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Public Health Nursing

News and practice for public health specialists

Public Heath England's seven priorities for public health

PHE will focus on securing improvements against seven priorities:

  • tackling obesity particularly among children
  • reducing smoking and stopping children starting
  • reducing harmful drinking and alcohol-related hospital admissions
  • ensuring every child has the best start in life
  • reducing the risk of dementia, its incidence and prevalence in 65-75 year olds
  • tackling the growth in antimicrobial resistance
  • achieving a year-on-year decline in tuberculosis incidence

Find out more with the Public Health England's Protecting and improving the nation's health plan

P aeruginosa is carbapenem resistant

Screening for antibiotic-resistant infection Subscription Required

How an acute London trust set about designing a programme for managing carbapenemase-producing organisms using a point-prevalence study.

Health visitors advise on early years diet

Health visitors tackle childhood obesity Subscription Required

An initiative in which health visitors took the lead role in identifying childhood obesity and introducing interventions has proved effective and popular with parents.

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One result showed acupuncture was less effective than nicotine replacement therapy

Acupuncture and related interventions for smoking Subscription Required

Evidence that acupuncture or related techniques increase the success rate in smoking cessation is inconsistent. We look at a study measuring its effectiveness.

Patients should be referred to an ophthalmic unit in cases of suspected cataracts

Nurses' role in early detection of cataracts Subscription Required

By looking for early signs of cataracts when conducting holistic patient assessments, nurses can help affected patients manage any loss of vision until surgery is appropriate.

Reducing smoking is one of the seven priorities for improving the public's health

Seven priorities to improve public health Subscription Required

To help meet the nation’s future health challenges, Public Health England has drawn up a set of areas health professionals can focus on to positively impact on public health.

Taking statins linked with 30% lower stroke risk

Regular use of cholesterol lowering drugs is associated with a significantly lower risk of stroke in healthy older adults, according to a French study.

Encouraging older men to exercise more could extend life

Half an hour of physical activity six days a week is linked to a 40% lower risk of death in elderly men, according to Norwegian researchers.

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Ealing Council

Exclusive: Concern as councils seek to cut-back on public health nursing

Council plans to slash school nursing and sexual health services by 50% have been labelled a “cash-grab opportunity”, sparking fears that other financially stretched local authorities will follow suit.

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Parents wrongly view obese children as ‘about the right weight’

The vast majority of parents of overweight children wrongly perceive them to be “about right”, according to researchers, who say clinicians need to be more effective at communication on the issue.

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Carer with elderly man

Nurses should tailor public health messages for older age groups

UK researchers suggest that public health messages aimed at older people would be more effective if they were tailored to specific age groups. Archive

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'Nurses best placed to steer their profession'

The recent changes at Public Health England and the Department of Health could be an opportunity for nursing to strengthen its voice.

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Superbug 'could kill 80,000 people' experts warn

Superbug 'could kill 80,000 people' experts warn

“Superflu pandemic is biggest danger to UK apart from a terrorist attack – and could kill 80,000 people,” is the warning in The Independent. A briefing produced by experts outlines how antibiotic resistance could pose a significant threat (PDF, 440kb) to public health.



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