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Women's Health Nursing

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Most baby falls occurred after the mother fell asleep with her baby in her arms

Reducing the risk of baby falls in maternity units Subscription Required

Using open curtains and bedside cots, for mothers identified as being more likely to drop their babies, have greatly reduced the number of baby falls.

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Incontinence can impact on quality of life

Assessing quality of life with incontinence Subscription Required

A review of questionnaires to assess quality of life and symptom severity in women with urinary incontinence found three that outperformed others on a range of factors.

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.

Reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change

Reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change Subscription Required

Type 2 diabetes is associated with a range of serious complications, and accounts for significant costs to the NHS. Dietary and lifestyle change can reduce its impact.

Muscle training for pelvic organ prolapse

Muscle training for pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic floor exercises are effective at successfully managing pelvic organ prolapse, but do they have long-term benefits? New evidence on this information is presented with expert commentary.

Hampshire maternity units gain ‘baby friendly’ status

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the prestigious “baby friendly” accreditation for promoting breastfeeding from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Inexpensive generic drugs can ‘reduce breast cancer deaths’

Two different classes of drugs, aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates, can improve survival prospects for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, suggests latest research.

New guidance advises clinicians on tackling FGM

Clinicians must know the difference between recording and reporting female genital mutilation, according to new UK guidance on the issue.

Checks for Scottish nurses giving injectable cosmetics

Checks for Scottish nurses giving injectable cosmetics

Nurses and other practitioners providing non-surgical cosmetic interventions, such as Botox, are to be regulated in Scotland from next year, ministers have announced.

‘Sensible advice’ for tackling pelvic girdle pain

New information has been published for patients with pelvic girdle pain, which is designed to improve their quality of life through early diagnosis and treatment.

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Termination of pregnancy: a review of psychological effects on women

Termination of pregnancy: a review of psychological effects on women Subscription Required

This study reviews the evidence on the psychological effects of induced abortion.

Night shifts 'linked to increased breast cancer risk'

Night shifts 'linked to increased breast cancer risk'

“Irregular sleeping patterns have been ‘unequivocally’ shown to lead to [breast] cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests,” BBC News reports. Scientists are concerned a similar effect may occur in women working night shifts.

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