Writing

The Telegraph

Described as being "one of the world's great titles".

"I became a nurse to care - and quit..."

17 January 2018

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Evidently Cochrane

Evidently Cochrane aims to make research data really accessible. Winner of the UK Blog Awards 2015 and shortlisted for the 2016 UK Blog Awards. I was their Top Blogger for 2017.

Rivastigmine reviewed: doubts about dementia drug

06 July 2017

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The Hippocratic Post

A global blogging site featuring eminent medical professionals from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and UCLA, with many articles (including my own) republished in the Daily Mail. I blog about nursing, end of life, disability, and elderly care.

Anonymous nursing piece 2

27 March 2018

How do nurses say goodbye?

01 February 2018

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Life is all memory

22 October 2017

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Diana's endless empathy

04 September 2017

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Anonymous nursing piece 1

30 June 2017

Twins - nature or nurture?

31 May 2017

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Names I will never forget

22 May 2017

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No cameras in care homes

05 April 2017

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Starvation in hospitals

21 February 2017

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Care home cast away

28 January 2017

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Wheels of misfortune

06 January 2017

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All the colours of wound care

21 December 2016

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Back from the brink

13 November 2016

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Engineering solutions for Michael Schumacher

11 October 2016

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Stained by a snowflake

13 September 2016

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Till death, or the nursing home, do us part?

11 August 2016

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One body, many parts

18 July 2016

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Where have all the nurses gone?

18 July 2016

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Misdiagnosis: a personal story

28 June 2016

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Is a baby worth more than an old man?

31 May 2016

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Popping pills, doing drugs: the nurse's drug round

25 April 2016

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Dying well?

07 April 2016

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Mail Online

The most visited English language newspaper website in the world. My contributions to the health section.

Why is there a nursing shortage?

22 July 2016

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Why do we adore babies but abandon the elderly?

23 June 2016

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Reader's Digest

Information for the public on diseases, drugs and the truth behind the health headlines. Take a tour of some marvels of the human body too.

Living with emphysema

26 July 2017

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lungs disability

All you need to know about diuretics

18 July 2017

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Why do humans cry?

11 July 2017

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antidepressants mental health

Debunking some dyslexia myths

27 June 2017

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brain genetics

How do anaesthetics affect your body?

20 June 2017

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brain surgery

Why do we yawn?

13 June 2017

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wonder lungs brain pregnancy

The effects of lightning on the human body

24 May 2017

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brain heart skin

Life with cystic fibrosis

10 May 2017

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lungs genetics digestion

How can we beat muscular dystrophy?

03 May 2017

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disability drugs genetics

Can brushing your teeth help you to live longer?

26 April 2017

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digestion infection pregnancy heart

All you need to know about Barrett's Oesophagus

12 April 2017

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digestion cancer genetics alcohol

Surprising facts about your spleen

05 April 2017

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blood historical mental health clotting immunity

Are you medically fit to fly?

29 March 2017

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lungs mental health heart infection disability

5 ways to reduce anxiety

23 March 2017

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All you need to know about the tiny bones in your ear

14 March 2017

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bones brain wonder

All you need to know about HRT

08 March 2017

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hormones heart cancer bones drugs

7 things you didn't know about testosterone

14 February 2017

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hormones pregnancy stroke cholesterol drugs

The scientist behind the treatment of haemophilia B

09 February 2017

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blood clotting genetics historical drugs

All you need to know about blood clotting

23 January 2017

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blood clotting wonder liver

All you need to know about manuka honey

09 January 2017

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homeopathy infection skin wonder

5 reasons to love your liver

02 January 2017

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blood hormones digestion wonder liver

How does loneliness affect the body

19 December 2016

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mental health heart stroke elderly

Warfarin and newer drugs

12 December 2016

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blood clotting heart drugs

The world's first human heart transplant

05 December 2016

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heart historical wonder

Everything you need to know about HIV and AIDS

28 November 2016

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infection immunity blood drugs

What da Vinci taught us about the human body

21 November 2016

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historical heart cholesterol blood wonder

What did Charles Dickens know about medicine?

