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Long-term conditions

Strategies and policies to tackle the problems associated with long COVID

In many respects the pathological morbidities associated with long COVID resemble those of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Some of the most common...

A brief overview of fetal alcohol syndrome for health professionals

Alcohol is a teratogen that has a toxic effect on the developing fetus (BMA, 2007a). FASD is seen as a non-diagnostic umbrella term (Riley et al, 2011; Nash and Davies, 2017; Blagg and Tulich, 2018)...

Review of a paediatric inflammatory bowel disease service during the pandemic and the impact of the CNS role

The authors undertook a retrospective review of clinical records and the IBD database from January 2019 to September 2020 at the Evelina London Children's Hospital, a tertiary paediatric...

Diagnosis and management of coeliac disease in children

The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) updated their diagnostic guidance for CD in 2012, recommending a no-biopsy pathway (NBP) for symptomatic...

Continence issues in individuals living with multiple sclerosis

Bladder and/or bowel dysfunction in MS can occur at the onset of the disease or any time during its course. It can impact either the bladder or bowel directly, through plaques damaging the areas of...

COVID-19 and adult congenital heart disease services: impact on support and advice from nurse specialists

A questionnaire was sent to ACHD CNSs across the UK, via email, at the end of March 2020. It asked how many nurses were planned to be retained in their service and how many were planned to be...

Vascular access device securement for oncology patients and those with chronic diseases

As the vascular access specialist at a rural hospital in southern Indiana, the author collaborated with oncologists and patients to determine the appropriate long-term VAD for patients receiving a new...

An ideal pathway when diagnosing type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1DM develops when the...

Diabetes care in secondary care

One side-effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rise in diabetes-related referrals to diabetes specialist care teams by non-specialists, unfamiliar with inpatient diabetes management, which is a...

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