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Pause the roll-out of NHS 111, urge unions

Nursing leaders are calling for a pause in the roll-out of the NHS 111, warning that a lack of qualified nurses working on the telephone helpline will undermine patient care.

Mixed results for integration pilots

Emergency hospital admissions increased and patients were less likely to see their preferred nurse in areas covered by the DoH's integrated care pilots, a report has found.

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.

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