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Issue : 21 January 2008

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  • Tap water versus saline for wound careSubscription

    News25 January, 2008

    Nurses can use drinkable tap water as a safe alternative to normal saline to clean wounds, according to the findings of a Cochrane Review.

  • Care homes need MRSA strategySubscription

    News25 January, 2008

    MRSA-colonised nursing home residents are up to six times more likely to develop infection than non-colonised patients, yet very few strategies exist to prevent the spread of infection in this setting, say researchers.

  • Nurses can spot skin cancerSubscription

    News25 January, 2008

    Nurse practitioners could be taught to recognise ‘ugly duckling’ lesions that are likely to be malignant melanomas, say US researchers.

  • Cannabis withdrawal as bad as tobaccoSubscription

    News25 January, 2008

    Withdrawing from cannabis can be as unpleasant as giving up smoking, according to a study.

  • NICE recommends psoriasis drugSubscription

    News25 January, 2008

    NICE has recommended the drug infliximab as a treatment for adults with severe plaque psoriasis.

  • Shortage of midwives leads to poor careSubscription

    News25 January, 2008

    A shortage of midwives is contributing to poor maternity services across England, a health watchdog warned today.

  • Nursing students experience verbal abuseSubscription

    News25 January, 2008

    Nearly half of all nursing students have experienced workplace verbal abuse, according to a study.

  • Cancer teams lacking nurse specialistsSubscription

    News24 January, 2008

    Nearly a quarter of multi-disciplinary cancer teams in some specialities may not have a clinical nurse specialist, ministers have conceded.

  • Tap water 'as good as saline' for wound careSubscription

    News24 January, 2008

    Nurses can use drinkable tap water as a safe alternative to normal saline to clean wounds, according to the findings of a Cochrane Review.

  • Spotting malignant melanomaSubscription

    News24 January, 2008

    Nurse practitioners could be taught to recognise ‘ugly duckling’ lesions that are likely to be malignant melanomas, say US researchers.

  • Evidence gap in care home infection controlSubscription

    News24 January, 2008

    There is a worrying lack of research on the best ways to prevent MRSA in care home settings, warn researchers.

  • Cancer teams lacking specialist nursesSubscription

    News24 January, 2008

    Nearly a quarter of multi-disciplinary cancer teams in some specialities may not have a clinical nurse specialist, ministers have conceded.

  • Named nurse needed for dementia sufferersSubscription

    News24 January, 2008

    All people with dementia should be given a named community psychiatric nurse or social worker to help improve the quality of their care, a group of MPs has said.

  • Government launches £372m public health campaignSubscription

    News23 January, 2008

    The government has launched a £372m strategy aimed to encourage the population to live healthy lives and maintain a healthy weight.

  • RCN fellow becomes ICN presidentSubscription

    News23 January, 2008

    RCN fellow Derek Benton has been made chief executive of the International Council of Nurses.

  • Low vitamin E levels linked with physical declineSubscription

    News23 January, 2008

    Low levels of vitamin E are associated with physical decline in among older people, according to a study.

  • Nurse entrepreneurs opportunitySubscription

    News23 January, 2008

    A course to help entrepreneurial healthcare professionals develop their own businesses was launched in London last weekend.

  • Essex nurses win innovation awardSubscription

    News23 January, 2008

    A nurse-led service for patients with COPD has been awarded the British Thoracic Society’s silver jubilee award.

  • Nordic learning for studentsSubscription

    News23 January, 2008

    A group of nursing students from Swansea University are travelling to Sweden and Finland this week to study as part of their pre-registration training.

  • NICE approves lung cancer drugSubscription

    News23 January, 2008

    NICE has issued final guidance on the on the use of pemetrexed disodium (Alimta) for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos-induced lung cancer.The institute recommend that the drug be made available on the NHS for all patients who are considered to have advanced disease, and for whom surgical intervention is not deemed appropriate.

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