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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

Warning over low levels of diabetes training for nurses

Nearly two-thirds of NHS commissioners do not fund for specific training in diabetes for health professionals, a charity survey has indicated.

High consumption of dairy foods 'lowers diabetes risk'

People who take eight or more portions of high-fat dairy produce each day are at a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who have only one portion a day, Swedish research shows.

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Standards planned for congenital heart disease care in England

Communication skills and staff training form part of new proposals to improve the care given to patients with lifelong heart problems by the NHS in England.

Warning over care of heart patients

Heart attack patients missing 'key aspects of care'

Many heart attack patients are missing out on potentially life-saving aspects of care, a new study suggests.

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Muscle disease genes discovered

Muscle disease genes discovered

Scientists believe they have discovered the genetic cause of an incurable muscle-wasting disease, paving the way for new treatments for sufferers.

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When was the first time you felt that buzz of pride to be a nurse?

Most nurses experience it right at the start. It could be on the bus to your first day of placement, when you have the urge to lean over and tell a stranger that you’re a nurse by the way.

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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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