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Local evaluation captures data to positively inform organisational decision-making on product selection

Local evaluation captures data to positively inform organisational decision-making on product selection

With organisations being challenged to reduce the incidence of avoidable pressure ulcers and their development being seen as indicators of the quality of care provided, organisations need to ensure that they choose the most appropriate products for pressure ulcer prevention.

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Prosthetic limb charity aiming for 1,000 legs before Christmas

Prosthetic limb charity aiming for 1,000 legs before Christmas

Legs4Africa — a charity that collects and distributes redundant prosthetic limbs from the UK to Africa — is currently collecting 1,000 prosthetics legs and hopes to have them sent to The Gambia before Christmas. Legs4Africa offers amputees the chance to be independent again using prosthetic limbs that would otherwise go to waste. The NHS has to pay to have redundant prosthetic limbs destroyed as medical waste because — in accordance with EU law — they cannot be reused in the UK. 

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Bowel cancer risk reduced by adopting multiple healthy behaviors

Bowel cancer risk reduced by adopting multiple healthy behaviors

Five key healthy behaviors have been linked with a reduction in bowel cancer risk. Researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke quantified the impact of combined multiple healthy lifestyle behaviors on the risk of developing bowel cancer, and found that the impact is stronger in men than in women.

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BLS Conference 2014 - Managing the Whole Patient - 5-7 October, ICC, Birmingham

BLS Conference 2014 - Managing the Whole Patient - 5-7 October, ICC, Birmingham

This year’s British Lymphology Society (BLS) conference covers topics of interest suggested by its members, such as surgical techniques, aftercare, alternatives, exercise, myofascial release, scar management, laser and psychosocial aspects of lymphoedema.

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Providing dietary advice for people with type 2 diabetes

Providing dietary advice for people with type 2 diabetes

This articles deals with the dietary advice that should be provided to people with type 2 diabetes by anyone working in the community (it does not cover advice on physical activity or prevention of type 2 diabetes). If a patient with type 2 diabetes is overweight or obese, the most important factor is to lose weight — even a 5–10% weight loss can improve insulin sensitivity and hence diabetic control. Other factors that are considered in this article are the type of carbohydrate that can be eaten, with wholegrain/high-fibre, lower glycaemic index starches being the best option (the glycaemic index measures the effect of carbohydrates on blood glucose level). Although sugar provides 'empty calories' (food that supplies energy but negligible nutrition) and can result in weight gain, it does not contribute to diabetes directly. Cholesterol levels should be reduced by eating the correct fats, and salt levels should be kept to below 6g a day.

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The importance of the pelvis in posture, seating and pressure care

The importance of the pelvis in posture, seating and pressure care

People who are less mobile or have movement difficulties often spend longer periods of time sitting. It is, therefore, important to ensure that the seating being used is correct in terms of size and that adequate support is being provided to enable stability, comfort and function.

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