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  • Pelvic floor

    Pelvic floor training for lower urinary tract dysfunction in MSSubscription

    26 February, 2009Updated: 9 March, 2009

    Does pelvic floor muscle training improve lower urinary tract function in MS?

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    Enhancing the mental well-being of people with multiple sclerosisSubscription

    26 February, 2009

    A mental health nurse-led multidisciplinary team has set up a project to meet the emotional and mental health needs of patients who have multiple sclerosis

  • Palliative care in neurologySubscription

    9 December, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Those with a non-cancer diagnosis often receive inadequate terminal care but there are ways to improve matters, as Suzanne Simmons-Lewis explains.

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    Addressing the emotional needs of stroke survivorsSubscription

    21 October, 2008Updated: 24 March, 2009

    Background: Stroke survivors report a range of psychological difficulties.Aim: To facilitate psychological adjustment and to support understanding of the emotions associated with recovery.Method: A group intervention was developed for patients on a stroke rehabilitation ward.Results and discussion: The group was piloted, and feedback indicated the sharing of experiences was the aspect perceived ...

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    Developing an information prescription serviceSubscription

    25 September, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Background: Availability and accessibility of high-quality information is inconsistent nationally and improving information is central to Department of Health policy. This article outlines an information prescription (IP) pilot.Aim and Method: Using a quality-improvement cycle, feedback was gathered from stakeholders to develop an IP service for people with Parkinson’s disease and their relatives/carers.Results and Discussion: ...

  • Exploring the anatomy and physiology of ageing part 6 - the eye and earSubscription

    9 September, 2008Updated: 24 March, 2009

    The sixth part in our series discusses age-related changes in the eye and ear, the sensory organs most profoundly affected by the ageing process

  • Exploring the anatomy and physiology of ageing: part 5 - the nervous systemSubscription

    29 August, 2008Updated: 24 March, 2009

    This fifth article in our series explores major age-related anatomical and physiological changes in the nervous system

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    New guidance focuses on rapid treatment in stroke and TIASubscription

    21 August, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    NICE guidance emphasises that rapid treatment improves outcomes for patients after they have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack. Nerys Hairon reports 

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    Managing persistent hiccups in advanced cancer 1: physiologySubscription

    21 August, 2008

    This is the first in a two-part unit on persistent hiccups in advanced cancer. It discusses the incidence, causes, physiology and adverse effects of hiccups. Persistent hiccups are a rare occurrence in patients with advanced forms of cancer. However, when they do occur, they can have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life.

  • Spinal opioids in postoperative pain relief 2: adverse effectsSubscription

    5 August, 2008

    This is a two-part unit on using spinal opioids to manage postoperative pain. Part 1 outlined the pharmacology of spinal opioids. Part 2 discusses the selection of patients and their nursing care. It also focuses on the incidence of and response to adverse effects. For further information on contraindications, nursing care and patients’ clinical requirements, see Portfolio Pages.