Issue : 14 July 2008
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Resuscitation by members of the public is just as effective as when performed by ambulance crews, results from the national defibrillator programme show.
Fewer children drink while underageSubscription
Fewer underage children and young people are drinking alcohol, according to a government survey.
Hospitals should help fight knife crimeSubscription
Hospitals should share data with police in order to combat knife crime, a doctor has claimed.
Permethrin most effective scabies treatmentSubscription
Administration of topical permethrin is the most effective treatment for scabies, according to a study.
Clinical Skills Challenge - case study 3Subscription
THE COMPETITION FOR THIS CASE STUDY IS NOW CLOSED. THE ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.This 49-year-old gentleman was seen by his GP 3 days ago with shortness of breath on exertion. This was causing him to rest after walking 10 - 15 metres, having previously had no problems with exercise. He had no chest pain or cough. He had taken a flight back to Scotland from Los Angeles in late October 2007.
Drug combination improves arthritis outcomesSubscription
A combination of the drugs methotrexate and etanercept can significantly improve outcomes in patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to an international study.
Asthma control is not aided by a low-salt dietSubscription
Following a low-sodium diet does not appear to have any appreciable impact on asthma control, according to UK research, contrary to previous opinion.
Nurse abused more than 20 patientsSubscription
A nurse at an eating disorders clinic had inappropriate sexual relationships with 23 vulnerable women over a period of 20 years, according to an investigation.
MRSA and C. Diff rates declineSubscription
MRSA bloodstream infections have fallen by 30%, in the last year according to latest government figures.
End-of-life nursing teams to receive £286mSubscription
Specialist fast-response nursing teams will be set up across the country to enable people to die at home under new proposals revealed today by the government.
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) can be used to treat patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, according to Cochrane Researchers.
Rosemary Cook honoured by universitySubscription
Manchester Metropolitan University has honoured one of the UK’s top nurses, Rosemary Cook CBE.
Jessica Corner takes the reins at SouthamptonSubscription
The University of Southampton has appointed Professor Jessica Corner as head of its new School of Health Sciences.
Providing Support for Hepatitis C PatientsSubscription
Opal Greyson, clinical nurse specialist in viral hepatitis at the Royal London Hospital, has developed a “buddying scheme” to match hepatitis C patients from similar backgrounds
What did the media report?
A&E figures confirm rise in violent crimeSubscription
A&E nurses are increasingly dealing with both the victims and perpetrators of crime, a UK study has confirmed.
Proposals to transport surgical instruments across the south west of England to decontamination supercentres have been described as ‘environmental madness’ by unions.
STIs continue to rise unabated in youngSubscription
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young people continue to rise, the Health Protection Agency has warned.
Global warming will lead to more kidney stonesSubscription
Global warming may result in an increase in kidney stone incidence, according to US researchers.
The government must do more to improve public health services and has made only 'slow progress' on reducing alcohol misuse and obesity, according to a new report.
H. pylori may have role in asthma preventionSubscription
A bacteria once commonly found in the stomach may have a protective effect against development of asthma in children, US researchers suggest in the online issue of Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Nurse training aid for complex paediatricsSubscription
Nurses have developed a new tool to support staff that care for children with complex health needs.
An ‘invaluable’ new training aid for nurses hoping to specialise in Parkinson’s disease has been launched.
Nurse cadet wins trust approvalSubscription
Kathryn Doherty, a second-year cadet nurse from Greater Manchester, has been commended for being ‘caring and conscientious’.
Community children’s nursing teams are vital to prevent unnecessary admissions to emergency departments, to support care at home and to speed up discharge, recommends research.
Nurses have a pivotal role in ensuring operations have been carried out and completed safely under new guidelines announced today by the government.
Fish supplements may reduce risk of asthmaSubscription
Fish oil supplements taken in the third trimester of pregnancy could reduce the risk of children developing asthma.
Concern over care for cancer survivorsSubscription
New research has revealed that around 2m people have survived cancer in the UK – prompting concerns about a lack of support for them from the NHS.
Teenage girls under pressure to conformSubscription
A report into the mental health of teenage girls has revealed that pressure to lose weight and premature sexualisation is making them unhappy.