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Delays to diagnosis of bowel cancer

Around 10 per cent of bowel cancer patients die within a month of being diagnosed, according to the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN).

Benefits of reducing smoking

Reducing smoking - rather than quitting - improves survival rates, according to Israeli researchers who stratified 4,633 male smokers aged, on average, 51 years, into four categories: none; 1-10; 11-20; and at least 21 cigarettes daily.

Cutting rates of suicide

Service improvements prevent suicide, according to an analysis of individuals who contacted mental health services in the 12 months before committing suicide in England and Wales between 1997 and 2006.

Soft drinks linked to asthma

Drinking large amounts of soft drinks is associated with an increased risk of developing asthma and COPD, especially in smokers, Respirology reports.

Vaccines and paediatric ADRs

Vaccines are the therapeutic class most commonly linked to paediatric adverse drug reactions (ADR), according to an analysis of Yellow Cards. The study also found that ADR reporting by nurses increased dramatically in recent years.

Call for ovarian cancer campaign

Women are dying needlessly every day because they do not recognise symptoms of ovarian cancer, according to research by Target Ovarian Cancer.

Scotland to fund insulin pumps

Children and young people in Scotland with diabetes are to gain access to insulin pumps as part of a ?1 million government drive to increase take-up of the devices.

Teen pregnancy rate lowest for 30 years

The teen pregnancy rate in England has fallen to its lowest level for more than 30 years despite an overall increase in the number of pregnancies across all ages.

RCN members reject pension offer

More than 60 per cent of RCN members who took part in the ballot on changes to the NHS pension have voted to reject the government's proposals.

News in brief

Chief executive of the NMC Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes (pictured), has resigned from his role, citing 'personal reasons' for his decision.

RCN backs 'No Tokenism' campaign

The RCN has become the latest high-profile nursing organisation to publically back Independent Nurse's No Tokenism campaign, which aims to champion nurse involvement in clinical commissioning.

In my view - We must spot early signs of lung cancer

As a Macmillan lung cancer nurse specialist, the majority of patients I see present with late and incurable disease (87 per cent), and most will die with one year. Improvements in cancer waiting times have enhanced the patient's journey, but more lives co

Rosemary Cook - Patients want competent, confident care

After a year-long Right Nurse, Right Skills campaign, and months of data collection and analysis, the QNI launched its new report on community nursing at the House of Lords on 21 November. Nursing People at Home - the issues, the stories, the actions mark

In my view - You can help to avert mental health crises

Access to NHS emergency healthcare should be a given. However, the findings of an investigation revealed today by mental health charity Mind, show that crisis care for people with mental health problems can not only be poor quality, but difficult to obtai

Rosemary Cook - What do patients think of you as a nurse?

Do you know what your patients think of your service? Do you know what they think of you as a nurse? They will have a view.?It is easy to think that people's individual encounters, especially for routine care, don't really register much with

In my view - We must listen to the needs of the dying

The RCN is to be congratulated for publishing guidelines on how nurses should respond if someone asks for assistance to die. In so doing, the college faces up to the reality that some dying patients request help to die and that health professional

Rosemary Cook - Queen's Nurses have reached a milestone

Next year will mark five years since the QNI re-introduced the Queen's Nurse (QN) title, formerly given only to nurses who trained as district nurses at the Institute. Now the title is for any community nurse who can demonstrate their commitment t

Rosemary Cook - A party political perspective on health

I slipped into a parallel universe last week when I attended one of the major political party conferences. It is a strange environment for anyone used to health conferences. For a start, the security systems you have to negotiate just to enter the

Rheumatoid arthritis

Overall key pointsThe cause of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is unknown, although it is recognised as an autoimmune disease.The progress of RA is generally downhill, with increasing disability, morbidity and mortality.Referral for specialist opinion should ideally be within three months of onset of symptoms.A combination of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) is the first line of treatment.

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