Hold the Phone

Dr Sally Old, Medico-Legal Adviser at the Medical Defence Union, investigates important issues for the sector to consider when using social media. At the Medical Defence Union (MDU), we regularly advise members on how to appropriately respond to issues arising from their activity on social media. Used appropriately, social media is an effective tool to [...]

By |2019-09-04T11:33:35+01:00September 4th, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments

A Sense of Urgency

Affecting an estimated three-to-six million people across the UK – more than diabetes or asthma – urinary incontinence is a common condition impacting both men and women, yet it’s not spoken about as much as it should be. Seeking to end the taboo and help patients shed their shame, The Urology Foundation suggests steps for [...]

By |2019-09-04T11:28:35+01:00September 4th, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments

Paediatric Coeliac Disease: A tall order?

Coeliac disease is a frequent and life-long autoimmune condition, caused by an abnormal reaction of the immune system to gluten – a group of proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye – that are common in the European diet. Despite its significant prevalence, many people are unaware of just how common it [...]

By |2019-09-04T11:25:32+01:00September 4th, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments

For Your Information

It’s estimated that nearly 50 per cent of people in Northern Ireland have low health literacy – with this being recognised as a significant public health concern across the world. Kathy Martin, Strategic Impact Manager at Community Development and Health Network, discusses how the organisation’s community-based projects are working towards improving health literacy, with the [...]

By |2019-09-04T11:20:00+01:00September 4th, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments

Swallowing, Dysphagia and Medicine

With dysphagia becoming a greater burden as the population ages, David G Smithard and Vruti Patel, Department of Elderly Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, highlight the medicine prescribing and administration considerations which must be acted on accordingly. The taking of medication has become a way of life for the general population, [...]

By |2019-09-04T11:00:15+01:00September 4th, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments

Bleeding Edge Technology

Wound care, dressings and bandages could not be described as the glamorous side of medicine – but they matter, and they cost. Against this backdrop of a growing need for greater efficiency, an innovative approach is delivering better outcomes than standard care for preventing surgical site complications in high-risk patients with closed surgical incisions. Nigel [...]

By |2019-09-04T10:56:25+01:00September 4th, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments

Diabetes: A Step in the Right Direction

The number of people in Northern Ireland living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is now 100,000, including an estimated 12,000 people who have not yet been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In light of the condition’s widespread incidence, the sector is increasingly  motivated to address the associated risks for patients. With one particular [...]

By |2019-09-04T10:53:01+01:00September 4th, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments

A Welcome Relief

Cannabidiol is undoubtedly at the centre of increasing medical research right now – but what benefits does it boast for your patients? NIHR examines the product’s exciting paths of potential, and just why it’s reaching new heights of popularity. Under The Spotlight Saving you the hassle of scouring the different streams of CBD-focussed information, NIHR [...]

By |2019-09-03T16:54:38+01:00September 3rd, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments

Diabetes: Playing it Safe

When it comes to diabetes, the patient’s understanding, adherence, and continuous monitoring are key components of effective care. However, with too many people with diabetes still under-estimating the condition’s severity, Libby Dowling, Senior Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK, talks to NIHR about how we can encourage individuals to self-manage responsibly. How often should diabetes patients [...]

By |2019-09-03T16:35:37+01:00September 3rd, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments

The Real World of Asthma and Allergy

5.4 million people in the UK receive treatment for asthma, which equates to one-in-12 adults and one-in-11 children nationwide. Of these asthma patients, a huge number suffer from allergies which can trigger an asthmatic attack and exacerbate pre-existing symptoms – positioning them at the forefront of possible danger when a lack of awareness or planning [...]

By |2019-09-03T16:32:30+01:00September 3rd, 2019|NIHR July 2019|0 Comments