14 November 2016

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historical wonder disability stroke

All you need to know about Roaccutane

31 October 2016

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skin drugs mental health pregnancy

Everything you need to know about influenza

24 October 2016

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infection immunity historical lungs drugs

Health Hazards in Outer Space

14 October 2016

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6 things you need to know about your GTN spray

25 September 2016

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All you need to know about your pituitary gland

18 September 2016

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brain hormones wonder

All you need to know about insulin

04 September 2016

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drugs digestion hormones historical

What happens to the body in heat?

27 August 2016

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All you need to know about the Zika virus

19 August 2016

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infection brain pregnancy

The history of the clinical trial

10 August 2016

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historical ethics drugs

Coenzyme Q10: the miracle cure?

28 July 2016

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homeopathy heart drugs

How deep brain stimulation can help Parkinson's

19 July 2016

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brain disability surgery

All you need to know about heart bypass surgery

11 July 2016

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heart surgery mental health

Botox: the good, the bad and the ugly

28 June 2016

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drugs surgery skin

The heart hero who discovered the heartbeat

17 June 2016

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historical heart blood

How do humans stand and balance without falling over?

04 June 2016

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brain bones heart wonder

Can healthy eating undo the damage of smoking?

25 May 2016

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lungs cancer digestion

All you need to know about inhalers

18 May 2016

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lungs drugs

The drugs treating Parkinson's

24 April 2016

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brain drugs historical

The lesser known symptoms of Parkinson's

15 April 2016

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brain mental health digestion

Fascinating facts about the knee

07 April 2016

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bones disability surgery

Does stress cause Alzheimer's?

05 April 2016

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brain mental health elderly

All you need to know about laxatives

21 March 2016

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digestion drugs

7 things you didn't know about the placenta

13 March 2016

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pregnancy wonder hormones

Everything you need to know about tramadol

02 March 2016

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drugs mental health brain

10 things you didn't know about your spine

24 February 2016

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bones brain wonder

What does love do to the body?

15 February 2016

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The A-Z of obesity

04 February 2016

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digestion exercise mental health

All you need to know about codeine

23 January 2016

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drugs brain

10 things you didn't know about the appendix

15 January 2016

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wonder infection immunity

Which medicines should I use to get rid of indigestion?

04 January 2016

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digestion drugs

The helpful and harmful effects of wine on the body

25 December 2015

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liver heart homeopathy

How does the body survive in extreme cold weather?

15 December 2015

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Is chocolate good for the heart?

05 December 2015

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heart cholesterol homeopathy

Does cannabis really work as medicine?

25 November 2015

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drugs brain mental health

Body rhythms: shaping the pattern of life

15 November 2015

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wonder brain heart

Red meat and processed meat: can they really cause cancer?

05 November 2015

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digestion cancer

Could spicy food make you live longer?

28 October 2015

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digestion elderly homeopathy

Everything you need to know about Zoladex

16 October 2015

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cancer drugs hormones

Biomimetics: design inspired by human and animal bodies

07 October 2015

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wonder bones

Synaesthesia: people who hear and taste colour

27 September 2015

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wonder brain pregnancy

Why does junk food make us fat?

15 September 2015

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brain digestion genetics

Everything you need to know about iron tablets

03 September 2015

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blood pregnancy lungs drugs

Superskin: our natural armour

25 August 2015

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skin wonder

Avastin: the cure for bowel cancer and blindness?

18 August 2015

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cancer blood drugs

Everything you need to know about antibiotics

09 August 2015

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drugs infection historical

How blind people gain an enhanced sense of hearing

27 July 2015

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wonder brain

Strong hands, strong heart? Does grip strength show life expectancy?

