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Continence advice by telehealth for young people

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Continence problems can limit the lives of young people with spina bifida. A nurse-led telehealth clinic used Skype for remote discussions to develop their independence

Exploring parent views  of community matrons

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A paediatric community matron service was set up to cut emergency admissions of children with respiratory disease. This article reports on a parent satisfaction survey

Treatment for early onset neonatal sepsis

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Neonates with suspected early-onset sepsis are often treated aggressively with antibiotics before infection is confirmed. NICE has recommended a gentler approach

Complication of chickenpox infection without skin rashes

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Chickenpox, without a characteristic vesicular skin rash, can result in a diagnostic dilemma when an associated complication of the infection occurs

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Using texts to increase access to school nurses

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A project to make school nursing services in two secondary schools more accessible enabled young people to contact their school nurse using a mobile texting service

New half-unit insulin pen 'offers more flexibility'

Sanofi has launched a half-unit insulin reusable pen device for patients with type 1 diabetes.

Half of young mental health patients anxious about medication

Half of youngsters given drugs to address mental health problems said they felt “frightened” when they were prescribed the medicine, a poll suggests.

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever cases double normal levels, warn public health experts

Public Health England (PHE) has reported a “significant” rise in the number of scarlet fever cases, with the vast majority occurring in children.

Hospital nurses left to look after children that have self-harmed

A survey has found a growing number of children who have self-harmed are spending long periods in “unsuitable” acute wards, because of a lack of appropriate mental health services.

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Meningitis B vaccine set to be added to routine schedule

A vaccine against meningitis B will be added to the routine immunisation programme, subject to negotiations over cost, the government has confirmed.

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Listening is harder than you think

A few years ago I met Tony Benn on a train from Nottingham to London. It was one of those chance encounters and as we started to talk Mr Benn asked me about my job, what I thought about nursing and the problems in the NHS.

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How it was fifty years ago

Watching some episodes of Melvyn Bragg’s series ‘Reel History’ on BBC television recently about the start of the NHS and the opening of the M1 Motorway, I was reminded of the time I was driven by ambulance on the newly constructed M1 Motorway from London to Birmingham when I was working as a staff nurse at the Bedford General Hospital in 1959.

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Smoke-free laws linked to improved child health

Smoke-free laws linked to improved child health

“Laws banning smoking in public places have had a positive impact on child health,” BBC News reports. Researchers found lower rates of preterm births and childhood severe asthma cases after the introduction of smoke-free laws.

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