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Responding to patients at risk of contracting ebola

Responding to patients at risk of contracting ebola Subscription Required

Health workers need to understand how to respond to patients with, or at risk of, ebola to ensure any isolated cases occurring in the UK do not result in an outbreak

Valuing patient and public involvement in research

Valuing patient and public involvement in research Subscription Required

Patient and public involvement is vital to many studies and funding applications, so researchers must know which processes to undertake and why they are important

Using a toolkit to prevent the spread of CPE

Using a toolkit to prevent the spread of CPE Subscription Required

Public Health England has published a toolkit to help acute trusts halt the spread of carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE), a growing public health threat

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

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The danger of contracting salmonellosis from exotic pets Subscription Required

Reptiles carry pathogens that can be harmful to humans. Children, older people, and those who are in poor health are particularly vulnerable so campaigns to raise public awareness of the issue are recommended

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CMO raises concern at drop in toddlers having flu vaccination

Parents are being urged to vaccinate their toddlers against flu to protect them from severe illness this winter.

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Overweight seven year olds likely to be obese by 11, warns study

One in five children born in the UK at the beginning of the new century was obese by the age of 11, the latest evidence from a long-term study has suggested.

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Obesity linked to 3.6% of cancers worldwide, study shows

Obesity and excess weight cause almost half a million new cancer cases each year worldwide - and almost two thirds occur in the developed countries of North America and Europe, a study has shown.

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NICE calls for free vitamin D supplements to counter deficiency

The millions of people at risk of vitamin D deficiencies should have better access to supplements, according to new guidelines.

Deputy prime minister launches mental health taskforce

Nick Clegg has launched a new mental health taskforce in a bid to improve services across the country.

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'Community nurses do have the power to save our NHS'

'Community nurses do have the power to save our NHS' Subscription Required

In advance of the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s annual conference, I have been reflecting on the collective power of community nurses to improve the health of our nation - and when I say “community nurses” I mean nurses across the whole range of specialties.

Does losing your sense of smell predict death risk?

Does losing your sense of smell predict death risk?

“Sense of smell ‘may predict lifespan’,” BBC News reports. New research suggests people unable to smell distinctive scents, such as peppermint or fish, may have an increased risk of death within five years of losing their sense of smell.

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