Issue : 27 October 2008
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Vitamin E suppositories may be a potential treatment for ulcerative colitis – a condition which lacks a disease-specific treatment at present, a small study suggests.
Half of adults in clinic had no food allergySubscription
Half of all adults referred to a specialist clinic with suspected food allergies were found to have no food allergy, according to research.
District nursing faces greater pressureSubscription
Pressure will fall on district nursing because fewer people are being look after in residential homes, according to a leading care homes expert.
Anthrax scare sparks government investigationSubscription
The government’s infectious diseases watchdog has launched an investigation after a man was infected with anthrax spores from imported animal hides used for making drums.
NHS Hospitals are to face financial penalties if any of eight serious incidents caused by unsafe care occur on their premises, MPs were told today.
Statins reduce pneumonia death riskSubscription
Patients who take statins before being hospitalised with pneumonia are less likely to die of pneumonia within 90 days, a study has shown.
Primary care blogger Lynn Young extols the virtues of free health checks.
NHS direct asks nurses to rate its effectivenessSubscription
Nurses are to take part in clinical focus groups to analyse whether NHS Direct is responding appropriately to callers.
More drug users vaccinated against hepatitis BSubscription
Two thirds of injecting drug users have been vaccinated against Hepatitis B, compared with only one in four a decade ago, says the Health Protection Agency.
The National Audit Office is to survey acute sector nurses to gain a front-line perspective on the battle against healthcare associated infections such as MRSA.