The testing deficit at the heart of the COVID-19 outbreak Linda Nazarko takes stock of what we know of COVID-19 so far, and what we could be doing better GP home visits – a necessity, not an indulgence What a sad indictment it is of our society when GPs say they no longer have the capacity to offer care to the most vulnerable, those who are housebound and elderly. 1 comment Sex and disability: The conversation we urgently need to have We want to be part of normalising the conversations around sex and disability, and this also means better supporting professionals who work young people and their diverse needs. Curing the ignorance around hepatitis C Hepatitis C is a rarity among public health issues – one we can eliminate in a relatively short amount of time. The Past and Future of the NHS This summer feels like Britain has got some of its optimism back, and the 70th birthday of the NHS has given us a genuine national moment 2 comments Break the silence: it’s time to take on tinnitus ??Tinnitus is a very common condition, which can be very distressing for those that experience it, so this month’s sees our tinnitus awareness week to help raise its public profile Non-standardised infection prevention breeds confusion We can help make sure that no person is harmed by a preventable infection Support networks are vital for healthcare professionals and patient outcomes Working in a small team in a large healthcare organisation can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness 3 comments 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 Try to see my eating disorder from my point of view Blogger Adam Langley discusses his eating disorder, and argues that a united front could be the best way to support those with the condition 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 Every nurse can help to stub out smoking Though we have made enormous progress over recent years, smoking still kills, writes Deborah Arnott. 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’. Supporting breast cancer patients More people than ever are being diagnosed with breast cancer, says Jacqueline Goodchild 1 comment Encouraging self-management in COPD Chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) is the fifth biggest killer in the UK, says Ren Lawlor. Let’s preserve future generations’ health At the time of writing, the ban on smoking in cars carrying children has just come into force in England (1 October). 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'. 1 comment Let's make some noise about blood pressure High blood pressure is a major risk factor for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, chronic kidney disease and dementia. 1 comment We are all responsible for our own safety The early part of my career in hospital virus labs entailed working with viruses on the open bench because exhaust protective cabinets were not commonplace 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.