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Glaucoma: the “silent thief of sight”

Glaucoma: the “silent thief of sight” Subscription Required

Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable sight loss. Vision can often be preserved with early identification, good adherence to treatment and long-term monitoring

Managing outbreaks of scarlet fever

Managing outbreaks of scarlet fever Subscription Required

England and Wales are currently experiencing unusually high rates of scarlet fever so it is vital that health professionals know what to do when someone is infected

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

Assessing the foot in patients with diabetes

Assessing the foot in patients with diabetes Subscription Required

Careful foot care for patients with diabetes can help to avoid foot ulcers and amputation. Practice nurses should know how to carry out a foot assessment

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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Technology 'source for obesity aid'

Public turning to apps and other technology to lose weight

People tackling weight problems are turning to technology for help to shed the pounds, a survey has suggested.

Study questions traditional view that rapid weight loss is bad

Slimmers should forget what they have been told about avoiding rapid weight loss in favour of slow but sure dieting, according to new research.

Community home district carer hoist elderly

Call for community nurses to be more 'carer aware'

A senior nurse at the Department of Health has urged community nurses to be more “carer aware” when visiting their patients.

Call to create new senior nursing roles in community

Nurses should take on key new leadership roles in primary care, according to a major report on securing the future of the sector.

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Why are patients and healthcare professionals not as engaged with respiratory care as with other diseases?

Why are patients and healthcare professionals not as engaged with respiratory care as with other diseases?

Having been involved in the asthma deaths inquiry panel, Rebecca Sherrington questions why simple changes aren’t being made in respiratory care

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Gay people have 'poorer health' and 'GP issues'

Gay people have 'poorer health' and 'GP issues'

“Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are more likely to have longstanding mental health problems,” The Independent reports, as well as “bad experiences with their GP”.

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