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Issue : 2 December 2007

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  • Bereavement increases risk of death and suicideSubscription

    News7 December, 2007

    Bereavement is associated with an increased risk of mortality from a range of causes including suicide, according to a study.The review of literature pooled data from 16 previously published studies on health outcomes of bereavement and found mortality was higher among the recently bereaved.One study found widowers were 3.3 times more likely to commit suicide than married men. Another study of 12,522 married people aged 40 and over ...

  • African HIV patients go undiagnosedSubscription

    News7 December, 2007

    African HIV patients living in the UK are missing out on life saving diagnosis by GPs, according to a study published today.

  • Reactor closure leaves cancer patients waitingSubscription

    News7 December, 2007

    The extended closure of a nuclear reactor in Canada has left thousands of cancer patients without treatment worldwide by causing a shortage of radioactive isotopes.The National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River laboratories in Ontario was shut down in mid-November for routine maintenance.During this time, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission began to question the NRU’s electrical system and have extended its opening until mid-January.The ...

  • Primary care blog: 'I intend to continue community health battles'Subscription

    Opinion6 December, 2007

    RCN primary care adviser and's star blogger Lynn Young has a word of caution - and a sense of déjà vu - on scrutiny measures for community nurses

  • Trust admits instruments were contaminatedSubscription

    News6 December, 2007

    Services at sterilisation and disinfection units of four Surrey hospitals have been suspended following revelations of contaminated surgical instruments.

  • BME mental health admissions 'too high'Subscription

    News6 December, 2007

    Some black and minority ethnic groups are three or more times more likely than average to be admitted as inpatients in mental health and learning disability services, according to the Healthcare Commission.

  • Efficacy of sinusitis treatments questionedSubscription

    News6 December, 2007

    Common treatments used for acute sinusitis are no more effective than a placebo, a study has revealed.

  • Skiing injuries on increaseSubscription

    Focus6 December, 2007

    The incidence of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries caused by skiing and snowboarding is increasing, warn Canadian researchers.They pooled data from 24 relevant studies published between 1990 and the end of 2004.Findings from one article indicated that the percentage of head injuries among skiers increased from 12% to 15% between 1993 and 1997. Over the same period, the ...

  • Wards remain closed at Bath hospitalSubscription

    News5 December, 2007

    Three wards remain closed at Bath Royal United Hospital NHS Trust, after an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting virus last week.

  • NHS personal care 'must improve'Subscription

    News5 December, 2007

    Personal care needs to improve dramatically before the healthcare service becomes 'world class', according to the government's health watchdog.

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