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Depression in Parkinson’s disease: how nurses can help

2019-07-30T10:53:00+01:00By Emma Edwards

Emma Edwards highlights the effect depression can have on patients with Parkinson’s disease and the need for support from Parkinson’s disease nurse specialists

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A top tips guide to biosimilar insulins

2019-07-29T08:54:00+01:00By Karen Bartha

Karen Bartha shares her top tips on prescribing considerations for biosimilars such as stability, interchangeability/switching, and brand names.

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Medications and their effects on oral health

2019-06-17T10:19:00+01:00By Gemma Higgs

Gemma Higgs gives her view on how patients can be supported to manage common oral conditions, some of which can be caused by medications.

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Spirometry—it’s meaningless if incorrect!

2019-05-21T09:49:00+01:00By Chris Loveridge

With 15 years of expertise in spirometry, Chris Loveridge answers your questions about spirometry and emphasises the need to take a clinical history.

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Device selection in children and adults

2019-04-23T07:19:00+01:00By Jane Scullion

Jane Scullion provides some simple and practical advice on optimal inhaler device selection for adults and children.

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Striking a balance: device choice and therapeutic dosages

2019-04-23T03:19:00+01:00By Jane Scullion

Jane Scullion looks at the increasing complexity of the multitude of MDI and DPI devices that are available and the therapeutic options they offer.

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Safer insulin prescribing and ongoing management of individuals taking insulin in primary care

2019-03-25T13:00:00+00:00By Karen Bartha

Karen Bartha discusses recommendations for the safe prescribing of insulin and the types of insulin available for different patient groups.

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Diabetes in pregnancy: how nurses can help provide optimal care

2019-02-25T12:51:00+00:00By Karen Bartha

Karen Bartha discusses the role of primary care healthcare professionals in the management of pregnant women with pre‑existing diabetes.

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Dispelling myths about revalidation

2019-02-22T11:10:00+00:00By Karen Bartha

Karen Bartha addresses myths about the revalidation process, and provides helpful advice on how to prepare for revalidation.

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What your patient with type 1 diabetes needs to know before they go on holiday

2019-01-29T12:24:00+00:00By Amanda Epps

Amanda Epps highlights pre-travel advice for patients with type 1 diabetes.

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Causes, diagnosis, and management of common gynaecological symptoms

2018-12-18T00:00:00+00:00By Debra Holloway

Debra Holloway discusses common gynaecological symptoms, differential diagnosis, and treatment


Top tips: menopause

2018-10-29T08:40:00+00:00By Dr Louise Newson and Dr Alice Scott

Dr Alice Scott and Dr Louise Newson offer ten top tips on diagnosing and managing the menopause and premature ovarian insufficiency

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Diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnoea

2018-01-22T12:34:00+00:00By Jane Scullion

Jane Scullion describes the symptoms, causes, and appropriate recognition of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA); discusses how to manage the condition in primary care; and covers relevant guidance from NICE, SIGN, and the DVLA.

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Practical tips for the diagnosis and management of fibroids

2017-10-31T16:03:00+00:00By Debra Holloway

Debra Holloway discusses ten practical tips for the diagnosis and management of fibroids—providing information on the aetiology and symptoms of fibroids, when treatment is necessary, and the treatment options available.

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Introduction of a hexavalent vaccine into the routine childhood immunisation schedule*

2017-08-22T09:20:00+01:00By David Green and Laura Craig

David Green and Laura Craig describe the symptoms and prevalence of hepatitis B, provide information about the hexavalent vaccine being introduced into the routine childhood immunisation schedule, and discuss the continued importance of screening pregnant women for hepatitis B.

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Challenging mental health stigma in young people

2017-07-24T16:21:00+01:00By Zoe Butler

Zoe Butler, winner of the Guidelines for Nurses-sponsored Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award at the RCNi Awards 2017, explains how her Hot potato project is raising awareness of mental wellbeing in young people and destigmatising mental illness

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The power of listening: stress, distress, and depression

2017-05-30T08:26:00+01:00By Sheila Hardy

Sheila Hardy explains the causes of stress, distress, and depression; how to recognise these conditions; and the role played by practice nurses in prevention and treatment.

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Considerations when individualising care and treatment for adult patients with type 2 diabetes

2017-02-21T00:00:00+00:00By Karen Bartha

Karen Blackwood discusses considerations when individualising care and setting glycaemic targets for adult patients with type 2 diabetes, with a focus around decision making when escalating treatment.

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Practical implementation tips for setting up a successful cervical screening service

2017-01-24T00:00:00+00:00By Jenny Greenfield

Jenny Greenfield shares 10 top tips to help nurses set up and run effective cervical screening services

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A forward view on the role of nurses in general practice

2016-09-30T00:00:00+01:00By Anne Moger

Anne Moger discusses how the Five Year Forward View and the subsequent General Practice Forward View have influenced the way general practice nurses and general practitioners will work together in primary care in the future. Nurses will take on a greater role in the management of patients in primary care; ...