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Exercise and breathing in rehabilitating long COVID

In exploring what effective rehabilitation would look like, Cheng et al (2021) recommend a comprehensive programme encompassing the promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been...

Skin cancer: getting back to basics

All skin types can develop skin cancer and at any age. It is more common among people with light (fair) skin (Fitzpatrick type 1 and 2 skin). Skin cancer can affect both men and women. Even teenagers...

Primary care cardiovascular disease prevention post-pandemic: a call to action

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the effects of disrupting treatment for patients with hypertension. Data from the Quality Outcomes Framework from 2020–21 showed that optimisation rates for patients...

How practice nurses could raise awareness of ovarian cancer

Practice nurses are at the forefront of women's health. Contraception, sexual health advice, menopause management and cervical screening are some of the regular interactions nurses have with women....

Tools, guidance and key events for general practice nurses

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published updated guidance on type 1 diabetes in adults, with amended recommendations on blood pressure targets for this group of...

Research Roundup

Although regular exercise and a healthy diet are central to the prevention of several chronic diseases, there is debate over whether one can ‘outrun a bad diet’ through high levels of physical...

Climate change and health: time to act?

The warming climate puts health at risk by increasing the likelihood of injuries and illness from extreme weather events, affecting the supply of safe water, crop failure leading to food shortages,...

Over 50s to be offered COVID-19 booster and flu jab this autumn

The programme of COVID-19 boosters is expected to start in early autumn, but further details have not been provided yet. Commenting on the autumn COVID-19 booster programme, Professor Anthony Harnden,...

Asthma reviews: an essential part of good care

Primary care nurses, therefore, face a major challenge of addressing a backlog of work created by the pandemic and at the same time ensuring that they meet Quality and Outcome Framework (QOF)...

Female sexual dysfunction: what the practice nurse needs to know

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) can affect women of any age and the causes are varied and complex. Perhaps the most widely adopted diagnostic criteria for female sexual dysfunction are contained in...

Dispelling the myths around the role of a general practice nurse

A GPN does not have to be a nurse that has completed an adult nursing degree; those that have completed child, mental health or learning disability degrees can also work as GPNs (NHS Health Careers,...

Dietitians: roles in the community and contribution to patient care

It can be easy to overlook the ‘pandemic’ of malnutrition in the UK. With the abundance of shops, restaurants and fast-food outlets in the country, and with the media focusing often on obesity-the...

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