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Neurology Nursing

News and practice for neurology nurse specialists

People with dementia may reactivate distressing memories from the past

How a time machine concept aids dementia care Subscription Required

A “time machine” analogy is a useful way of understanding memory problems in people with dementia, better enabling health professionals to make appropriate interventions.

Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression

Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression

Nursing Times Learning has launched a new unit on how to tell the difference between dementia, delirium and depression in older people, to ensure they receive the right care.

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Improving observation with new technology Subscription Required

Nurses’ use of technology for patient assessment and observation is improving patient care and safety, as case studies from Croydon and Merseyside show.

Close contact with animals can improve the wellbeing of older people with dementia

Improving dementia care with the Eden Alternative Subscription Required

The Eden Alternative is a philosophy that encourages nurses to empower care home residents by recognising what they are able to do and engaging them in activities.

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.

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Stroke patients at heightened risk of attempting suicide

Stroke patients can be up to twice as likely to commit suicide compared with the rest of the population, and the risk of attempted suicide is highest within the first two years after a stroke.

Macrolide antibiotics linked with 'small risk' of foetal neuro damage

Macrolides antibiotics, currently considered safe during pregnancy, may carry a small risk of neurological damage and so should be reviewed by regulators, according to UK researchers. 

Breastfeeding linked with higher adult IQ and earning ability

Longer duration of breastfeeding is linked with increased intelligence in adulthood, longer schooling, and higher adult earnings, according to a high profile study published earlier this week.

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Parkinson’s patients ‘twice as likely to die in hospital’

Parkinson’s patients more than twice as likely than other patients to die in hospital following emergency admission, according to the largest ever study of its kind in England.

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Parkinson’s nurses urged to join national network to improve care

Nurses who work with Parkinson’s disease patients or have an interest in the condition are being urged to join a new network that aims to “revolutionise care”.

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'With Terry Pratchett's death, dementia care has lost a powerful and ferocious advocate'

Sir Terry Pratchett’s death is a terrible loss. Not only to the millions of Discworld fans around the world but, perhaps more importantly, to the nursing community and those who are part of the fight against dementia. 

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Neurological assessment 1 - Assessing level of consciousness Subscription Required

This article, the first in a four-part series on neurological assessment, describes assessment of level of consciousness.

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.

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