Issue : 7 June 2011
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Combination antithrombotic therapy may increase the risk of bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), say researchers.
There is no evidence that Botulinum toxin injections reduce chronic neck pain or associated headaches, according to the US authors of a Cochrane review.
Dr Peter Carter, the Royal College of Nursing’s Chief Executive and General Secretary, chatted with us live about the future of nursing: health reforms and nurse commissioning. You can read the transcript here
Most UK heart disease deaths in North West Subscription
The highest rate of deaths from heart disease in England occurs in the North West, figures have suggested.
High epilepsy drug doses risk birth defectsSubscription
Seizure control drugs used by epilepsy sufferers during pregnancy have been associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to researchers.
Patients who undergo elective total hip or total knee replacements at hospitals with lower surgical volume have a higher risk of venous thromboembolism and mortality following the procedure, according to an American study.
There is no difference in outcomes between salicylic acid treatment for verrucas and cryotherapy, a study published in the BMJ has found.
Patients have a more favourable impression of their care and are less likely to suffer an adverse incident if they are involved in their care, a study has found.
An eight-week rehabilitation at home programme for patients recovering from critical illness was found to have no effect on the rate of improvement, according to researchers.
Dr Frances Goodhart hosted a live webchat on cancer survival on June 10 at 12pm. You can read the transcript here
Working with families who may have inherited cardiac conditions is hugely fulfilling for Melanie Doyle
Dressing clean surgical wounds with postoperative dressings does not decrease the level of infection and wound dehiscence, say researchers.
Dementia patients who are given antipsychotic drugs should have their prescriptions reviewed within a year, experts have claimed.
Southern Cross announces thousands of redundancies Subscription
Hundreds of nurses’ jobs are feared to be at risk after the UK’s largest care home operator, Southern Cross Healthcare, announced 3,000 job cuts.
Women from poorer areas of the UK are less likely to be diagnosed early and are less likely to survive breast cancer, say researchers.
More see mental health problems as an 'illness'Subscription
More people see mental health problems as an illness like any other, according to a new survey.
We quiz the chief nursing officer for Wales, Jean White, who is also honorary visiting professor at Cardiff University. She qualified to be a nurse in 1982.
Measles and the MMR: where are we now?Subscription
‘The numbers of susceptible unvaccinated children are mounting and as they get older, it’s forgotten that they still need protection’
'So what area of nursing do you work in?'Subscription
‘I’m a staff nurse for adult inherited metabolic disorders and not many nurses know what I do!’
Hormone cancer therapy ups diabetes risk for menSubscription
Men with prostate cancer are at higher risk of developing diabetes or diabetes risk factors if they receive androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to block the production or action of male hormones that can fuel the growth of this cancer.
Heart function may be affected in people with Type 2 diabetes as early as adolescence, according to a new study.
Hormone levels predict individual menopause ageSubscription
Age-specific blood levels of the Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) can predict when women will reach menopause, say researchers.
A full independent inquiry into the abuse of residents at Winterbourne View, filmed by BBC Panorama, has not been ruled out, the government has said.
Muscle thermoplasty breakthrough for severe asthma Subscription
Severe asthma sufferers could be set to benefit from a new treatment after a hospital became the first in the UK to carry out a pioneering technique which can help patients breathe easier.
Men with chronic heart failure can look forward to improved sexual performance thanks to a type of pacemaker, a new study claims.
Parents are to recieve more help from clearer guidance to be published on children’s medicines containing paracetamol.
Are your patients satisfied with your surgery?Subscription
Patients choose their care centre by evaluating the quality of the service not the quality of nursing care, says RN Jennifer Ward
How to work in partnershipSubscription
Consider the purposes and costs of partnerships – working together may not be for the better, says Robin Miller
The government is set to make it compulsory for GP consortia to have a nurse representative on their boards, Nursing Times understands.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has been urged to beware of cosmetic injectable firms conning customers.
Jane Cummings and Michelle Mello ask what we can do to improve quality and justify pride in the nursing profession
Last week brought yet more bad news for those in the caring professions.
Many things bemuse me. The popularity of Cheryl Cole is an obvious example. Or gangsta rap – and I know I’m not the target audience but what is that all about?
CNO spends £1m on consultantsSubscription
The chief nursing officer spent nearly £1million on consultants last year, according to data from the Department of Health.
The future of thousands of nurses and healthcare assistants employed by Southern Cross Healthcare remains uncertain, following news that the troubled care home provider has given itself a four month breathing space to stabilise its precarious finances.
Entry requirements for adult nursing courses in London appear to bear little relation to their quality, according to the latest performance ratings.
GP practices that employ more nurses and invest strongly in their training and education tend to provide better care, according to analysis of data exclusively shared with Nursing Times.
The Royal College of Nursing has renewed its call for nurses to have a guaranteed place on all GP consortia boards.
A cell phone-sized, wireless near-infrared device is as reliable as the current “gold standard” invasive tests in determining bladder disease, according to researchers.
No change on 18 week target despite PM pledgeSubscription
The Department of Health has confirmed that there will be no reintroduction of national performance management for the 18 week referral to treatment target, after prime minister David Cameron pledged to retain the limit.
This month, CNO Christine Beasley has been working with directors of nursing across the NHS on the government’s listening exercise
Nurse consortia role must be 'enshrined in law'Subscription
The Health Bill must be amended to make it illegal for GP consortia not to have a nurse in a senior decision making position, the Royal College of Nursing has said.
The government will be urged to appoint a cabinet minister to help secure the future of staff and residents at Southern Cross care homes as the company struggles under mounting debts.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced that a contract with a consultancy firm to monitor the quality of nursing and midwifery programmes will not be renewed.
Skin cancer infusion significantly extends livesSubscription
A life-giving skin cancer drug described as a “true breakthrough” could be available in the UK within months.
Current triage methods for suspected pandemic influenza do not reliably identify patients with good and poor outcomes, warn Sheffield researchers in the Emergency Medicine Journal online.
Primary care nurses have been advised to ensure patients – particularly those travelling to France – are vaccinated with MMR following a dramatic rise in measles cases this year.
The government must invest “energy and real money” into the district nursing workforce, one of the authors of a new initiative to improve palliative care in primary care settings has warned.
BBC panorama case may stop nurses whistleblowingSubscription
Has the Care Quality Commission’s failure to act on warnings of abuse dettered you from whistleblowing?
Ensure safe and effective care when using enteral and parenteral nutrition