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How midwives can identify and support trafficked women

How midwives can identify and support trafficked women Subscription Required

Midwives have a public health role in meeting the needs of disadvantaged women, including those trafficked into the UK

Preventing the spread  of HIV infection

Preventing the spread of HIV infection Subscription Required

Many people with HIV infection are undiagnosed, which means that they and their partners cannot benefit from advances in treatment and prevention

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Identifying needs of women living with HIV

Identifying needs of women living with HIV Subscription Required

Women living with HIV can benefit from peer support as well as the opportunity to voice their own concerns about their diagnosis

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Nursing management of Sweet’s syndrome Subscription Required

Sweet’s syndrome is a rare skin condition that is often misdiagnosed and may need long-term management. Patients need to be guided to access accurate information

Insulin

Reflections on reducing insulin to lose weight Subscription Required

Some women with type 1 diabetes deliberately omit or reduce insulin dosages to lose weight. This diabulimia may lead to serious heart and neuropathic complications.

Rising death rate sparks call for pancreatic cancer to be 'priority'

Pancreatic cancer stands alone as an increasingly deadly threat to both men and women in Europe, a study has shown.

NICE set to block use of 'unaffordable' new breast cancer drug

A new breast cancer drug that can extend women’s lives by almost six months will not be recommended for routine NHS use, under draft guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Chronic hypertension 'a major risk factor in pregnancy'

Existing high blood pressure in patients is a major risk factor threatening the success of a pregnancy, making adequate surveillance essential, a new UK study suggests.

Four girls given lab-grown vaginas

Four teenage girls given lab-grown vaginas

Laboratory-grown vaginas engineered from patients’ own cells have successfully been implanted into four teenage girls, US researchers have reported.

Fat diet raises breast cancer risk

High fat diets linked to increased risk of breast cancer

A high fat diet increases the risk of the most common form of breast cancer by a fifth, an Italian study has found.

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Don’t make me laugh: comedy bursts the continence taboo

'Don’t make me laugh: comedy bursts the continence taboo' Subscription Required

You are a nurse, you know what a pelvic floor is, and you know about pelvic floor exercises. If you are a woman, you will faithfully do them every single time you hear the words “pelvic floor” – about twice a year. If you are a man (and not a urology specialist), you’ve probably never done a pelvic floor exercise in your life.

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Termination of pregnancy: a review of psychological effects on women

Termination of pregnancy: a review of psychological effects on women Subscription Required

This study reviews the evidence on the psychological effects of induced abortion.

Women over 50 warned not to skip smear tests

Women over 50 warned not to skip smear tests

“Women aged 50 and older are being warned of the dangers of skipping smear tests,” BBC News reports, as a UK study into the impact of cervical cancer screening found that our current screening practices seem to work.

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