Malaria cases among South Asia travellers up 22% Malaria cases among travellers returning from the Indian-subcontinent increased by 22 per cent last year, despite an overall decrease in total Malaria cases. Locally-negotiated pay for nurses Nationally-agreed NHS pay scales may be replaced with a new system of local negotiation. Localising pay spells the end for NHS - Burnham Paying nurses different salaries depending on where in the country they work would punish the poorest areas and entrench regional inequality, the Labour Party has said. Plant sterols lower cholesterol levels Plant sterols are effective in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels as part of positive diet and lifestyle changes, research has shown. Leadership academy supports CCG nurses A national research centre has been launched to help equip nurses to become more effective leaders. 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. Clear inequalities in health visitor access Children who live in Scotland's most deprived areas are less likely to be seen by a health visitor than those in privileged areas, according to research. Practice boundary pilots get underway Pilots to abolish general practice boundaries in three parts of England begin at the end of April. South Wales practice nurses win award for reducing COPD hospital admissions A team of 55 practice nurses has scooped the top prize at a national nursing awards ceremony for a project that has slashed the rate of COPD emergency hospital admissions in South Wales. EXCLUSIVE: Majority of nurses willing to work with CCGs Around 60 per cent of primary care and community nurses are willing to work with their local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to implement the government's health reforms, despite many initially opposing the changes. NMC slammed as 'confused' and 'dysfunctional' in interim review The NMC is confused about its primary purpose, distracted by its ambitions for expansion, and lacks a long-term financial strategy, the body charged with reviewing the nursing regulator has said. Record stroke and kidney failure rates Rates of stroke and kidney failure in people with diabetes have reached record levels in England, according to an analysis by Diabetes UK. Retailers sign up to reduce calories Food and drink retailers including Asda, Coca-Cola and Tesco have signed up to a government scheme designed to tackle England's obesity epidemic. Serco awarded ?140 million community health contract Private company Serco is to be awarded a ?140 million contract to provide community health services to 600,000 patients in Suffolk. 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. Cut HEIs to save lives and cut NHS costs NICE is calling on nurses to have a 'no tolerance attitude' to healthcare-associated infections (HEIs) in a bid to save lives and save money. Chancellor signals end to national NHS pay NHS pay could be negotiated on a regional basis, putting an end to the AfC framework, under proposals announced last week by chancellor George Osborne. 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). Government drive to improve rates of dementia diagnosis Primary care and community nurses will be at the heart of a major government push to improve dementia diagnosis rates by identifying risk factors and referring those in need of assessment to memory clinics. Health and Social Care Bill gains Royal Assent The Health and Social Care Bill has received royal assent to become law, after a troubled 14-month passage through parliament. District nursing workforce could be 'wiped out within a decade' District nursing could be consigned to history if a ten-year decline in workforce numbers is not urgently addressed, the RCN has warned. 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.