Issue : December 2003
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An estimated 200,000 people are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in England (Department of Health, 2002). Approximately 20 per cent of patients with chronic hepatitis C will develop cirrhosis within 20 years (Lawrence, 2000) and hepatitis C cirrhosis is now the leading reason for liver transplantation in the UK and the USA (Poynard, 2002). To optimise the clinical management of patients with hepatitis C, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has just published updated ...
Spinal cord injury can affect people of all ages but, statistically, the 15 to 35-year-old age group is the most vulnerable (Desjardins, 2002).
Both cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and client-centred counselling (CCC) offer patients help and support by addressing personal issues.
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A national surveillance study has been launched to look at the rate of invasive fungal infection in low birthweight infants. The survey has been prompted by the rise in morbidity and mortality in pre-term infants caused by candida. The rate of fungal infection is estimated to be about 2 in 100 babies who are born at a weight below 1,500g (Saiman et al, 2000; Stoll et al, 1996). It is likely that the increasing incidence is due to the improved survival rates of these very young babies. ...
Aspergillus: the invisible threatSubscription
The reason why these deaths fail to make the headlines is probably because the individuals concerned were struck down without warning but already had an immunosuppressive disease. Many of these patients had undergone curative therapy for, or were in remission from, life-threatening conditions such as acute leukaemia or organ failure, only to die from invasive aspergillosis.
Implementing a staff nurse development programmeSubscription
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Raising awareness of HIV for World Aids DaySubscription
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Communicating with patients who have dementiaSubscription
Recent research suggests that simply defining dementia in terms of organic brain disease and linking the process with ageing may not be as straightforward as was once thought. Stokes and Holden (1990) adopted the view that dementia was not a disease in its own right but, rather, a collection of signs and symptoms requiring further investigation.