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Stress and coping strategies in renal staff

Stress and coping strategies in renal staff Subscription Required

This study investigated the causes of stress among both nurses and doctors working in a busy renal setting, and methods used to reduce stress

Blood tests and age-related changes in older people

Blood tests and age-related changes in older people Subscription Required

Many signs and symptoms of disease in older patients are attributed to old age without further investigation, leading to conditions being undiagnosed and untreated

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Why do we test for urea and electrolytes?

Why do we test for urea and electrolytes? Subscription Required

Glomerular filtration rate and levels of electrolytes, urea and creatinine give a strong indication of kidney function and can guide treatment

Using oral mucosa to assess for dehydration

Using oral mucosa to assess for dehydration Subscription Required

Dehydration impacts negatively on patient health and can have a fatal outcome. A check of the oral mucosa can give nurses an indication of whether a patient is at risk

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Understanding rare renal conditions

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Rare renal conditions cause structural and functional abnormalities of the kidneys, and have varying effects on patient morbidity

Further evidence exercise 'helps combat depression'

Further evidence exercise 'helps combat depression'

Physical activity combats depression by purging the body of a harmful substance that accumulates during stress, research suggests.

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Digoxin linked to increased death rates

Digoxin linked to increased death rates, warn researchers

Scientists have questioned whether atrial fibrillation patients should be treated with the heart drug digoxin after new evidence suggests that it increases death rates.

NHS Health Check no more effective than 'standard care', experts suggest

NHS Health Check no more effective than 'standard care'

Illnesses detected during the NHS’s “mid-life MOT” could be “equally well detected” without the check-up, researchers have suggested.

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Kidney Xray anatomy

NICE changes guidance to cut over-diagnosis of kidney disease

Guidelines have increased the threshold for the diagnosis of a common kidney problem in order to reduce the number of people who are being unnecessarily diagnosed and treated.

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Acute kidney injury five times more prevalent than thought

At least 1,000 hospital patients in England die each month from avoidable kidney problems, researchers have found.

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Fluid balance is maintaining the correct amount of fluid in the body.

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Fluid balance can alter with disease and illness so it important to be aware of how much fluid is in the body, taking steps such as measuring urea and electrolytes levels

Kidney damage 'killing thousands,' study claims

Kidney damage 'killing thousands,' study claims

“Failures in basic hospital care are resulting in more than 1,000 deaths a month from … acute kidney injury,” The Independent reports.

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