Vaccinations and developmental checks reduce likelihood of hospital visits during childhood, a study by UK researchers has confirmed.
Clearer guidance and training is needed at local level for health professionals on the endorsement of e-cigarettes to cancer patients who smoke, according to the authors of a UK study.
Clinically unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics in the UK must stop, according to an influential group of MPs, which is calling on the government to make antimicrobial resistance a “top five” policy priority.
Nurse-led care with a more patient-centred approach appears to be more effective than GP-led care for successfully treating gout, according to UK researchers.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has indicated he wants to see an increase in the adoption of community nursing models similar to one pioneered in the Netherlands.
Nursing Times has launched a new online learning unit for nurses on the management of obesity.
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has launched a raft of new performance indicators for primary care providers, aimed at improving care for people with diabetes.
Decongestants should not be given to young children because there is no evidence they help clear up a blocked or runny nose and their safety is unclear, according to experts investigating the effectiveness of treatments for the common cold.
A tool has been developed by UK researchers to help identify heart failure patients at high risk of sepsis, which they say could catch cases early and save thousands of lives every year.
Nurses across England are being urged to get actively involved in the latest phase of a nationwide campaign to tackle antibiotic resistance, including handing out “non-prescriptions” to patients.
Calls have been made for a new mental health support scheme announced for NHS doctors to be extended to nurses and midwives.
People eligible for the flu vaccine in Scotland, including NHS staff, are being urged to “act early and get protected” ahead of winter, as the annual flu vaccination programme gets underway.
People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing and dying from cancer, according to new research.
Many people with diabetes may be unwittingly storing their insulin incorrectly due to fluctuating temperatures inside their kitchen fridge, new research has found.
People with type 2 diabetes are more likely to suffer from arthritis and osteoporosis, suggest a new study from Denmark that shows a clear link between the two conditions.
Older adults given a falls prevention plan in primary care settings are less likely to be hospitalised, according to a US study by nurse researchers.
Taking a daily dose of aspirin does not prolong healthy living in older adults who have not previously experienced a cardiovascular event, according to an international trial.
Falling childhood immunisation rates across England risk a resurgence of “deadly and life-changing” diseases of the past, a leading nurse has warned, after new figures revealed a decline in coverage in nine out of 12 routine jabs.
Evidence does not support the widespread use of statins in healthy older people to prevent heart disease and stroke, according to the authors of a new Spanish study.
The widely held and persistent belief that milk boosts phlegm production and worsens respiratory conditions from asthma to the common cold, is a myth, argues a children’s health expert.
The commonly used painkiller diclofenac is associated with an increased risk of major cardiovascular events, according to a study in Denmark.
Millions of people in England have missed out on a chance to get early help for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease by failing to attend their NHS Health Check, according to a charity investigation.
Honey or over-the-counter cough medicines should be the first port of call for people with a nasty cough, according to new draft guidance, which advises clinicians not to prescribe antibiotics.
Nurses in the UK carry out 180 wound dressing changes a year on each patient with a chronic wound, a survey has indicated.
Clinicians can match type 2 diabetes patients to the right drug to improve blood glucose control by factoring in characteristics like body mass index and sex into prescribing decisions, say researchers.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely than other women to have an autistic child, according to an analysis of NHS data carried out by Cambridge University.
Nurses delivering primary care obtain the same or better health outcomes as doctors and achieve higher levels of patient satisfaction, suggests a new review of research evidence.
The idea that patients should always complete a course of antibiotics has again been challenged by academics.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has urged caution among prescribers over the use of antibiotics for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
A good relationship with a health professional, as well as peer support, have been identified among key factors in helping patients with lung conditions to stay active, according to UK researchers.
Continuity of care by clinicians is associated with lower patient mortality, according to UK researchers.
Patients who have a record of a penicillin allergy are at an increased risk of developing the drug resistant infection MRSA and healthcare-associated infection C difficile, according to researchers.
The NHS health check programme has “fallen considerably short” of expectations, with the impact on the nation’s health still unclear nearly a decade on from when it was first introduced, according to the first full review of research evidence.
Practice nurses and other staff at GP surgeries will soon be required to give advice on dementia risk as part of the NHS Health Check, which is offered to patients from middle age.
Therapy should be offered to patients within a month of a traumatic event to help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to draft guidance, with a new focus on early treatment.
Patients who are frail during middle age, especially caused by a long-term condition, are at higher risk of mortality than other people, according to UK researchers.
Clinicians must avoid “telling off” or “blaming” patients with diabetes, according to a new guide that highlights the importance of using the right words when interacting with those with the disease.
Nurses are best placed to implement new guidance on caring for frail, elderly diabetes patients, one of its authors has told Nursing Times.
Health professionals must identify children at risk of obesity at a much earlier age and offer families better support in combating poor lifestyle choices, according to a hard-hitting report by MPs.
Nurses must not share passwords or leave patient data onscreen, as part of a new focus on data protection in the NHS.
Smartphone messages should be sent to high risk cardiovascular patients when adverse weather conditions are predicted, say researchers, who found heart attacks were more common during cold snaps.
Patients with atrial fibrillation, which can leave them at a higher risk of stroke, still need treatment even after their heart rhythm seems to have returned to normal, warn UK researchers.
Experts who carried out a review of research on the human papillomavirus vaccine have hit out at “unjustified claims” that it can harm women for fear these could prevent them taking up the jab.
Measuring the strength of someone’s grip could be a cheap, easy and effective way of identifying people at high risk of a wide range of diseases including heart problems and cancer, a study suggests.
Study questions widely used treatment for eczema in children VideoSubscription
One of the most widely used treatments for childhood eczema may not actually be helpful, according to UK researchers.
The first GP-based Admiral nurse service has been set up in Suffolk, it has been announced.
Diagnostic imaging professionals should routinely check for and report all vertebral fractures, according to new guidance, which says early identification could reduce unnecessary GP appointments and save the NHS huge amounts of time and money.
The Scottish government is to invest £6.9m over three years for training and educating practice nurses and district nurses to “help support a sustainable 24/7 community nursing workforce”.
Proton-pump inhibitors, commonly used to neutralise stomach acid in people with heartburn or stomach ulcers, are linked to an increased risk of pneumonia in older patients, warn researchers.
The UK licence and guidance relating to sodium valproate have been changed in the wake of the recent announcement of new Europe-wide safety measures relating to the drug.