13 July 2015

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heart stroke

All you need to know about drugs to treat Alzheimer's

03 July 2015

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brain drugs elderly

Iron: is it your body's friend or foe?

28 June 2015

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blood wonder

Is paracetamol effective against back pain?

16 June 2015

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All you need to know about antidepressants

04 June 2015

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drugs brain mental health antidepressants

How does the heart keep beating without getting tired?

25 May 2015

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heart wonder

All you need to know about beta blockers

17 May 2015

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drugs heart

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

06 May 2015

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digestion heart cancer cholesterol homeopathy

Why can we remember the past vividly, but forget what happened a few minutes ago?

25 April 2015

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brain wonder exercise

Can coffee grains ward off Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and heart disease?

15 April 2015

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digestion heart brain homeopathy

Everything you need to know about aspirin

05 April 2015

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drugs heart cancer stroke

Daily Mail

The UK's leading daily newspaper for health issues. I wrote a five piece series describing misuse of medicines among patients.

Furosemide

20 September 2016

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Warfarin

13 September 2016

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Codeine

06 September 2016

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Ramipril

09 August 2016

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GTN spray

02 August 2016

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Past Medical History

Inspiring website about medical pioneers and early medical treatments. I write guest blogs.

Medical lessons from the battlefield

08 October 2017

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The discovery of the body's circulatory system by William Harvey

15 June 2017

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British Journal of Cardiac Nursing

The UK's only monthly journal dedicated to cardiac nursing: a fast-moving, demanding speciality. I help nurses keep up to date with issues such as cholesterol, cardiac drugs, pioneers of cardiology and telemonitoring.

"20 years of tomorrows with someone else's heart inside me..."

04 December 2017

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A look at antidepressant use - and cardiovascular risk

10 October 2017

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The 8D's on Helen Brooke Taussig: turning blue babies pink

05 September 2017

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The discovery of human blood groups: Karl Otto Landsteiner

06 June 2017

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On normalising anxiety: a royal perspective and expert advice

05 April 2017

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Greatness in failure: a look at Leonardo da Vinci and his drawings of the heart

06 March 2017

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Change of heart: Christiaan Barnard and the first human heart transplant

11 December 2016

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Communicating cardiology: lose the jargon, not the patient

11 November 2016

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Smoking cessation: how to tackle a whole-body disease.

11 October 2016

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Going round in circles: discovery of the body's circulatory system by William Harvey

11 September 2016

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Nurses Day: Sharing care stories to combat fatigue

16 July 2016

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Ezetimibe and cholesterol: how low should you go?

11 June 2016

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Telemonitoring as a tool for blood pressure management

08 September 2015

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Polypharmacy in the cardiac patient and chronocardiology

16 July 2015

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Rivaroxaban: a welcome addition to anticoagulation

03 July 2015

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Fishing for pearls in cardiology

03 July 2015

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Heart-brain interactions: a focus on neurological injury after cardiac surgery

20 March 2015

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Can cholesterol be defined as just 'good' or 'bad'?

03 September 2014

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British Journal of Cardiac Nursing (Research round up)

Research Round Up: A selection of recently published articles of interest to cardiac nurses. The aim of this roundup is to provide a brief overview of the research papers selected.

Lupus, Brugada syndrome, migraine

05 April 2018

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Vitamin D, anaemia, Parkinson's

04 March 2018

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Mental capacity, HDL cholesterol, safe staffing

05 February 2018

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Breakfast, diving, pollution and the heart

04 January 2018

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Cardiac catheterisation, lessons from history, cardiac tumour

05 December 2017

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Salt in heart failure, cannabis-induced cardiac damage, atherosclerosis

05 November 2017

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Vitamin D, PTSD, brain injury

14 October 2017

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Statins, stem cells, iron

04 September 2017

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Pregnancy, cardiac arrest, Amazonians

02 August 2017

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Polypharmacy, palliative care, haemorrhage, diabetes

