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Using texts to increase access to school nurses

Using texts to increase access to school nurses Subscription Required

A project to make school nursing services in two secondary schools more accessible enabled young people to contact their school nurse using a mobile texting service

Teenage pregnancy and sexual health

Teenage pregnancy and sexual health Subscription Required

Despite improvements in sexual health education and services for young people, pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted infections among this group remain high

Motivational interviewing and HIV drug adherence

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Researchers have identified varying degrees of success when using motivational interviewing to increase adherence to antiretroviral therapy

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Infectious diseases among homeless populations

Incidence of a range of infectious diseases is higher in homeless people than in the general population. Local studies are needed to inform service planning and provision.

Framework for improving sexual health outcomes

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Sexual health is a key population health issue. The Department of Health has issued a new framework for England, which sets out the evidence base for sexual health services

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Genetic testing increases following Angelina Jolie mastectomy

Genetic testing increases following Angelina Jolie mastectomy

Referrals for genetic breast cancer tests more than doubled in the UK as a result of what doctors have dubbed the “Angelina effect”.

Urine test for HPV recommended

Urine check for HPV recommended as alternative to smear test

A urine test that detects the human papilloma virus could offer women a less invasive alternative to a cervical test, experts have said.

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Many mentally ill women assaulted

Many mentally ill women assaulted

A “staggering” number of women with severe mental illnesses are victims of serious sexual assault, experts have found.

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Nurse undergoes pioneering treatment for womb prolapse

A gynaecology nurse has avoided a hysterectomy after her hospital trust adopted a pioneering new treatment for womb prolapse.

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Emergency contraceptives still effective for heavier women

Emergency contraceptives continue to be suitable for all women who need them, regardless of the woman’s weight, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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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.

‘HIV self-test kits are a step forward but questions remain’

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Restrictions on the sale of HIV self-testing kits were revoked in April 2014, so it is now legal to sell these kits to the public. Expert national organisations such as the Terence Higgins Trust have welcomed the move as a way to encourage early diagnosis and improve quality of life for people with HIV.

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”.

Casual sex can boost self-esteem

Casual sex can boost self-esteem

“Casual sex IS good for self-esteem – but only if you’re a ‘physically strong, narcissistic male’,” says the Mail Online, somewhat inaccurately.

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