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Neurology Nursing

News and practice for neurology nurse specialists

Research is needed for stroke rehabilitation

Improving upper limb function after stroke Subscription Required

Upper limb weakness following stroke has a negative impact on daily living and quality of life but the evidence for interventions is limited.

The thirst sensation diminishes with age

Detecting dehydration in older people: useful tests Subscription Required

Older people are at increased risk of dehydration, and many screening and diagnostic tests are used to identify the condition. This article assesses their value.

Acute kidney injury: prevention and recognition

Acute kidney injury: prevention and recognition Subscription Required

Acute kidney injury is a common but serious disorder. Knowing how it can develop enables prevention and early detection, leading to better outcomes for patients.

Physical touch can help carers to connect with people who have advanced dementia

Using sensory activities to improve dementia care Subscription Required

A structured programme of sensory activities can improve end-of-life care for people in nursing homes with advanced dementia.

The Mental Capacity Act provides a two-stage diagnostic and functional test

Improving the efficacy of the Mental Capacity Act Subscription Required

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is not achieving all its original objectives. This article examines the barriers and how these can be overcome.

People with dementia may reactivate distressing memories from the past

Patients lose awareness of memory loss before dementia

Patient may begin to lose awareness of memory loss several years before they are formally diagnosed with dementia, a US study suggests.

Anticholinergics could delay brain injury recovery

Nurses should regularly review medication in brain injury patients to ensure those with anticholinergic effects are used appropriately, according to UK researchers.

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Obesity linked with heightened risk of Alzheimer’s  

Insulin resistance resulting from obesity increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to US researchers.


‘Urgent’ stroke review underway in Kent and Medway

There is an “urgent need” to improve stroke services across Kent and Medway, commissioners have decided.

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Cognitive ability deteriorates faster in stroke patients

Stroke is associated with accelerated and persistent declines in thinking ability over six years, according to a major long-term study in the US.

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Sir Terry Pratchett’s death is a terrible loss. Not only to the millions of Discworld fans around the world but, perhaps more importantly, to the nursing community and those who are part of the fight against dementia. 

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Neurological assessment 1 - Assessing level of consciousness Subscription Required

This article, the first in a four-part series on neurological assessment, describes assessment of level of consciousness.

Dementia levels remain static, despite an ageing population

Warnings of a dementia epidemic may be unfounded

“Dementia may not be the fast-growing epidemic it has been painted to be,” The Guardian reports. Latest data from Europe shows the percentage of dementia cases have levelled off, rather than increased.



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