British Association of Urological Nurses annual awards 2017

The BAUN awards are now open for entry. There are three award categories that recognise and celebrate excellence in urology nursing.

BAUN Urology Nurse of the Year award

This award recognises a nurse who has gone above and beyond their role and someone who has demonstrated …

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Screen for HIV in new GP registrants

Screening for HIV in all newly registered patients in general practice could be cost effective in as little as 13 years, according to a health economic modelling study published in The Lancet HIV.
Routine testing in areas of high HIV prevalence would fall with NICE cost …

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Cabazitaxel and docetaxel first-line head to head

Cabazitaxel is no better than docetaxel in chemotherapy-naive metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), according to a recent trial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
The FIRSTANA study assessed whether cabazitaxel 20mg/m2 or 25mg/m2 was superior to docetaxel 75 mg/m2 in terms of overall survival and …

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Sperm counts falling

Sperm counts fell by 60 per cent between 1971 and 2011 in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, according to research published in Human Reproduction Update. 
The research reviewed 185 papers on sperm counts published over this period. According to lead researcher Dr Hagai Levine, …

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Quick guide for UTI

Public Health England (PHE) has updated its quick reference guide on the diagnosis and understanding of culture results for urinary tract infection (UTI).
According to PHE the guidance provides a simple, effective, economical and empirical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections. It …

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Gender identity consultation

NHS England has launched a 12-week consultation on specialised gender identity services for adults. The consultation is open until 30 September 2017 (https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/gender-identity-services-for-adults/user_uploads/gender-identity-consultation-guide-upd-jul17.pdf).
NHS England wants to hear people’s views on its proposed service specifications. The service specifications have been developed to take into account the …

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Lower BP targets are better

Lower systolic blood pressure targets may be in the offing according to a report from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).
In its Signal bulletin it discusses a meta-analysis of 17 hypertension trials showing fewer heart attacks and strokes at target systolic blood pressures of …

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Steady improvement in cancer survival

The highest 1-year cancer survival in men is for melanoma at 97.2% and the highest 5-year survival is for testicular cancer (95.9%), according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 
Prostate cancer has the highest predicted 10-year survival for men diagnosed in …

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Enuresis guidance for GPs

Guidelines for the management of enuresis in primary care have been published in the British Journal of General Practice (2017;67:328–9). The practical guidelines and tools are based on the guidelines of the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and follow the new ICCS standardisation and subtyping …

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Alcohol can damage the brain

Alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, is associated with adverse brain outcomes including hippocampal atrophy.
An observational cohort study, published in the BMJ, recorded alcohol intake and cognitive performance in 550 men and women over 30 years, with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the end.
Higher alcohol …

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