Issue : December 2012
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Work environment affects hospital readmission rates Subscription
The provision of a good working environment for nursing staff reduces the risk of patients needing to go back to hospital by up to 10%, nurse academics have found.
CRB check changes to help nursesSubscription
Criminal records checks will be able to be used again and again, making it easier for agency nurses to work in different organisations.
Dementia crisis looming, warns HuntSubscription
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned that Britain is facing a crisis if more is not done to combat dementia.
Light smoking ‘doubles sudden heart death risk in women’, BBC News reports. It says women who are light smokers – including those who smoke just one cigarette a day – double their chance of sudden death.
“Drinking coffee halves the risk of mouth cancer – even in smokers and drinkers,” claims the Daily Mail.
Pregnant women 'over share' clinical info on webSubscription
Mothers-to-be may be divulging too much pregnancy information on social media, a survey suggests.
Mutation in gene could fight cancerSubscription
A mutation in a certain gene linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer could help with prevention measures, research has found.
Audit raises bowel cancer concernsSubscription
Many bowel cancer patients do not get the right medical help until it is too late, figures show.
Memorial fund set up for hoax call nurseSubscription
A memorial fund has been set up for the nurse who apparently took her own life after being duped by a hoax call which led to clinical details being revealed about the Duchess of Cambridge.
The purchase of prescription medicines online without a prescription is on the increase, pharmacists have warned.
A new group will look at the barriers that prevent the NHS from functioning as a seven-day service, offering procedures such as day surgery at weekends.
“Fine and ban care home abuse bosses,” the Daily Mirror demands, while the Daily Mail says that “there must be a complete culture change in treatment” for care centres.
“People with diabetes 48% more likely to suffer heart attack, researchers find”, says The Guardian. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that people with diabetes are “65% more likely to have heart failure than the rest of the population”.
“Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can reduce symptoms of depression in people who fail to respond to drug treatment“ BBC News has reported.
Sugar may ‘comfort babies during injections’Subscription
The sweet taste of sugar may provide some comfort for babies during immunisations, according to a Cochrane review.
A new antibiotic treatment for Clostridium difficile has been accepted for restricted use by the NHS in Wales.
Julie Bolus, NHS North Yorkshire and York chief nurse, has been appointed director of nursing for the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire local area team of the NHS Commissioning Board.
The Care Quality Commission is satisfied University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust has addressed concerns about staffing levels on a ward for children recovering from heart surgery, a report by the trust claims.
‘Breast cancer deaths halved if patients given “wonder drug” tamoxifen for 10 years, not five,’ reports the Daily Mail.
The British Paralympic Association’s chief nurse has been given an honorary doctorate in recognition for helping disabled athletes for 40 years.