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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.

Asthma care: one death is one too many

The report by the National Review of Asthma Deaths supported findings from previous enquiries by providing further evidence that most asthma deaths are preventable and thus remedial. So are we failing in our care and management of asthma?

Handwashing should be policed

In the nineteenth century, obstetrician Dr Ignatz Semmelweis (1818-1865) instigated a handwashing regime on the labour ward of the Vienna General Hospital, where mortality rates from puerperal fever (a streptococcal infection) exceeded 12 per cent. Within

Good nutrition is about more than eating

David Kynaston's Austerity Britain 1945-51 (2007) cites a study that compared the diets of over 4000 four-year-olds in 1950, with a similar number of four-year-olds in 1992.

Urinalysis: to do or not to do?

As a student nurse, 'weighs and wees' were an important weekly, or in some cases daily, part of patient care. Urinalysis is one of the most common investigations that can lead to a formal diagnosis.

Mixed messages over fats and diet

The past fortnight has seen a flurry of communications on obesity-related issues.First, England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies' annual report on child health, highlighted obesity in children as a significant long-term issue that must

Imagine living with Parkinson's disease

Imagine being arrested for not smiling at an event. Mark Worsfold who attended the recent London Olympics, last year was. Mr Worsfold, who has Parkinson's, was arrested while watching a cycling event as his lack of movement and facial expressions

A welcome intervention for cystic fibrosis

January's Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) by NICE recommending TOBI Podhaler (tobramycin inhalation powder) as a cost-effective therapy is to be welcomed by people with cystic fibrosis (CF).

Stamping out missing meals in the UK

As honorary chairman of The British Dietetic Association (BDA) I would like to introduce IN readers to our 'Mind the Hunger Gap: stamp out missing meals in the UK' campaign.

Vital link between social care and health

As Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony demonstrated, Britain is rightly proud of the NHS. Nurses working in hospitals and in the community touch the lives of the 800,000 people with dementia in the UK every day.

The importance of exercise in later life

The Olympic and Paralympic Games may well have inspired people of all ages and abilities to try some new activities, but how do we ensure that a more active nation is truly a legacy of the Games, particularly when it comes to older people?

Tackling health inequalities remains key

Viv Bennett, the director of nursing for public health, and the DH have called for primary care and community nurses to capitalise on the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by taking every opportunity to pass on healthy living advice to patients.

Tackling malnutrition in the community

Last month, health secretary Andrew Lansley pledged to improve the nutritional value of hospital food. This, he feels, can be achieved through improving buying standards. Anything that has the potential to improve the nutritional care of hospital patients

Compassion is a vital quality, NHS-wide

Dignity is 'the essence of proper nursing' according to Sir Keith Pearson, chair of the NHS Confederation, and one of the authors of Delivering Dignity: securing dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care homes.

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