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An update on fibre

The guidance has evolved. Here’s what primary care nurses need to know, writes Sara Patience

Crash dieting no worse than steady weight loss

Many guidelines suggest gradual weight loss, reflecting the widespread view that 'weight lost rapidly is more quickly regained'. However, a new Australian study - which enrolled 51 men and 153 women aged 18 to 70 years - has challenged this assumption.

Weight loss in primary care fails

Behavioural weight loss interventions delivered in primary care produce only 'very small reductions in body weight, which are unlikely to be clinically significant,' according to a meta-analysis of 15 randomised controlled trials encompassing 4539 participants.

Salt cuts, blood pressure gains

Reduced salt intake made an important contribution to the decline in blood pressure between 2003 and 2011, according to a new analysis of the Health Survey for England.

Maintaining heart health

Risk factors for heart disease are wide ranging and cumulative. Nicky Kime outlines simple advice that can alter outcomes.

Targeting high cholesterol level

Annette Dunne explores reducing high blood cholesterol, a modifiable risk factor for cardio- vascular disease, from a nutritional perspective

Managing pernicious anaemia

Dr Harry Brown provides insight into the basics of vitamin B12 metabolism to help explain pernicious anaemia, its diagnosis, and treatment

The role of cholesterol

Chris Mulryan looks at the essential role that cholesterol plays in the body, and discusses the diseases that can be accelerated if levels are too high

Anaphylaxis in school settings

Allergic reactions in children must be swiftly identified and managed, write Roisin Fitzsimons, Patricia Kane and Adam Fox

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