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A quick guide to the the government's healthy eating recommendations

Public Health England

20 March 2017

A quick guide to the the government's healthy eating recommendations

Eating a healthy, balanced diet plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight, and this is an important part of overall good health. Conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and stroke can result from being overweight. Health can also be affected by being underweight.

This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides government dietary advice and nutrient recommendations throughout the life course.


Summary of influenza policy

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

21 March 2017

Influenza, which is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract, is highly infectious with a usual incubation period of 1–3 days. There are three types of influenza virus: A, B, and C. Most clinical illness is caused by Influenza A and influenza B. This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides influenza immunisation information for public health professionals.

Choosing an appropriate inhaler device for the treatment of adults with asthma or COPD

DEVELOPMENT GROUP: USMANI, CAPSTICK, CHOWHAN, & SCULLION.
THIS MANAGEMENT ALGORITHM WAS DEVELOPED BY A MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXPERT PANEL: USMANI O ET AL WITH THE SUPPORT OF A GRANT FROM CHIESI LTD.

14 March 2017

As the core component of pharmacological treatments for asthma and COPD, the choice of inhaler device as well as the right drug for each individual patient is crucial to the proper management of their condition. The clinical efficacy of treatment can be maximised by choosing the right method of delivery while poor choice of inhaler can have consequences for quality of life and disease control. Although plenty of guidance exists on pharmacological treatment, advice on appropriate device selection is limited. This new Guidelines algorithm covers choice of appropriate inhaler device, and how to engage the patient when assessing inhaler technique.

Zika virus: what sexual transmission advice is needed?

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

21 February 2017

Zika is a mosquito-borne infection caused by Zika virus. Serious complications and deaths from Zika are not common—the majority of people infected with the virus present with an asymptomatic or mild illness. Although the greatest likelihood of acquiring Zika virus infection is from travelling to a country with high or moderate Zika virus risk, sexual transmission of Zika virus is also occasionally reported. This Guidelines for Nurses summary covers advice healthcare professionals can give to travellers to avoid sexual transmission of the Zika virus.

Endometriosis fact sheet

ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING, ENDOMETRIOSIS UK

07 February 2017

Endometriosis induces a chronic, inflammatory reaction and is defined as the presence of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis, and it takes on average 7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis. This Guidelines for Nurses summary focuses on symptoms of endometriosis, care management in primary care, and when to refer to secondary care and endometriosis centres.
New articles

Causes, diagnosis, and management of common gynaecological symptoms

By Debra Holloway  |  

21 March 2017

Causes, diagnosis, and management of common gynaecological symptoms

Debra Holloway discusses common gynaecological symptoms, differential diagnosis, and treatment.


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Choosing an appropriate inhaler device for the treatment of adults with asthma or COPD
Development Group: Usmani, Capstick, Chowhan, & Scullion.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Usmani O et al with the support of a grant from Chiesi Ltd.

Summary of the management of asthma in children (from the British guideline on the management of asthma)
The British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Summary of the management of asthma in adults (from the British guideline on the management of asthma)
The British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network