Issue : 26 November 2007
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Senior nurses under fire over Mecca bed claimSubscription
Senior nurses in Yorkshire have defended themselves over an initiative to make wards more culturally aware.
Patients should 'tell nurses to wash hands'Subscription
Patients need to be more assertive and be wary of doctors and nurses who do not wash their hands, according to health secretary Alan Johnson.Responding to questions by the Health Select Committee last week, Mr Johnson said: ‘We need to make patients confident and assertive enough to comment if their clinician has not washed their hands.’Mr Johnson criticised some surgeons who ‘feel exempt from washing their hands’ ...
Ibuprofen treatment slows CF onsetSubscription
Ibuprofen treatment can slow the rate of decline in lung function in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis, a study has shown.
Alcoholics may ingest hand gelSubscription
PATIENTS dependent on alcohol are putting their lives at risk by deliberately ingesting infection control hand rub, researchers have warned.
GPs rely on out-of-hours serviceSubscription
GPs are increasing relying on their out-of-hours services and are unwilling to make home visits to patients, a study has shown.
Government launches coughs campaignSubscription
The government has launched a campaign aimed at helping the public prevent the spread of coughs and viruses in winter.
Trauma fractures linked with osteoporosisSubscription
Fractures caused by major trauma, such as automobile accidents have been linked with osteoporosis in older people by a study.
Outpatient waits in Scotland get worseSubscription
The number of Scottish outpatients waiting over 18 weeks for treatment has risen by 9%, according to government statistics.
NICE approves allergy asthma injectionSubscription
NICE has approved omalizumab (Xolair), a fortnightly injection for the treatment of allergic asthma in adults and children over 12 years, which data suggests could halve acute asthma exacerbations. The institute said it should only be used if the asthma was still severe and unstable despite efforts to control it with other therapies, and should be used alongside current asthma medications. ...
Cholesterol drug gets NHS go-aheadSubscription
The anti-cholesterol drug ezetimibe (Ezetrol) has been approved by NICE as a possible treatment for adults in certain circumstances.The institute said it could be taken on its own by a patient who was unable to take statins. Or at the same time as a statin when cholesterol levels were not low enough, despite increasing the dose of the statin, or if a person was unable to try higher doses ...