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.
Many newspapers are reporting on the Health Protection Agency’s latest figures on the ongoing outbreak of norovirus – the so-called winter vomiting disease. The data suggest that cases of the virus, which are usually highest after Christmas, are high for this time of year.
‘Premature babies study shows survival rates on rise’ is the headline in The Guardian, which is one of many sources reporting the news that survival rates for babies born between 22 and 25 weeks have risen overall since 1995.
‘Asperger’s syndrome dropped from psychiatrists’ handbook’, is the headline in The Guardian.
Nursing bodies condemn prank callSubscription
Heathcare organisations have expressed concern at the hoax call that duped nurses into helping reveal details about the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition.
NHS hospitals in England are “full to bursting”, says The Daily Telegraph, while The Guardian highlights concerns over “worryingly high” death rates in some hospitals.
“Whooping cough cases are higher than at any point in the last twenty years and 13 babies have died from the disease, official figures have revealed” The Daily Telegraph reports.
“The number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an “all-time high” in 2011” BBC News reports, while the Daily Mail warns “A record 100,000 people in the UK with the HIV virus, but a quarter ‘do not even know they are infected’”.
“Parents can learn whether their newborn is at risk of becoming fat using a simple online calculator,” The Daily Telegraph has reported.
“Syrup found in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks fuelling diabetes on a ‘global scale’,” reports the Daily Mail, highlighting that countries that use large amounts of fructose corn syrup have diabetes rates “20% higher” than countries where it is less common.
An independent review of the controversial palliative care practice known as the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) has been announced, many newspapers report.
“A breakfast of grapefruit and marmalade on toast could be lethal for people taking medication” is the headline in the Daily Mail.
The government has published details of the pension contribution increases that nurses and other NHS staff face next year.
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.”
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’.
“‘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’.”
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.’
RCN Wales unveils its first 'nurse of the year'Subscription
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'Subscription
Waiting times in emergency wards are rising as unprecedented financial strains on the health service start to bite, a report suggests.
Record numbers living with HIVSubscription
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.
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.
Child's chance of obesity predictedSubscription
Parents are being offered a way to predict the chances of their newborn baby becoming obese.
Statins and exercise regime backedSubscription
Cholesterol-lowering drugs and exercise are a winning combination for treating high cholesterol, research has shown.
Yawning in the womb could be used as a “baby health indicator”, The Guardian reported today. It said ultrasound scans that catch unborn babies ‘yawning’ may help doctors monitor normal development.