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Friday 19th January 2018

Steroids do not cut deaths from sepsis but do speed recovery

Treating sepsis patients with steroids does not reduce mortality but does lead to quicker recovery in survivors and the need for fewer blood transfusions, according to a major international study.

Fewer obs at night to avoid disturbing patients 'may pose risk'

Nurses are deviating from early warning scoring systems and taking fewer vital signs at night so they do not disrupt patients’ sleep, which could be posing a risk to patient safety, according to a new study involving health service hospitals.

Thursday 18th January 2018

Gestational diabetes ‘increases risk’ of conditions in women

Women who have gestational diabetes during pregnancy have a higher than usual risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease in the future, according to researchers.

Chronic conditions driving A&E visits 'not lack of primary care'

Rising accident and emergency attendance rates are being driven by long-term health conditions, rather than a perceived lack of GP provision, according to East London researchers.

Patient reminders ‘effective’ at boosting vaccination uptake

Reminding patients when their vaccinations are due or overdue increases the number of people being immunised, according to a Cochrane review led by nurse researchers.

Wednesday 17th January 2018

Studies support surgery as effective intervention for obesity

Obese patients who undergo weight-loss surgery have a lower death rate than those who receive other forms of treatment, according to a new study.

Tool launched to reduce ‘variability’ in dementia training quality

Tailoring and face-to-face delivery are among the keys to providing effective training on dementia, according to researchers behind a new tool that is being adopted nationally to assess programmes.

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Breastfeeding for six months ‘protects’ against type 2 diabetes

Breastfeeding for six months or more nearly halves the risk of women developing type 2 diabetes, a new long-term US study has found.

Statins ‘safe’ for treating children with heightened cholesterol

Statins are safe for children who have inherited abnormally high levels of cholesterol, according to new research funded by the British Heart Foundation.

Monday 15th January 2018

NHS bowel screening uptake boosted by ‘reassuring reminders’

Bowel scope screening uptake can increase by more than a fifth when patients are sent two additional reminders with a leaflet that addressed common concerns, according to a new study.

Risk of adverse drug reactions found to be ‘higher for COPD patients’

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, especially those who also have other chronic illnesses, are at greater risk of adverse medication reactions, according to a UK primary care study.

Thursday 11th January 2018

Pregnancy still ‘high risk’ for women with diabetes in Scotland

Pregnancy for women with diabetes remains high risk and more work is needed to ensure mothers and babies in Scotland get the best care, say researchers behind a new study.

Patients' view of care worse with lower nurse staffing levels

Perceptions of poor quality hospital care are strongly linked to there being too few nurses on duty, rather than staff being “uncaring”, according to new analysis of patient satisfaction levels in England.

Transitional care nurses in A&E ‘reduce older inpatient admissions’

Basing specialist nurses trained in “transitional care” within the accident and emergency department can significantly reduce the number of admissions among older patients, according to a US study.

Mediterranean diet may help protect older patients from frailty

The so-called Mediterranean diet may help reduce the risk of frailty in older individuals, according to a review of evidence by UK researchers.

Wednesday 10th January 2018

Funding urged for weight loss schemes proven ‘clinically effective’

More funding should be poured into “under-resourced” NHS weight management programmes, say researchers who found evidence they do work.

Night shift nurses at higher risk of developing common cancers

Female nurses who regularly work nights are significantly more likely to develop breast cancer and other common forms of the disease than those on day shifts, suggests a new study.

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Side effects significantly reducing adherence to diabetes drugs

Many people with type 2 diabetes are not taking their medication due to unpleasant side effects including flatulence and diarrhoea, suggests a large-scale study, whose authors are urging doctors and nurses to actively ask their patients about medication adherence.

Learning through drama 'helps prepare student nurses'

Role play is an effective way to prepare nursing students for the realities of professional practice, according to new research from Sweden.

Monday 8th January 2018

Inactivity has more ‘severe impact’ on muscles with age

Disuse of muscles due to short periods of inactivity caused, for example, by time spent in hospital can “dramatically enhance” decline in muscle mass in patients as they age, warn researchers.

Past falls ‘independently help predict risk of bone fracture’

A patient’s history of past falls can help predict their risk of bone fractures, independent of bone mineral density and other clinical factors, according to researchers.

Women face ‘sexual disadvantage’ in heart attack treatment

Fewer of the thousands of women who experience a heart attack each year would die if they were given the same treatments as men, according to researchers in the UK and Sweden.

Friday 5th January 2018

Study backs two-question mental health pregnancy screening

Mental health disorders among pregnant women can be screened just as effectively by using a two-question tool as with a 10-point questionnaire, a new UK study has found.

Poor dental health increases ‘risks of frailty in older men’

The presence of oral health problems is associated with greater risks of being frail and developing frailty in older age, according to UK researchers.

Nurses sleeping less than eight hours ‘at depression risk’

Nursing staff who sleep less than eight hours a night are at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety, suggests US research.

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