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Addressing continence in children with disabilities

Addressing continence in children with disabilities Subscription Required

Bladder and bowel problems are common in children with learning disabilities, and often attributed to the disability itself. However, many of these problems are treatable

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

Sugary drinks 'speed up cell ageing', research suggests

Sugary drinks 'speed up cell ageing', research suggests

Drinking sugary soft drinks may accelerate biological ageing as much as smoking, a study has found.

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Nurse wins award for IBD helpline that saves appointments

A nurse has received a national award for her work in developing two innovative helplines for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Terminally ill 'need 24/7 support'

Terminally ill patients 'need 24/7 support', says charity

Terminally ill people and their families are being left “scared, alone and desperate for help” because most areas in England do not provide round-the-clock care for those dying at home, a charity has claimed.

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Millions 'depressed by body image'

Millions 'depressed by body image', say campaigners

Millions of people in the UK are depressed because of the way they think they look, according to a new campaign aimed at changing attitudes to body image.

Stem cells offer new hope for type 1 diabetes treatment

Stem cells offer new hope for type 1 diabetes treatment

Scientists believe they have made a “giant leap forward” in the quest to find an effective treatment for type 1 diabetes.

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What happens if a naso-gastric tube gets knotted?

Just because a procedure is common, and generally problem free, does not mean there are no dangers that staff need to watch out for

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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

Clinical Development: A framework for effective communication skills Subscription Required

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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