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Issue : 10 December 2007

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  • Enhancing self-esteem in vulnerable familiesSubscription

    Clinical18 January, 2008

    Evidence of best practice in provision of parenting programmes.

  • Haemophilia prophylactic licensedSubscription

    News14 December, 2007

    A prophylactic agent has been granted a license for haemophilia A patients with inhibitors.

  • Kiwi fruit lubricant to be prescribedSubscription

    Clinical14 December, 2007

    A lubricant product developed from kiwi fruit vine has been added to the NHS Drug Tariff Part IX and is therefore available on prescription.

  • Bad news reigns, but hope springs eternalSubscription

    Opinion14 December, 2007

    Rather depressing news on the state of district nursing, health visiting and general practice nursing has been dripping into the RCN this week. Posts are being cut, skill mixed teams further reduced and education plans stopped.

  • Viagra failure can damage self-esteemSubscription

    News14 December, 2007

    Failure of the first dose of erectile dysfunction medications such as sildenafil (Viagra) can result damage confidence and self esteem in men, according to a study.The study of 630 men with ED found failure of the first dose of PDE5 inhibitors impacted on overall confidence (58%), relationships (47%) and self-esteem (68%).Additionally 77% were worried the condition was permanent and 32% reported feelings of depression. Study author David Edwards, an Oxfordshire ...

  • PCTs receive £3.8bn funding increaseSubscription

    Clinical14 December, 2007

    Funding for PCTs is to increase by 5.5% under the new NHS operating framework announced by health secretary Alan Johnson this week.

  • Ranibizumab dose-capping scheme proposedSubscription

    News14 December, 2007

    THE NHS will pay for a maximum of 14 injections of ranibizumab (Lucentis) per eye for patients with macular degeneration, under new draft guidelines launched today.

  • Cancer careSubscription

    News13 December, 2007

    Cancer is one of the UK’s leading causes of death – there are around 150,000 deaths in the UK every year and more than 5,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every week in the UK. More than one in three of all people will have some form of cancer in their lives.

  • Clinical nurse specialistsSubscription

    News13 December, 2007

    Clinical nurse specialists are senior nurses who have acquired additional knowledge, skills and experience, together with a professionally and/or academically accredited post-registration qualification (if available) in a clinical specialty.

  • Commissioning a Patient-led NHSSubscription

    News13 December, 2007

    The phrase ‘Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS’ refers to a now infamous letter sent out by former NHS chief executive Sir Nigel Crisp to all health service managers in July 2005.

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