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The role of debridement in the healing process Subscription Required

Debridement can aid the wound-healing process; where it does not occur naturally careful assessment is needed to ensure the correct method is chosen

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Nursing care planning in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Subscription Required

Care planning for patients with this connective tissue disorder must take a holistic approach.

A man with back pain

Exploring the evidence for using TENS to relieve pain Subscription Required

TENS is a non-pharmacological method of managing pain. How does it work and what is the evidence for its use - and why does its use pose a dilemma to nurses?

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An older woman with OA

Osteoarthritis 3: impact on patients Subscription Required

This final article in a three-part series on osteoarthritis discusses its effects

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Osteoarthritis 2: pain management and treatment strategies Subscription Required

This second article in a three-part series on osteoarthritis discusses pharmacological and non-pharmacological management. The third part will be published online

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Herbal remedy 'good for arthritis'

Chinese herbal remedy 'good for arthritis'

A Chinese herbal remedy works just as well as a standard drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, researchers have claimed.

Glucosamine supplements 'do not reduce' chronic knee pain

Oral glucosamine supplements do not lessen knee cartilage deterioration among patients with chronic knee pain, a short-term study has concluded.

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New drug licensed for psoriatic arthritis

A new drug has been launched for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis in adults.

Paracetamol given reprieve in NICE arthritis guidance

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has stepped back from recommending against the use of paracetamol as an analgesic for treating osteoarthritis.

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Nurse sets up website for younger arthritis patients

A Scottish specialist nurse has led the development of a website aimed at improving the lifestyles of younger patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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“Self-care support in leg ulcer services should be the priority”

“Self-care support in leg ulcer services should be the priority”

Venous leg ulcer recurrence is common. Many patients will develop at least three or more leg ulcers during their lifetime, and sometimes will have an ulcer that never heals. They often experience alternating periods of healed ulceration and open ulcers.

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Osteoarthritis: symptoms and nursing management

Osteoarthritis: symptoms and nursing management

Osteoarthritis used to be described as a wear-and-tear condition, but today it is more commonly referred to as joint failure. It is not simply an inevitable consequence of ageing but the reaction of a joint, or joints, to an insult or injury.

Curved soles 'no better than flats' for back pain

Curved soles 'no better than flats' for back pain

“Shoes with curved unstable soles are no better than traditional trainers for reducing lower back pain,” BBC News reports, after a small but well-designed study found no significant benefit in people wearing “rocker sole” shoes.

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