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Mixed results for integration pilots

Emergency hospital admissions increased and patients were less likely to see their preferred nurse in areas covered by the DoH's integrated care pilots, a report has found.

Delays to diagnosis of bowel cancer

Around 10 per cent of bowel cancer patients die within a month of being diagnosed, according to the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN).

Benefits of reducing smoking

Reducing smoking - rather than quitting - improves survival rates, according to Israeli researchers who stratified 4,633 male smokers aged, on average, 51 years, into four categories: none; 1-10; 11-20; and at least 21 cigarettes daily.

Cutting rates of suicide

Service improvements prevent suicide, according to an analysis of individuals who contacted mental health services in the 12 months before committing suicide in England and Wales between 1997 and 2006.

Soft drinks linked to asthma

Drinking large amounts of soft drinks is associated with an increased risk of developing asthma and COPD, especially in smokers, Respirology reports.

Vaccines and paediatric ADRs

Vaccines are the therapeutic class most commonly linked to paediatric adverse drug reactions (ADR), according to an analysis of Yellow Cards. The study also found that ADR reporting by nurses increased dramatically in recent years.

Call for ovarian cancer campaign

Women are dying needlessly every day because they do not recognise symptoms of ovarian cancer, according to research by Target Ovarian Cancer.

Scotland to fund insulin pumps

Children and young people in Scotland with diabetes are to gain access to insulin pumps as part of a ?1 million government drive to increase take-up of the devices.

Teen pregnancy rate lowest for 30 years

The teen pregnancy rate in England has fallen to its lowest level for more than 30 years despite an overall increase in the number of pregnancies across all ages.

RCN members reject pension offer

More than 60 per cent of RCN members who took part in the ballot on changes to the NHS pension have voted to reject the government's proposals.

News in brief

Chief executive of the NMC Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes (pictured), has resigned from his role, citing 'personal reasons' for his decision.

RCN backs 'No Tokenism' campaign

The RCN has become the latest high-profile nursing organisation to publically back Independent Nurse's No Tokenism campaign, which aims to champion nurse involvement in clinical commissioning.

In my view - We must spot early signs of lung cancer

As a Macmillan lung cancer nurse specialist, the majority of patients I see present with late and incurable disease (87 per cent), and most will die with one year. Improvements in cancer waiting times have enhanced the patient's journey, but more lives co

Rosemary Cook - Patients want competent, confident care

After a year-long Right Nurse, Right Skills campaign, and months of data collection and analysis, the QNI launched its new report on community nursing at the House of Lords on 21 November. Nursing People at Home - the issues, the stories, the actions mark

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