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Assessing and managing primary hypertension

Assessing and managing primary hypertension Subscription Required

Hypertension is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure; accurate blood pressure measurement is essential for correct diagnosis

Family presence at resuscitation attempts

Family presence at resuscitation attempts Subscription Required

Evidence suggests that relatives offered the opportunity to observe cardiopulmonary resuscitation at home are less likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms

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New evidence on risks associated with NSAIDs

New evidence on risks associated with NSAIDs

New evidence from randomised controlled trials on cardiovascular and gastrointestinal risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reinforces the need to review all patients taking such medication

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How helpful are early warning scores?

How helpful are early warning scores? Subscription Required

Despite the use of early warning scoring systems, deteriorating patients are often not identified, suggesting these systems may not be sufficiently robust

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Cholinesterase inhibitors for mild cognitive impairment

Cholinesterase inhibitors for mild cognitive impairment Subscription Required

The review was undertaken to establish the effect of cholinesterase inhibitors on people with mild cognitive impairment. There is little evidence that the treatment modifies disease progression to dementia

Salt reduction benefits hailed

UK study hails salt reduction for drop in heart deaths

A dip in people’s salt consumption has played an “important role” in the plummeting number of heart disease deaths, researchers have said.

Stroke care 'differences' revealed

Significant 'differences' in stroke care between rich and poor areas

Poorer people who suffer from strokes are more likely to receive a sub-standard level of care, suggests a new study by UK researchers.

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Moderate exercise helps kidney disease patients

Moderate exercise helps kidney disease patients

People with kidney disease can reduce their risk of developing heart disease and infections by walking on a regular basis, a study suggests.

Ablation patients 'feel less pain' if put in trance by nurses

Visualising a “safe place” helps patients reduce pain while undergoing procedures, according to a complementary health study by Danish nurse researchers.

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Study links painkillers to irregular heartbeat

Study links use of NSAIDs to atrial fibrillation risk

The current and recent use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be linked to a heightened risk of an irregular heartbeat among older adults, a study has found.

Listening is harder than you think Subscription Required

A few years ago I met Tony Benn on a train from Nottingham to London. It was one of those chance encounters and as we started to talk Mr Benn asked me about my job, what I thought about nursing and the problems in the NHS.

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Arterial blood gas analysis: Understanding ABG reports

Arterial blood gas analysis: Understanding ABG reports Subscription Required

This is the first of a two-part unit on arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis, and focuses on background information and basic interpretation of ABGs where no evident compensation is taking place. It discusses the various components on an ABG report, the normal ranges and the significance of abnormal readings.

No proof Earl Grey can fight heart disease

No proof Earl Grey can fight heart disease

“A cup of Earl Grey ‘as good as statins’ at fighting heart disease,” reports The Daily Telegraph, entirely without proof.

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