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Issue : October 2009

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  • Gene therapy to aid lung transplants

    Gene therapy to aid lung transplants

    NHS Choices31 October, 2009

    “Donated lungs that have to be discarded because they are not good enough for transplant can now be repaired and made suitable for patients,” The Times has reported.

  • They will help ensure that all NHS staff have access to the best information available online to help them make informed decisions about patient care.

    Clinical guidelines accredited for NHS EvidenceSubscription

    News30 October, 2009

    Evidence-based clinical guidelines and information on the latest medicines and treatments from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence (NICE) are being made available on the NHS Evidence website.

  • Evil robot

    Nurses will be replaced by evil robots - you have been warnedSubscription

    Opinion30 October, 2009

    Following a fine tradition of blowing a legitimate topic of debate out of all proportion, Beyond the Bedpan has its say on downgrading nurse roles. It’s not pretty

  • Health minister Mike O’Brien said: “People rightly expect the same level of quality and safety of their care regardless of which organisation is providing it - this single registration framework gives them that assurance.

    DH issues new regulations for health and social care providersSubscription

    News30 October, 2009

    A new system of registration for health and social care providers has been published by the Department of Health.

  • The death of a man stabbed by a mental health patient could have been averted if the teams caring for him had been adequately supported to provide ‘assertive’ treatment.

    Better mental health treatment 'may have stopped murder'Subscription

    News30 October, 2009

    The death of a man stabbed by a mental health patient could have been averted if the teams caring for him had been adequately supported to provide ‘assertive’ treatment.

  • There were 78,000 new cases of swine flu in England in the past week, up from 53,000 the week before, new estimates show.

    Another big rise in swine flu casesSubscription

    News30 October, 2009

    There were 78,000 new cases of swine flu in England in the past week, up from 53,000 the week before, new estimates show.

  • Fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener added to sugary soft drinks

    Sugary soft drinks linked to high blood pressureSubscription

    News30 October, 2009

    New research shows that high fructose corn syrup, a common sweetener added to sugary soft drinks and processed food, can contribute to high blood pressure.

  • New figures show a rise in the number of children being given prescriptions for drugs to treat ADHD and mental health problems.

    Number of children prescribed drugs for ADHD and depression risesSubscription

    News30 October, 2009

    New figures show a rise in the number of children being given prescriptions for drugs to treat ADHD and mental health problems.

  • Scientists have created ‘sperm and eggs from stem cells’

    Sperm 'made from stem cells'

    NHS Choices30 October, 2009

    Men and women may no longer be needed to create babies, according to the front page of the Daily Mail, which says that scientists have created ‘sperm and eggs from stem cells’. Other newspapers predict that the research could lead to human sperm being produced within five years.

  • Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN

    RCN votes to scrap charitable statusSubscription

    News29 October, 2009

    The Royal College of Nursing has voted in favour of changing the RCN’s legal status so it is no longer a charity, and establishing a charitable foundation as a separate body.

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