago when those Bulls ruled the world.:01 At the Buzzer…your favorite part! Yes it is, yes it is…shut up.•I am telling you again. “Act of Valor” best movie of the year. I give it 4 basketballs. That’s un-heard-of !!•The Champions Middle School All Star Classic Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Penn Hills YMCA. The Big Celebrity Game at 3 p.m. featuring The Champion All-Stars and the “Pgh Bullets” semi-pro team.•“Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now”…we’re on the move. The Summer Old School Par-Tay Fantastic Voyage Kicks up it’s heel Friday, May 4, at the Comfort Inn Rodi Road. All The First Friday Rules still in effect. Dancin’…Eatin’…& Drinkin’…along with The United Rays Corvette Club and The Fabulous Diamond Models. Don’t forget it’s the early set 7 p.m. to midnight. Free parking, cash bar.•The Jazz is coming…the Jazz is coming…Kevin Howard kicks off “Jazz On The Green” Friday, May 11 & 25—Friday June 15 & 29 and Friday, July 13 & 27 at the amazing 3 Lakes Golf Club—Saltsburg Road in Penn Hills 8 p.m.-Midnight. Stay Tuned.~ This Game Is Over ~ :10 I might as well start with this. What good is it if you’re “the secret service man” and you can’t keep a secret!! The whole crew got busted cause they didn’t want to pay the bill…pay the lady! C’mon man! BILL NEAL last_img read more