The “outrageous” five‐year survival rate in England for patients with the most common type of pancreatic cancer ‐ pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) ‐ has been revealed for the first time in a study, commissioned by the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK
Nurses at the first hospice in the UK to trial a ground-breaking scanner designed to detect pressure damage say the device has helped them act sooner to stop ulcers developing and raises questions about the value of traditional skin assessments.
A new test can identify intensive care patients at highest risk of potentially life-threatening secondary infections, including from antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA and C difficile, according to UK researchers.
Nurses have been “overlooked and under-utilised” in hospital antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs), according to US researchers.
High tech treatment of open leg wounds is no better than using regular dressings, new research suggests.
Clinicians must avoid “telling off” or “blaming” patients with diabetes, according to a new guide that highlights the importance of using the right words when interacting with those with the disease.
Metformin – the cheap drug routinely used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes – could also help millions of other patients with cardiovascular conditions in the UK, according to researchers.
Nurses are best placed to implement new guidance on caring for frail, elderly diabetes patients, one of its authors has told Nursing Times.
Respiratory rate is a vital sign but is often not recorded. This article, the second in a six-part series, explains the anatomy and physiology of breathing and how it is affected by ill health
Alcohol is the main cause of liver disease and associated death. By raising awareness and offering brief interventions, not only to patients but also to family and friends, nurses can potentially save lives, argues Gerri Mortimore
One of the keys to eradicating hepatitis C virus infection is to find infected people who are not engaged with health services and offer them treatment with direct-acting antivirals. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
Eating tree nuts and peanuts improves blood lipid levels and blood glucose levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to Canadian researchers.
Gestational diabetes may predispose women to early-stage kidney damage, a precursor to chronic kidney disease, according to US researchers.
People with a history of injecting drug use are at risk of venous disease and leg ulcers, especially if they inject or used to inject into the femoral vein. This article comes with a self-assessment enabling you to test your knowledge after reading it
Two community nurses from Cardiff, who specialise in continence and stoma care, have been given awards to mark their long service by a leading nursing charity.
Nurses who work in prisons are being harmed and put at risk by a surge in the use of the psychoactive drug known as Spice, says the Royal College of Nursing, which has called for stronger safeguards.
Nutritional deficiencies are one of the risk factors for developing pressure ulcers. As part of the Stop the Pressure campaign, NHS Improvement has published useful resources to help staff reduce patients’ risk
Insulin errors are still a “worrying problem” in hospitals across England and Wales, according to the charity Diabetes UK, which says diabetes inpatient teams must be “fully staffed” to ensure safe care.
Surgery to repair spinal fractures is no more effective for pain relief than a sham procedure in older patients with osteoporosis, according to researchers in the Netherlands and the US.
One gram of fish oil a day and other simple dietary changes could help reduce the pain of patients with osteoarthritis, according to a review of studies by UK researchers.