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Substance Misuse Nursing

News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists

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

Brief intervention for alcohol misuse Subscription Required

Brief interventions - “having a word” at the right time - can be effective in making people reconsider their drinking behaviour and cut their alcohol intake significantly

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Communication in cross-cultural cancer care Subscription Required

This article explores the issue of communication between health professionals and patients with cancer from different cultures, and the limitations in using professional or family interpreters.

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Hepatitis C awareness among South Asians Subscription Required

A trust established links with the South Asian community to reduce health inequalities in access to services for hepatitis C virus testing and treatment.

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Substance misuse in older people 2: identifying and treating substance misuse Subscription Required

Substance misuse problems may be more difficult to identify in older people, so screening and assessment should be carried out to prevent further harm.

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Types of substance misuse and risk factors Subscription Required

Substance misuse in older adults is common but remains under-recognised.

Strategies to help adolescents stop smoking

Strategies to help adolescents stop smoking Subscription Required

Adolescents’ motives to start and quit smoking differ from adults’, and their vulnerability to dependence makes prevention and refusal skills priorities

An alcohol withdrawal tool for use in hospitals

An alcohol withdrawal tool for use in hospitals Subscription Required

Poor management of alcohol withdrawal in inpatients can be detrimental to staff as well as other patients. A tool improved the management of a challenging patient group

Financial incentives boost HBV uptake

Small financial incentives boost HBV uptake among drug users

Small financial incentives, of as little as £30, could encourage injecting drug users to complete a course of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, according to researchers.

Liver disease may become nation's top killer

Liver disease may become nation's top killer, warn MPs

Liver disease could become the UK’s number one killer unless urgent action is taken to combat its continuing rise, MPs and campaigners are warning.

Pregnant women drinking over recommended limits, research shows

Pregnant women drinking over recommended limits, research shows

More than half of women drink more than the recommended limits during the first three months of pregnancy, a study suggests.

Heavy drinking 'raises skin cancer risk' by nearly 20%

People who regularly drink alcohol increase their risk of skin cancer by around a fifth, research suggests.

Red wine 'may cut diabetes risk'

Drinking red wine 'may cut diabetes risk'

Plant compounds in herbs, berries and red wine may protect against diabetes, say UK scientists.

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Substance misusers are not a lost cause Subscription Required

Courageous, strong, brave, committed, supportive and kind. These are the words I most associate with the service users I have been working with over the past four weeks.

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60 seconds with... Colin Tyrie, senior public health development adviser

We talk to Colin Tyrie, senior public health development adviser in substance misuse at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, who qualified as an RGN in 1990 and as an RMN in 1995.

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'Be clear about your motivation for the profession'

We talk to Karen Jordan, senior nurse practitioner, substance misuse and wellbeing, at Spectrum Community Health CIC, who has been a nurse for 35 years.

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Young people

"School nurses need the tools to meet government vision"

Despite school nurses’ remarkable contribution to the health of young people, we are facing a shortage of these vital practitioners - and increasing demands for their services.

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Cocaine may affect the way the body stores fat

Cocaine may affect the way the body stores fat

“Cocaine users ‘thinner’ because drug alters metabolism,” The Independent explains.

Binge drinking rates could be higher than thought

Binge drinking rates could be higher than thought

“England is a nation of secret boozers,” The Independent argues, as it reports on a study investigating the discrepancy between alcohol sales in England and the amount people say they drink in surveys.

Obesity

Huge rise in gout cases

‘Disease of kings’ is on the rise as more people get gout due to rising rates of obesity, according to the Daily Mail.

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