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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

A framework to develop nurses’ liver care skills

A framework to develop nurses’ liver care skills Subscription Required

This article reports on a competency framework to improve nurses’ skills in caring for people with liver disease, marking the launch of a Nursing Times Learning Unit

Healthy lifestyle key to avoiding gestational diabetes, finds study

Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy could be prevented if young women eat well, exercise regularly and stop smoking before and during pregnancy, according to a study.

All GP practices to publish doctor earnings under new contract

Every general practice will be required to publish the average earnings of their GPs as part of the new contract announced today.

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Call for clinicians to raise issue of 'hypos' with diabetes patients

A campaign has been launched to promote awareness of “hypos” in patients with diabetes.

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New software tool creates instant asthma action plans

Practice nurses will be able to produce plans to help asthma sufferers manage their condition at the click of a mouse thanks to the launch of a new software tool by a leading charity.

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Increase in antibiotic 'failure rate'

'Shocking' increase in antibiotic failure rate

A “worrying” number of antibiotics prescribed to patients by their family doctors fail to treat common infections, new research suggests.

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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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