Issue : 9 April 2014
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“Working out in warm water could be a radical new cure for high blood pressure,” the Mail Online reports. Results of a small study suggest that “hot aquarobics” may benefit people who had failed to respond to conventional treatment for high blood pressure.
Practice nurses in should be awarded the 1% pay rise that NHS staff in Scotland are receiving, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
St Mary’s Hospital transformed by 56m mural Subscription
Bridget Riley, the internationally recognised British artist, has completed a spectacular new mural at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
The Care Quality Commission is asking health professionals for views on the regulator’s plans for inspecting and rating care services.
Four teenage girls given lab-grown vaginasSubscription
Laboratory-grown vaginas engineered from patients’ own cells have successfully been implanted into four teenage girls, US researchers have reported.
Nurse struck off for alleged assault on lover Subscription
A male nurse who allegedly punched his former lover on the back of the head and withheld information on previous criminal convictions for violent behaviour has been struck off the nursing register.
Men with prostate cancer are being given false hope by tests that underestimate the aggressiveness of their disease, a study suggests.
The performance gap between the NHS in England and the rest of the UK has narrowed in recent years, despite considerable differences in policy in each country, a wide-ranging report found.
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Do you have any advice for this student nurse?
The NHS has left itself open to accusations of institutional racism after failing to ensure ethnic minorities are represented in senior roles, such as nursing director posts, suggests a new report.
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“The illegal party drug ketamine is an ‘exciting’ and ‘dramatic’ new treatment for depression,” BBC News reports. A small study found that some people with severe depression responded well to the drug.
Cochrane review questions benefit of TamifluSubscription
Ministers should review the use of a widely used anti-flu medication, researchers have said after their review questioned the efficacy of the drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu).
A high fat diet increases the risk of the most common form of breast cancer by a fifth, an Italian study has found.
Sibling rivalry may extend to breastfeeding infants who keep their mothers up at night to prevent them getting pregnant, an expert has claimed.
A thirst for copper could be the Achilles heel of some cancers, US scientists believe.
Visualising a “safe place” helps patients reduce pain while undergoing procedures, according to a complementary health study by Danish nurse researchers.
Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) is seeking to employ 250 new nurses as result of a £3.5m investment in extra nursing staff.
An intravenous drug that is taken once a year over two years looks set to gain official approval as a new treatment option for multiple sclerosis.
Irish president meets nurses at London hospitalSubscription
Irish president Michael D Higgins visited University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Wednesday, as part of his historic visit to the UK.
Rebuilding lives after injurySubscription
Damian Smith is determined that people with spinal cord damage get the most out of life
“Skin cancer: Genetic mutations ‘warn of risk’,” reports BBC News today.
Some of Northern Ireland’s most senior health professionals are today holding a summit on the pressures facing unscheduled and accident and emergency care there.
There is “scope for improvement” for care delivered to hospital patients across England, the Care Quality Commission has noted in the wake of its annual survey on patient experience.
A twice-weekly exercise routine may help to slow down the advance of dementia, a small study has suggested.
The current and recent use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be linked to a heightened risk of an irregular heartbeat among older adults, a study has found.
Small financial incentives, of as little as £30, could encourage injecting drug users to complete a course of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, according to researchers.
Commissioners have ordered an external review of the maternity unit at Homerton University Hospital Trust in the light of ongoing “safety concerns” raised by an anonymous group of midwives.
New measures to make trusts publish ward staffing information do not go far enough and risk burdening nurses with gathering “utterly meaningless data”, it has been claimed.
Patients visiting the antenatal clinic at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust are now being greeted by a virtual assistant called “Shanice”.
Giving staff role clarity will help to will bring improvements to patient care, says Brendan Brown
60 seconds with...Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson, deputy chief nurse at the University Hospital of South ManchesterSubscription
We talk to Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson, deputy chief nurse at the University Hospital of South Manchester, who qualified as a nurse in 1994.
“Probiotics ‘don’t ease’ baby colic,” the Mail Online reports. A small, though well-conducted, study suggests that probiotics – commonly touted as “friendly bacteria” – could actually make symptoms worse.
The Royal College of Nursing has written to MPs across the “political spectrum” asking them to support efforts to contest the government’s decision to hold back a basic pay rise for many nurses.
Heart failure admission cases double when a patient has had poor sleep, according to new research presented at a nursing conference.
Millions of people in the UK could be failing to recognise that they are obese − putting themselves at risk of early death, a report suggests.
Unison members in Doncaster have held a further 48 hours of strike action this week over changes to their pay and conditions.
The spread of poor diets with large amounts of processed food, fat and refined sugar could be leading to increasing levels of inflammation in the body and, as a result, contributing to increased asthma prevalence, say researchers.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published draft guidance aimed at addressing confusion over the clinical management of people affected by drug allergy.
The new head of the NHS in England has already met with a high powered group of patient safety campaigners, including a nurse who whistleblew on poor care at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to be granted new powers by the government to allow it to re-open closed fitness to practise cases, Nursing Times has been told by the regulator’s chief executive and registrar.
Wards are seriously understaffed. That’s the message Nursing Times readers gave loud and clear over a year ago, responding to a survey just before thepublication of the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust. And when we repeated the survey this year the situation was little improved.
“A cup of Earl Grey ‘as good as statins’ at fighting heart disease,” reports The Daily Telegraph, entirely without proof.
A new panel of international nurse leaders has been set up to establish a “global voice and vision” for the future of nursing that will advance world health.
Devon hospital makes French connection Subscription
A hospital trust in Devon last week played host to a group of 30 student nurses from France.
One in three ICU survivors develop depressionSubscription
A third of intensive care patients develop depression that typically manifests as physical, or somatic, symptoms such as weakness, appetite change, and fatigue, rather than psychological symptoms.
Parkinson's patients 'scared' of hospital admissionVideoSubscription
Patients with Parkinson’s disease are being subjected to a “frustrating and scandalous” standard of care when in hospitals, a charity has warned.
Almost half of new mothers are not made aware of potentially fatal conditions which could kill them or their newborn, a Netmums poll suggests.
A new trial that will make it easier to prescribe medicines is set to get under way in Scottish hospitals.