Issue : 3 February 2016
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“UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos,” BBC News reports.
“Teenage girls who get their five-a-day cut breast cancer risk by up to 25 per cent,” the Daily Mirror reports.
“Proton beam cancer therapy ‘effective with fewer side effects’,” BBC News reports.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the Zika virus has now spread through both South and Central America and expects 3-4 million people to be infected in 2016.
“Get fruity to get fit: Eat more berries to beat a big belly,” The Sun reports.
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Nurses in management roles should be taught “transformational leadership” skills in order to boost retention of nursing staff in the early stages of their career, suggests a Canadian study.
Can you advise this student nurse?
Health promotion is part of every nurse’s role but conversations are not always easy to start. Practice nurse and health promotion enthusiast, Jaqui Walker, explains how World Cancer Research Fund can help
Current arrangements for managing the supply of clinical staff for the health service in England are “fragmented and do not represent value for money”, according to a report by auditors.
“Antidepressant use doubles the risk of suicide in under 18s and the risks to adults may have been seriously underestimated,” The Daily Telegraph reports.
Lord Carter’s review of NHS productivity has recommended that a new metric – “care hours per patient day” – should become the principal measure of hospitals’ use of nurses and healthcare assistants from April this year.
Manchester trust struggling to contain hospital bug Subscription
Efforts to contain the spread of highly resistant bacteria have cost a Manchester hospital trust more than £5m in eight months.
Cancer death rates in the UK have fallen by nearly 10% over 10 years, according to the latest analysis released on World Cancer Day by a leading charity.
A new health visitor service user experience survey and toolkit has been designed specifically to measure the experiences of families who use these services across England, say its developers.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is thought to be the first health service provider in the country to receive six Macmillan quality awards.
A mental health trust at the centre of poor care allegations has applied to pay a senior nurse more than David Cameron.
A bill to ensure minimum nurse staffing levels in Wales has passed a further stage in the process of becoming law, following a debate last night.
Gain a postgraduate qualification in health by distance and flexible learning
Nearly 5,000 blood cancer patients each year do not get the specialist nursing support that many other cancer patients receive as a matter of course, according to a charity.
“Researchers have reported a second case that suggest [sic] Alzheimer’s can be transmitted during medical treatments,” the Mail Online reports.
We talk to Georgie Relph, a community mental health nurse and care co-ordinator in an early intervention in psychosis team.
A healthy approach to workSubscription
Diane Romano-Woodward found occupational health so satisfying she decided to set up her own business
The Royal College of Nursing has taken the decision to advise its student members to “carefully consider the implications” of taking part in next week’s walkout over plans to end the bursary.
The prevalence of generalised anxiety disorder for older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is much higher than among those without the condition, according to Canadian researchers.
Two Surrey trusts could merge as early as the summer, after their boards decided to press ahead with revised plans.
A breakfast high in protein, like eggs, keeps children fuller longer than cereal or oatmeal, causing them to eat fewer calories at lunch, according to US nurse researchers.
Patient care is “deteriorating” due to rising workloads, according to half of the GP practices that responded to a survey by the British Medical Association.
Health Education England would “have almost certainly” commissioned more adult nurse training places if it had not been subject to funding cuts by the Treasury, its chief executive Ian Cumming has revealed.
Taking benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia is not associated with an increased dementia risk in older adults, according to US researchers – but they still advise caution when prescribing them.
'Patients need properly trained nursing staff'Subscription
Ever since we broke the story on the nursing associate role, people have asked what Nursing Times’ position is on the issue.
On hearing that I’m a nurse, the usual response is “Oh! Which hospital do you work in?
A system of colour-coded badges has been introduced at a specialist hospital in London to help nurses identify their role in an emergency, helping to boost staff confidence.
Members of the National Assembly for Wales are to vote tomorrow during the third stage of a bill on safe nurse staffing levels that is passing through parliament.
The outbreak of the zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean, potentially linked to a recent rise in numbers of babies born with smaller heads, has been declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization.
In my second year I started a community placement where the hub and spoke model was being used.
Proton beam therapy offers potential to treat childhood brain cancer with fewer severe side effects than conventional radiotherapy, according to US researchers.
Public Health England is reminding eligible older people to get the shingles vaccine to help prevent the painful infection, following a drop in coverage.
Junior doctors to strike for 24 hours next weekSubscription
Junior doctors will strike for 24 hours next week but the British Medical Association has said they will provide emergency care instead of the full walkout that had been threatened.
Salford appoints interim dean for nursing schoolSubscription
The University of Salford has announced the appointment of Brian Boag as interim dean of its school of nursing, midwifery, social work and social sciences.
Revalidation: case study from a pilot siteSubscription
Before the new system of nurse and midwife revalidation was approved, it was piloted at a range of sites. This article reports on experiences at a primary care site
Many people with mental ill health or learning disability die early, preventable deaths but steps can be taken to ensure their physical health needs are not overlooked
Creating a personalised music playlist for hospital patients with dementia helps to improve their mood, engagement, responses and communication
'We must evolve our terminology to reflect our approach to care. Let's start with 'service user''Subscription
I think it’s fair to say that learning disability nurses are all too familiar with a variety of often puzzling terms used to identify the individuals we support. But there is one term in particular that, put simply, has to go.
Embedding a sound knowledge base among staff contributes to reduce the occurence of pressure ulcers, says Gemma Lilley
There is little evidence to suggest that hospitals with only single rooms for patients are any safer than those with more traditional ward structures, according to researchers.
Almost 5% of England’s nursing workforce are due to undergo revalidation in the first quarter of 2016-17, official papers reveal.
Improving acute care for patients with dementiaSubscription
Relatives may notice inadequacies in care when a relative with dementia is admitted to hospital. This study gathered views of carers to indicate how care can be improved
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