Issue : 19 August 2008
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Exceptional case system ‘in chaos’Subscription
Patients diagnosed with rare conditions not covered by NICE guidance face a postcode lottery for treatment, according to an audit involving 62 PCTs.
Clumsy childhood linked to obesitySubscription
Poor physical control and coordination in childhood are linked to an increased risk of obesity in later life, say researchers online in the BMJ.
Chart helps nurses check scriptsSubscription
A simple dosing chart could help nurses verify doctors’ prescriptions and therefore reduce drug errors, according to UK researchers.
Smoking affects later pregnanciesSubscription
Women who smoke during their first pregnancy but not their second continue to have twice the risk of a preterm birth of women who smoked during neither pregnancy, according to Australian researchers.
‘Broccoli repairs diabetes damage'
Only one-half of minority ethnic care home residents feel their needs are adequately considered. Helen Mooney analyses a critical report
Trust denies cold-callling plansSubscription
A Lancashire trust has denied it plans to send nurses to cold-call families with overweight children.
NMC drops panellists despite capacity fearsSubscription
The NMC has dismissed 66 of its fitness-to-practise panel members, despite admitting there was a risk of delays to its hearings process.
‘No regrets’ over nurse pay dealSubscription
Union negotiators have said they have no regrets over the three-year pay deal, despite it being overtaken by inflation a few months after it was agreed.
Trust pilots new patient alert systemSubscription
Nurses in Manchester are trialling an alert system that should allow them to spend more time with patients and less time trying to contact junior doctors.