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Substance Misuse Nursing

News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists

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

Nursing care for  end-stage liver disease

Nursing care for end-stage liver disease Subscription Required

Nurses are increasingly likely to encounter patients with advanced liver disease and have a vital role in improving end-of-life care for this group

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.

More funding for newer hepatitis C drugs announced

NHS England has announced it will be investing an extra £190m to improve access to new treatments for hepatitis C.

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Frequent A&E trips are powerful predictor of death from overdose

The risk of dying from prescription drug overdose increases markedly based on how many times patients visit accident and emergency, according to US researchers.


NHS must face up to alcohol and obesity challenge, warns Carter

Obesity and alcohol problems are major public health challenges that are still not being properly addressed by the NHS, with health workers often unaware of the “shocking” statistics surrounding the issues, the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has warned.

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NICE gives backing to hepatitis C drug in latest draft guidance

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has provisionally recommended ledipasvir-sofosbuvir (Harvoni) as a treatment option for some adults with genotype 1 or 4 chronic hepatitis C. Archive

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'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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'The consequences of addiction are most definitely a healthcare issue'

'The consequences of addiction are most definitely a healthcare issue'

If I were to ask you if you thought those who are dependent on substances and members of their family were subjected to negativity from some healthcare professionals, what would your honest answer be?

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Cops, robbers... and nurses

As a custody nurse, Lorna Stephens cares for people who have anything from diabetes or drug dependency issues to depression

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Substance misusers are not a lost cause Subscription Required

Courageous, strong, brave, committed, supportive and kind. These are the words I most associate with the service users I have been working with over the past four weeks.

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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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Long-term cannabis users brains 'are different'

Long-term cannabis users brains 'are different'

“Cannabis use ‘shrinks and rewires’ the brain,” reports The Daily Telegraph, with much of the media reporting similar “brain rewiring” headlines.


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