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Neurology Nursing

News and practice for neurology nurse specialists

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.

Staff working at night may experience sleep disturbances after their shift

Reducing sleep disturbances caused by shift work Subscription Required

A Cochrane review explored which pharmacological interventions, such as modafinil and armodafinil, and other treatments, including hypnotics, can reduce sleep disturbance associated with shift work.

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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.

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‘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.

Nurse-led service for MS patients to be expanded

A nurse-led telehealth service for multiple sclerosis patients is among a group of pioneering projects chosen to receive tailored support in order to help them expand across the country.

Vitamin B12 supplements ‘do not benefit cognitive function’

Vitamin B12 supplements ‘do not benefit cognitive function’

Vitamin B12 supplements offer no benefits for neurological or cognitive function in older people with moderate vitamin B12 deficiency, according to UK study funded by the government.

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'With Terry Pratchett's death, dementia care has lost a powerful and ferocious advocate'

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.

It's the brain, not the stomach, that causes hunger pangs

Brain’s 'hunger hub' could be switched off

“Have scientists found a way to banish hunger pangs?,” the Mail Online asks. The question is prompted by research in mice looking at the “biological pathways” that regulate appetite and hunger.

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