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Substance Misuse Nursing

News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists

A nurse-led pathway to treat self-harm injuries

A nurse-led pathway to treat self-harm injuries Subscription Required

Challenges of attending accident and emergency units with patients presenting with minor injuries caused by self-harm were overcome via a nurse-led care pathway.

Hepatitis C is prevalent among drug users

From needle exchange to sexual health and beyond Subscription Required

A harm reduction service for users of intravenous drugs run by mental health nurses developed into wider healthcare services for this vulnerable group.

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.

Evidence on whether brief interventions in school reduce substance use was mixed

Interventions to tackle substance use in schools Subscription Required

A Cochrane review explored the evidence for brief interventions undertaken in schools to reduce substance misuse and other problematic behavioural outcomes for adolescents who use substances.

Patients can be shown how to improve their health during routine appointments

Building brief intervention into your everyday work Subscription Required

All frontline nursing staff can incorporate brief behaviour change interventions into their clinical practice to reduce patients’ risk of long-term conditions.

How common medicines can affect bone health

How common medicines can affect bone health Subscription Required

Drugs used to treat common conditions can adversely affect bone health. Nurses need to be aware of the risks and prevention strategies

A framework to develop nurses’ liver care skills

A framework to develop nurses’ liver care skills Subscription Required

This article reports on a competency framework to improve nurses’ skills in caring for people with liver disease, marking the launch of a Nursing Times Learning Unit

Warning that over-65s consuming alcohol at ‘unsafe levels’

One in five older people who drink alcohol are consuming it at unsafe levels, according to a UK study, sparking calls for more focus on the issue in primary care.

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Even light to moderate drinking linked to cancer risk

Drinking just one alcoholic drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men increases the risk of certain alcohol related cancers in women and male smokers, suggests US research.

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Hepatitis C is prevalent among drug users

Hospital admissions linked to hepatitis C on the increase

Hospital admissions from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease and liver cancer continue to rise, according to latest figures highlighted by Public Health England.

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Alcohol during pregnancy

Drinking alcohol while pregnant is ‘common’

Drinking alcohol while pregnant is common in UK, Ireland, and Australasia, according to UK researchers, sparking concerns from midwives.

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Drug users and smokers most at risk of opioid addiction

A quarter of patients prescribed opioids for the first time end up progressing to longer-term prescriptions, according to US researchers.

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'Substance misuse nurses are becoming jaded'

Ishbel Straker has seen substance misuse nursing change during her career and believes services are undervaluing nurses and stunting their professional growth

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'The system prevents the vulnerable helping themselves'

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“Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult” is the memorable line from the mouth of bumbling Simon Foster MP in the hilarious political comedy In The Loop.

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'I am only human; I know what it is to love and lose people'

'I am only human; I know what it is to love and lose people'

Now I am at the end of my course I have had some time to sit and reflect on my journey as a student nurse.

'Beware the creeping danger of language that leads to blame'

What’s in a name? Quite a bit it seems. Researchers, writing in the subtly titled journal Evidence Based Medicine, have found that choosing the right name is the key to success in online dating.

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Is there really a middle-class drinking 'epidemic' in over-50s?

Is there really a middle-class drinking 'epidemic' in over-50s?

“Middle-class over-50s have become a generation of problem drinkers,” the Mail Online reports – a headline that actually has little basis in fact.

No such thing as baby brain, study argues

No such thing as baby brain, study argues

“‘Baby brain’ is a stereotype and all in the mind, the Mail Online reports.

Alcohol may make you think you're more attractive

No proof 'alcohol will make you more gorgeous'

“How having just the one drink can make you look more gorgeous, according to science,” The Independent reports. But the “science” turns out to be an experiment carried out under highly artificial conditions.

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