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2011-11-17 10:41:53

547 nurses, midwives and allied health professionals responded to survey Newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who took part in an online course during their first year of employment reported increased clinical skills development and confidence. However the survey on the Flying Start NHS programme, published in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing, found that mentors needed more training and time to provide support. Researchers surveyed 547...

2011-11-04 23:11:57

Research: Comparison of range of commercial or primary care led weight reduction programs with minimal intervention control for weight loss in obesity: Lighten Up randomized controlled trial Commercial weight loss programs are more effective and cheaper than primary care based services led by specially trained staff, finds a study published on bmj.com today. Almost a quarter of the population of England are now classified as obese. Good evidence shows that commercial weight management...

2011-10-26 09:21:36

Letter: The NHS breast screening program needs independent review An independent review of the NHS breast cancer screening programme is under way, Professor Sir Mike Richards, National Cancer Director, told the BMJ today. His announcement follows an open letter from Professor Susan Bewley, Consultant Obstetrician at King's College London, urging Professor Richards to initiate a review of the evidence in light of growing uncertainty over the benefits and harms of breast screening....

2011-10-11 09:22:06

Analysis: Does competition between hospitals improve clinical quality? A review of evidence from 2 eras of competition in the English NHS More research is needed before conclusions can be drawn about the effect of recent reforms on hospital quality, let alone about the merits of the coalition government's proposals to extend competition, warn experts on bmj.com today. Professor Gwyn Bevan and Matthew Skellern at the London School of Economics and Political Science argue that the jury is...

2011-09-26 11:23:46

Foam injections to treat varicose veins cause less pain for patients and could save NHS money compared with a popular alternative treatment, according to researchers at Imperial College London. The study found that foam therapy was over four times more cost-effective than laser treatment and allowed patients to resume normal activity sooner. The findings were presented today at the annual meeting of the European Vascular Society in Athens. Varicose veins develop when the valves in veins...

2011-09-22 11:22:02

Evaluation of the incremental cost to the National Health Service of prescribing analogue insulin The NHS has stumped up an extra £625 million over the past decade on synthetic forms of insulin, when the recommended human alternatives– which are considerably cheaper– would have probably been just as effective, reveals research published online in BMJ Open. The finding comes as a UN health summit in New York this week debates how to step up international efforts to...

2011-09-20 11:19:56

Children's and young people's experience of the National Health Service in England Children under 16 make up less than 1% of participants in national NHS patient surveys, finds research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. But the issue is particularly important as young adults who are asked about their experiences of the NHS, are less satisfied with the care they receive than older adults, say the authors. In 2010 the Kennedy Report concluded that services for...

2011-09-19 08:14:16

Researchers whose findings on the detrimental impact of some common medicines on elderly people were widely reported earlier in the summer have found that taking a few of these medicines does not appear to cause further cognitive impairment in those already suffering from dementia. In a paper published Sept. 18 by the journal Age and Ageing, Dr Chris Fox of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and colleagues from a number of other universities and the NHS describe how they studied a...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.