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No magic bullet for COVID-19

I’ve always liked to think of myself as an early adopter of new trends. While this hasn’t always played out in real life, in mid-March I had a dose of COVID-19

Who can care for carers during the pandemic

The QNI has creating the ‘TalkToUs’ listening service, enabling any nurse working in health or social care in the community to access emotional support and signposting to other services such as counselling

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.

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