10 July 2017

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Music, firefighters, food and the heart

12 June 2017

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Hypertension in Kenya, IVF, cardiac secretions

09 May 2017

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Self-esteem, PTSD, anxiety, Fontan procedure

11 April 2017

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Alcohol and the heart, sternal wound infection, postpartum haemorrhage

06 March 2017

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Postural tachycardia, antiplatelets, digoxin, PCSK9 inhibitors

22 February 2017

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Loneliness and heart disease, NOACs, automated drug dispensing

04 January 2017

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Cardioprotection from phenols and fibre, antibiotics in endocarditis, acellular vascular grafts

04 December 2016

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Heart transplant, LQTS, smoking cessation, prevalence of heart disease in Europe

04 November 2016

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Losartan and Marfan syndrome, smoking and heart disease, drugs for heart failure

04 October 2016

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CBT for angina, HIV and cardiovascular disease, gout and AF

04 September 2016

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Anticoagulation in AF, cardiac stents, variable blood pressure, aortic stenting

04 August 2016

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Statins during heart surgery, sleep apnoea, PCSK9 inhibitors, low BMI and cardiac risk

04 July 2016

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Aortic valve surgery, iron deficiency and heart failure, stress and diabetes

04 June 2016

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Thyroid hormone and the heart, cardiac stents, pacemakers, chest pain

04 May 2016

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Warfarin after heart surgery, diagnosing heart conditions, beta blockers

04 April 2016

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Broken heart syndrome, caffeine and the heart, bilirubin

04 March 2016

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Statins and influenza, reducing blood pressure, vitamin D, coenzyme Q10

04 February 2016

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Non cardiac chest pain, Hypertension and diabetes

04 January 2016

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Christmas special: effects of wine, chocolate and cold weather on the heart

04 December 2015

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Dehydration amongst nurses; variations in mortality after heart attack

04 November 2015

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Special edition on atrial fibrillation

04 October 2015

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Aspirin as an antidepressant? Energy drinks and the heart, Blood transfusions.

04 September 2015

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Journal of Paramedic Practice

The UK's best selling paramedic journal. It provides essential paramedic training and paramedic CPD support.

The difficult choice between resuscitation and letting go

07 November 2017

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Multiple Matters

The official magazine of the Twins and Multiple Births Association

Nature or Nurture?

20 September 2017

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Nursing Times

Founded in 1905, the Nursing Times magazine has been training nurses for over 100 years. Their website is the most visited site for nurses in Europe.

Autonomic dysreflexia: A hypertensive emergency in the spinal cord injured patient

28 October 2015

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From farms to Pharma

26 June 2015

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Writing can be rewarding

13 July 2004

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Nursing is a practical skill

15 June 2004

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Stand up for yourself

18 May 2004

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Playing the waiting game

20 April 2004

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Apply the theory of holism

23 March 2004

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Nightshifts offer valuable lessons

24 February 2004

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Nursing is the best career

09 September 2003

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Spinal Injuries Association

Writing for their bi-monthly magazine to raise awareness of issues relevant to those with spinal cord injury.

Urinary catheter care: what does the evidence say?

10 October 2017

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Autonomic dysreflexia in SCI

05 February 2016

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Tara Tripp Hearing Care

My experience of hearing loss, shared with a local, independent hearing health care practice.

What's it like to lose your hearing for a day?

03 February 2016

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British Red Cross

My experience of administering First Aid, shared with the Red Cross to promote First Aid Training. British Red Cross Hero Award Winner.

Knowing first aid helped me to save a motorcyclist's life

11 March 2016

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Urban Jack, Kew Health and Beauty, Savoy

Local health and wellbeing companies: I investigated the research behind their products.

7 surprising facts about shaver's rash

20 February 2018

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Coenzyme Q10 in Parkinson's disease?

25 July 2016

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Stem cell creams to reverse ageing?

20 February 2016

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