Health News and Evidence

NPS MedicineWise makes it easier for you to stay up to date with the latest health news and evidence. Our articles provide independent evidence-based information about medicines, medical devices and current health topics.

NPS Health News and Evidence provides you with all the latest relevant information to help inform best practice. To ensure we provide the most appropriate advice, we:

  • review the latest evidence from peer-reviewed journals, systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • consult national and international guidelines
  • work with national health authorities and professional bodies 
  • seek advice from clinical experts.

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  • Stay up to date with the latest evidence about medicines, medical devices and current health topics.
  • Review the evidence around a current health topic.
  • Employ practice points based on best clinical practice advice.

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Latest issue

Antibiotics in infancy linked to childhood obesity

New research suggests a link between use of antibiotics in infants in the first 2 years of life and later childhood obesity; a causative link is yet to be demonstrated. Can increased antibiotic exposure in infancy lead to obesity?

Unexpected deaths from legitimate opioid prescribing

Many oxycodone-related deaths occur in people taking it as prescribed for pain. Latest guidelines and alternative pain management strategies can reduce opioid use and abuse.

Investigations for fatigue: are they really necessary?

Tests are commonly ordered when diagnosing fatigue but do they really help? And do the risks outweigh the benefits? Explore this case of a 39-year-old man with ‘extreme fatigue’.

The balancing act of hydration

Older people are especially at risk of dehydration, and especially in summer, yet classic signs and symptoms may be absent. What's best for prevention?