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Shining a light on Post-Polio Syndrome

Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) affects lots of people, with an estimate of 120,000 sufferers in the UK. Those who previously contracted polio may be at risk of some of the devastating symptoms

Knell tolls for Hunt and homeopathy

Replacing scientifically verified vaccinations and treatments for 'bonkers' homeopathic medicine is dangerous. But not as dangerous as the health secretary who champions such treatments, writes Abigail James

Discharge planning is still a priority

In 2014, the QNI published a survey of more than 1000 district nurses. Three major issues were identified from the data: workforce, mobile working and discharge planning.

Domestic abuse without the bruises

Emotional abuse is a common, yet difficult to identify form of domestic abuse. Mike Shallcross explores how a popular radio show tackling this issue is encouraging the public to reexamine the typical image of an abuser and his weapons

Time to end the sugar rush

As a health journalist, one of my universal rules of life is to immediately discard any story which claims: ‘X is the new smoking’.

Time for policy to influence health

The dangers of a sedentary life have been well documented for years, but recent studies highlight the negative implications of inactivity as a stand-alone problem, says Beda Higgins.

Forcing the public's hand over health

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, announced last week that NHS employers should offer employees opportunities to keep fit and well, saying it was time for the NHS to 'get its house in order' and ‘look after its own'.

Enabling health not fixing it

Nurse training and nursing per se has to fundamentally change, so that primary care nurses become enablers of health, not fixers when things go wrong, says Heather Henry.

Genetic screening: the right to know

In 1997 the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Drug addicts need specialist help

There was recently a lot of coverage concerning Peaches Geldolf's untimely death. A similar media frenzy followed Amy Winehouse's death, and that of Peaches' mother Paula Yates in 2000.

Asthma care: one death is one too many

The report by the National Review of Asthma Deaths supported findings from previous enquiries by providing further evidence that most asthma deaths are preventable and thus remedial. So are we failing in our care and management of asthma?

Handwashing should be policed

In the nineteenth century, obstetrician Dr Ignatz Semmelweis (1818-1865) instigated a handwashing regime on the labour ward of the Vienna General Hospital, where mortality rates from puerperal fever (a streptococcal infection) exceeded 12 per cent. Within

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