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Neurology Nursing

News and practice for neurology nurse specialists

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.

Position of the epidural cannula

Administering 'top-ups' of epidural analgesia Subscription Required

Epidural analgesic is effective in managing acute pain, but failure is relatively common. Nurse administered top-ups of diamorphine can improve the efficacy of epidural.

People with dementia may reactivate distressing memories from the past

How a time machine concept aids dementia care Subscription Required

A “time machine” analogy is a useful way of understanding memory problems in people with dementia, better enabling health professionals to make appropriate interventions.

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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First ever awards launched for multiple sclerosis care

The first ever awards specifically for nurses and other health professionals working with patients with multiple sclerosis have been launched.

Patients with cognitive impairment ‘may feel pain more’

Patients with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment have altered responses to pain, with many conditions associated with increased pain sensitivity, concludes an Israeli review.

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Third of traumatic brain injury patients readmitted

Rates of hospital readmission following a traumatic brain injury are higher than previously reported, according to Canadian researchers.  

Nurse takes reins at neurology commissioning support body

A nurse is to lead a new directorate set up to provide commissioning support services for neurology and associated long-term conditions.

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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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