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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

Trial to test shopping vouchers as breastfeeding enticement

Researchers have announced the wide-scale expansion of a trial in which women are offered shopping vouchers for breastfeeding, following success in a pilot study.

Complex jobs 'may preserve memory'

Having a complex job 'may help preserve memory', say researchers

Complex jobs that require a lot of difficult analysis or social interaction may protect the brain from mental decline, research suggests.

More testing needed by practice nurses to cut cost of hypertension

Practice nurses should test patients more frequently for high blood pressure, according to an action plan published by Public Health England aimed at tackling the condition that includes new figures suggesing it costs the NHS £2bn every year.

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Exclusive: Minister 'confident' of hitting extra health visitors target

The minister responsible for health visiting has hit back at warnings that a key government recruitment target might not be reached early next year.

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Scientists offered £10m prize to help cut use of antibiotics

A £10m prize has gone on offer to find a solution to the growing issue of bacteria and viruses which are resistant to antibiotics.

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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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