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Anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life care

Anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life care Subscription Required

Nurses often play a key role in administering medicines from anticipatory prescriptions to patients near the end of life. This article summarises a study of their experiences

Is chest pain always an emergency?

Is chest pain always an emergency? Subscription Required

Chest pain is a complex symptom with a variety of causes. It is essential that health professionals have good communication skills to ensure an accurate diagnosis

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

Health atlas reveals prevalence of hypertension and diabetes

The large differences in the proportion and treatment of people with diabetes and high blood pressure in England are unveiled in a new interactive online map.

Once-daily bronchodilator COPD treatment launched in UK

A new once-daily, maintenance bronchodilator treatment to relieve symptoms in adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been launched.

MPs issue warning about the 'downsides' of screening for disease

Patients are not being properly warned about the risks of screening for chronic diseases such as cancer, according to MPs.

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London's practice nurses must be 'trained in mental health crises'

Practice nurses, GPs and other community staff in London should be provided with training to assess and manage mental health crisis, new regional standards have recommended.

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Exclusive: Merger mooted for district and practice nursing teams

Merging district and practice nursing teams is an almost inevitable consequence of moves to improve community health services, according to leading health professionals.

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The big question: should district and practice nursing teams be merged?

The big question: should district and practice nursing teams be merged?

Leading health professionals have said that merging district and practice nursing teams is an almost inevitable consequence of moves to improve community health services.

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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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