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Public Health Nursing

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Are e-cigarettes a safer alternative to smoking?

Are e-cigarettes a safer alternative to smoking? Subscription Required

E-cigarettes are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to smoking. However, it is still not clear whether they are a safe and effective way of quitting

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Hospitals’ duty of care in smoking cessation

Hospitals’ duty of care in smoking cessation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says hospitals have a duty of care to help all patients who smoke to stop and has issued guidance on this

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Recognition and treatment of social anxiety disorder

Recognition and treatment of social anxiety disorder

New guidance from NICE on social anxiety disorder aims to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment, and to improve the quality of life of people with the disorder

Hospital nurses’ role in smoking cessation

Hospital nurses’ role in smoking cessation Subscription Required

Hospital nurses are ideally placed to advise those with long-term conditions on smoking cessation and the effects this can have on their condition and treatment

Influenza immunisation for healthy children

Influenza immunisation for healthy children Subscription Required

The flu vaccine programme aims to avert cases of the disease in children and reduce the public health impact of flu

Scarlet Fever

Guidance to tackle 'extraordinary rise' in scarlet fever

Public Health England has published new guidance on managing outbreaks of scarlet fever in schools and nurseries to help combat an “extraordinary rise” in the number of cases.

Stem cell 'role in human lifespan'

Stem cell 'exhaustion' may play role in human lifespan

Stem cell “exhaustion” may play a role in defining the limit of human lifespan, a study of blood from a dead Dutch super-centenarian suggests.

Widespread public misunderstanding of HIV, poll finds

Poll finds widespread public misunderstanding of HIV

More than a third of people wrongly believe that being HIV positive bans someone from working with people with mental illness or as a nursery school teacher, according to charity research.

Malignant melanoma rates now five times as high as in 70s

Rates of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are five times higher in the UK than they were in the 1970s, new figures show.

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.

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