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Mythbuster: ‘Dirty hair makes children more prone to catching head lice’

Juliet Phillips debunks the myth that children pick up head lice because they have dirty hair

Mythbuster – ‘I can’t do much exercise because of my asthma’

Respiratory nurse Sonia Greenwood on why asthma should not be a barrier to exercise

Mythbuster – ‘I’m not getting the flu jab – it gives you the flu!’

Tracy Lees gives tips for advising patients who do not want to get the flu jab due to a belief that it causes the flu.

Jeremy Hunt moved from health secretary role into new Cabinet position

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed foreign secretary, with digital, culture, media and sport secretary Matt Hancock named as his successor as health secretary. 

Ninja Nurse: Katy Smyth

What makes you a Ninja Nurse? Profile: Katy Smyth Role: Practice nurse Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire Queen’s Nurse Member of RCN General Practice Nursing Forum steering committee Specialties: Chronic disease management Diabetes Respiratory disease Degrees: BSc nursing studies Postgraduate diploma community nursing specialist practitioner general practice nursing Postgraduate certificate practice teacher MSc practice enhancement general…
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‘I don’t want to use topical steroids – they’ll damage my skin’

Topical steroids are the most frequency prescribed dermatology drugs and have been used to treat inflammatory skin conditions for 60 years. Yet many patients, parents, carers, and even some healthcare professionals express serious concern when topical steroids are advised.

Nurses could get 6.5% pay rise over three years in exchange for a day’s holiday

Nurses could get a pay rise of 6.5% over three years, but only if they give up one day of holiday in return.

The myths about district nursing are putting off young graduates

We must dispel the myths about district nursing that are putting young graduates off this great career path.

Why can’t we work like this everyday?

On my way home from work one evening this summer I came across a road traffic accident. A motorcyclist had been hit by a car and was clearly in some distress in the road.

Low carb diets are taking my patients off diabetes medication

Carbohydrates have been seen as an essential part of our diet for some time. Recently however, some research has challenged our thinking, and this has made some healthcare professionals a little uneasy.