Whilst browsing Twitter on a damp Tuesday afternoon, I came across this listing for FREE courses on Mental Health and Wellbeing. This one entitled Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture is offered by the University of Liverpool, beginning on 8 September and lasting for 6 weeks. For further details please go to: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/mental-health-and-well-being
There are many other short courses available, also free, including ‘Inside Cancer’, ‘Cardiovascular disease’, ‘How to read your Boss’ and many more.
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Congratulations on this recent publication in The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, July 2014 by Laws P.M.; Kingston T.P.; Walsh S.; and Shear N.H.
Cytomegalovirus retinitis: A rare but preventable cause of blindness in dermatology patients
Abstract: Importance: Dermatologists are using an increasing range of immunomodulatory therapies to treat an expanding number of skin diseases. Complications of therapy are broad and include infection. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis has not been reported in association with dermatologic disease. Observations: We report two cases of CMV retinitis associated with immunosuppression for eczema and pemphigus vulgaris. In both cases, patients were receiving corticosteroid and a second-line immunosuppressive agent (cyclosporine or mycophenolate mofetil). Disease presented in both patients with painless visual loss.
Conclusions and Relevance: Patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy should be monitored for blurred vision, floaters, or visual loss and referred for urgent assessment to ensure accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment of possible CMV retinitis.
2014 Canadian Dermatology Association.
Publication Type: Journal: Article
Full Text: Available from EBSCOhost in Journal of Cutaneous Medicine & Surgery
Occupational exposure to propranolol: An unusual cause of allergic contact dermatitis
Citation: British Journal of Dermatology, July 2014, vol./is. 171/(131), 0007-0963 (July 2014)
Author(s): Ali F.R.; Shackleton D.B.; Kingston T.P.; Williams J.D.L.
Abstract: A 48-year-old man with no personal or family history of atopy presented with a 6-month history of facial and hand dermatitis. For 3 years, the patient had been working in a pharmaceutical factory in which he was exposed to a variety of medicaments including propranolol, ethylcellulose, hypromellose and microcrystalline cellulose. The history was consistent with occupational exposure to an allergen, with improvement of symptoms seen during absences from work. He was patch tested to the hospital standard battery, face series, relevant parts of the textile series, and breakdown products of fragrance mixes 1 and 2, together with the medicaments and items of uniform he was exposed to at work and a variety of his own products appropriately applied. Positive reactions were elicited by propranolol hydrochloride in 1% white soft paraffin and colophony. Colophony was believed to be of old relevance, with a previous history of reactions to plasters reported. In retrospect, the operator had been involved in the manufacture of coated propranolol spheroids.
Today’s ‘Relax in the Library’ event was very well attended. The purpose was to encourage staff and students to think about their blood pressure, have it measured (before and after relaxation therapy) and get to know more about what those all important numbers mean – 120/80.
Visitors could choose from a mixture of services – head, neck, shoulder or foot massage whilst others chose instruction on ‘the Alexander Technique’.
Leigh Haslam from Occupational Health took over a quiet corner at the rear of the Library and was kept busy recording peoples’ BP. It was very interesting to note that there was 100% improvement after relaxation.
Feedback was very positive “Excellent. Enjoyed the head massage which lowered my blood pressure”.
A big ‘thank you’ to all the therapists, (Diana Grant, Tracy Mills, Jenny Fox-Eades, Gillian Pierce, Leigh Haslam and to Lynda Cotterill for providing a range of tasty, healthy snacks.
Don’t worry if you missed today’s event, there may be others in the future plus we stock a selection of books on Hypertension, useful leaflets and published research findings on how you can look after yourself through lifestyle, exercise and diet.
Another publication from the Orthopaedics Dept, this time in The Bone and Joint Journal of Orthopaedics
PROPHYLACTIC ANTIBIOTICS FOR DENTAL PROCEDURES IN PATIENTS WITH PROSTHESES: IS THERE A NEED?–A SURVEY OF 163 SURGEONS
SP Morapudi, R Zhou, K Barnes – Bone & Joint Journal Orthopaedic Proceedings …, 2014
Abstract. Summary There is little knowledge in surgeons about the guidelines for prophylactic antibiotics in patients with prosthetic joints when undergoing a dental procedure. … read more
This conference abstract on A local audit of pulmonary hypertension screening in systemic sclerosis in the north western region, written by Tang E.Y.; Knight S.
Citation: Rheumatology (United Kingdom), April 2014, vol./is. 53/(i118), 1462-0324 (April 2014)
Abstract: Background: Scleroderma, both limited and diffuse, can be associated with pulmonary hypertension. This can be life threatening. Licensed treatments are now available. In the North Western region, this rare condition is diagnosed and managed in conjunction with the Sheffield Pulmonary Hypertension Unit. This unit has developed national guidelines for screening for pulmonary hypertension in this patient group. This retrospective audit was to assess how well we comply with the guidelines and whether steps need to be taken to improve compliance.
Methods: Patients identified from Medisave programme by searching scleroderma, SSc, CREST. Proforma was designed based on the Sheffield guidelines.
Congratulations to the staff of the Dept of Trauma and Orthopaedics for having the following article published.
RJ MacFarlane, TD Donnelly, Y Khan, S Morapudi… – BioMed Research …, 2014
… Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Macclesfield District General Hospital,
East Cheshire NHS Trust, Victoria Road, Macclesfield SK10 3BL, UK.
Published 7 August 2014
Article in the Knutsford Guardian in which Bill Gore submits his proposal for new medical centre, to Knutsford Town Council and Chief Executive, John Wilbraham.
Monday 18 August from 10:00 – 2:00pm
Our ‘Keep calm and mind your Blood Pressure’ event will be held on the 2nd floor of New Alderley House. All ECT staff and students are welcome to attend and take advantage of the relaxation therapy taster sessions on offer. Sessions are free and last 15mins.
Extract from St Christopher’s Hospice newsletter
The Summer 2014 issue of the free journal for nurses caring for dying people at home, in hospitals and care homes is now available online. (http://endoflifejournal.stchristophers.org.uk/)
Welcome and good luck to all our F1 doctors starting at East Cheshire Trust, Macclesfield today. We look forward to meeting you all later and hope that you will settle in very soon. The Staff Library is here to help you with anything from ‘how do I get an Athens account’ to ‘where can we get a coffee’ – the answer in both cases of course, is the Library – open 24/7.
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Thank you to everyone who took part in last month’s Library Survey. This has now closed and the results will soon be published as part of our annual LQAF accreditation process.