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Understanding and managing myeloma

Understanding and managing myeloma Subscription Required

Non-specialist nurses need to know how to care for patients with myeloma. It is often only detected when patients present with symptoms indicative of other conditions

Managing diabetes in nursing and care homes

Managing diabetes in nursing and care homes Subscription Required

One in four people in residential homes has diabetes. However, a national audit has found the condition is not being identified, monitored and treated adequately

Avoidable asthma deaths: national audit results

Avoidable asthma deaths: national audit results Subscription Required

The first national investigation into asthma deaths reveals deficiencies in risk assessment, prescribing and clinical care. Implications for practice are outlined

How common medicines can affect bone health

How common medicines can affect bone health Subscription Required

Drugs used to treat common conditions can adversely affect bone health. Nurses need to be aware of the risks and prevention strategies

Patient support to reduce risk of diabetic retinopathy

Patient support to reduce risk of diabetic retinopathy Subscription Required

Diabetic retinopathy causes a loss of sight that can affect physical and psychosocial abilities. Nurses can help reduce the incidence of this devastating condition

'Exciting' asthma therapy discovery

Study finds reason why colds trigger asthma attacks

UK researchers claim they may have discovered a new way to tackle life-threatening asthma exacerbations. 

Neuroticism linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's in women

Neuroticism linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's in women

Anxious, jealous, moody or distressed middle-aged women may be putting themselves at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 38-year long study in Sweden.

Healthy lifestyle key to avoiding gestational diabetes, finds study

Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy could be prevented if young women eat well, exercise regularly and stop smoking before and during pregnancy, according to a study.

Call for clinicians to raise issue of 'hypos' with diabetes patients

A campaign has been launched to promote awareness of “hypos” in patients with diabetes.

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New software tool creates instant asthma action plans

Practice nurses will be able to produce plans to help asthma sufferers manage their condition at the click of a mouse thanks to the launch of a new software tool by a leading charity.

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Ebola is not just 'somebody else's problem'

The horrifying ebola epidemic currently running out of control in West Africa seemed a distant problem not too long ago.

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Liver disease is now the fifth most common cause of death

Our newest free unit outlines how nurses in all healthcare settings can reduce liver disease by identifying patients with risk factors for the three major types of liver disease – alcohol, hepatitis B and C, and obesity leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Clinical Development: A framework for effective communication skills

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This article outlines a framework for nurses to further develop their communication skills during interaction with patients. It also shows how to implement this framework in nursing practice.

Antibiotics may help ease chronic back pain

Antibiotics may help ease chronic back pain

News that back pain could be “cured” by antibiotics has prompted wide media coverage, with The Independent reporting that “Half a million sufferers of back pain ‘could be cured with antibiotics’.”

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