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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.

‘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.

Young People and Mental Health

Talking therapies referral rate double for female teens than males

The number of young people accessing a national talking therapies programme for people with mental health problems for the first time is steadily increasing, with teenage girls more than twice as likely to be referred as their male counterparts, new data has revealed.

Single dose of HPV vaccine maybe as ‘effective as three’

A single dose of the bivalent human papillomavirus vaccine may offer a similar level of protection against HPV-16 and 18 infections, according to research combining data from two large trials.

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Women less likely to have cancer surgery if emergency diagnosis

Breast cancer patients are four times less likely to have potentially lifesaving surgery if they are diagnosed as an emergency rather than through an urgent GP referral, according to a study.

Calcium and vit D supplements ‘don't ease’ menopausal symptoms

Vitamin D and calcium supplements do not improve menopausal symptoms, according to a major study on women’s health.

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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.

Report warns of threat to unborn babies from CMV virus

“Thousands of pregnant women are unwittingly passing on infections to their unborn babies that cause severe disabilities,” is the headline in the Daily Mail after a new report highlighted the risks cytomegalovirus (CMV) can pose to pregnancies.

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