Divorce public health from alcohol industry Multinational food and alcohol industries use similar strategies to the tobacco industry, to undermine public health policies, a paper published in The Lancet claims. Updated NICE guideline for urinary incontinence NICE is updating its clinical guideline for management of urinary incontinence in women. Framework for care of people with liver disease A framework to support nursing care of patients with liver disease and better identify symptoms, has been developed by the RCN and NHS Liver Care. Tayside study produces end-of-life care package A study in Tayside involving community nurses and terminally ill patients has produced a standardised end-of-life care package, which could be a valuable aid for other health systems. NICE consults on range of CCG outcomes indicators Nurses are invited to take part in NICE's consultation on additional indicators for the 2014/2015 Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (formerly the 'Commissioning Outcomes Framework'). The 32 proposed indicators cover conditions including NICE consults on range of CCG outcomes indicators Nurses are invited to take part in NICE's consultation on additional indicators for the 2014/2015 Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (formerly the 'Commissioning Outcomes Framework'). The 32 proposed indicators cover conditions including Systematic care failures in assessing children A 'systematic failure in the NHS' to assess children with acute illness that could be better managed by general practice, out of hours services and NHS Direct, has led to yearly increases in emergency hospital admissions for children. Health visiting lacks education infrastructure There is a 'real need' for health visitors to receive better education and training to enable them to develop practice, according to the National Nursing Research Unit at King's College London. Care failings in the community must be addressed, say nurses An overwhelming 98 per cent of primary care and community nurses acknowledge quality of care could be improved in practice and community settings, but warn key barriers to overcome include insufficient qualified nurses and inappropriate use of skill mix. NMC to update overseas nurse registration policy The NMC has reviewed its overseas registration policy in a bid to lead to a clearer, better understood and more robust registration process for overseas applicants, which will strengthen its ability to protect the public. Measles cases: highest annual total since 1994 A total of 2,016 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales were reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in 2012, constituting the highest annual total since 1994. Patients missing out on blood glucose test strips The national clinical director for diabetes has urged practices to ensure patients with type 1 diabetes have supplies of blood glucose test strips, following reports that people are missing out on prescriptions. Low harm risk from horse meat in UK food chain There is no evidence horse meat in the UK food chain will cause a safety risk to consumers who have eaten it, according to CMO Dame Professor Sally Davies. Dementia friends scheme launches first sessions A government-funded Alzheimer's Society initiative to improve public understanding of dementia by signing up a million 'dementia friends', launched last week with the first of its 'friends information sessions'. 'Pessimism' grows over NHS financial pressures Pessimism is growing in the NHS and social care as local leaders respond to mounting financial pressures, according to independent health charity The King's Fund. Isolation among cancer patients in the community affects care and outcomes One in four of the 325,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients in the UK - an estimated 70,000 patients each year - lack support from family and friends during their treatment and recovery, according to new research published by Macmillan Cancer Support. NICE launches consultation on gout drug NICE has opened a consultation on a drug for severe gout. Government unveils support for elderly to pay for long-term care The colaition government has unveiled support for the elderly in paying for long-term care, setting a cap on costs at Â£75,000. Francis Report: what does it mean for primary care nurses? The Francis report has called for a 'culture change' throughout the NHS, but Independent Nurse wants to investigate how it's findings will affect primary care and community nurses. Expert group formed to boost NHS Constitution An expert group chaired by minister of state for care services Norman Lamb, has been created to 'strengthen' the NHS Constitution. Cutting sugar intake helps reduce weight Reducing sugar intake has a small but significant effect on body weight in adults, according to a paper published in the BMJ. Pros of breast screening outweighed by cons While deaths from breast cancer may be avoided by screening, any benefit will be more than outweighed by deaths due to the long-term adverse effects of treatment according to Michael Baum, professor emeritus of surgery at University College London. Prescribing of combined pill requires review GPs and practice nurse prescribers have been urged to review the prescribing of the combined hormonal contraceptive pill after research revealed many are taking 'unacceptable risks' by continuing to prescribe it in women with medical conditions such as hy Lack of access to epilepsy specialist nurses hits care People with epilepsy are not gaining access to specialist nurses, according to charity Epilepsy Action. Interventions for older people misusing alcohol Many older people are misusing alcohol and would benefit from intervention by mental health professionals.