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Issue : December 2012

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  • pills

    Prescription drugs and grapefruit a 'deadly mix'

    NHS Choices4 December, 2012

    “A breakfast of grapefruit and marmalade on toast could be lethal for people taking medication” is the headline in the Daily Mail.

  • Money

    Second wave of NHS pension contribution increases unveiledSubscription

    News3 December, 2012

    The government has published details of the pension contribution increases that nurses and other NHS staff face next year.

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    Psoriasis drug could hold key to dementia treatment

    NHS Choices3 December, 2012

    BBC News reports that, “drugs used to calm inflammation in psoriasis may also help to combat the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, a study on mice suggests.”

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    Smoking 'rots brain’ causing mental decline

    NHS Choices2 December, 2012

    Smoking “rots the brain” the BBC reported today, while the Daily Mail said ‘smoking doesn’t just age your lungs, it damages your brain too’.

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    Charity report shows examples of bad NHS care

    NHS Choices1 December, 2012

    “‘Shocking’ treatment in NHS hospitals and care homes exposed in report,” The Guardian reports, while the Daily Mail says that a “Damning report reveals failings in NHS care of patients ‘treated worse than animals’.”

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    Claims flu jab is a 'waste of money' misleading

    NHS Choices30 November, 2012

    As flu season approaches, claims that the flu vaccine is a ‘waste of money’ are being widely reported. The Daily Telegraph declares that ‘flu vaccine effectiveness [is] exaggerated,’ while the Daily Mail claims that ‘flu jabs are a ‘waste’ of taxpayer’s money.’

  • Louise Poley

    RCN Wales unveils its first 'nurse of the year'Subscription

    News29 November, 2012

    A consultant nurse for substance misuse has been named Welsh “nurse of the year” by the Royal College of Nursing.

  • Funding pressure 'may hit NHS care'

    Funding pressure 'may hit NHS care'Subscription

    News29 November, 2012

    Waiting times in emergency wards are rising as unprecedented financial strains on the health service start to bite, a report suggests.

  • Dan Poulter

    Minister calls regional pay cartel 'heavy handed'Subscription

    News29 November, 2012

    Health minister Dan Poulter has signaled a shift in the government’s stance on the controversial South West Consortium during a debate in the Commons.

  • Record numbers living with HIV

    Record numbers living with HIVSubscription

    News29 November, 2012

    A record number of people in the UK are living with HIV, with the number of people with the virus reaching nearly 100,000, new figures show.