Free academic short courses

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.

Welcome to new staff

Welcome to the new starters attending this week’s Corporate Induction at East Cheshire Trust.  Thank you for registering with us at the Staff Library, where we hope to see you again soon.

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Laws P.M.; Kingston T.P.; Walsh S.; Shear N.H: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, July 2014

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

Source: EMBASE

Full Text: Available from EBSCOhost in Journal of Cutaneous Medicine & Surgery

Ali F.R.; Shackleton D.B.; Kingston T.P.; Williams J.D.L: British Journal of Dermatology; July 2014

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.

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Relaxing in the library … is much appreciated

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.

DSCF0821Feedback 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.

 

BMJ Case Reports (20 new articles): August 2014

Spermatic cord abscess: a rare complication of epididymo-orchitis, the diagnosis and management
Acquired von Willebrand’s disease associated with epithelial myoepithelial carcinoma of the parotid salivary gland
Endogenous endophthalmitis caused by Citrobacter koseri originating from a renal abscess
Community-acquired multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infective endocarditis
A case of sigmoid colon duplication in an adult woman

An unusual cause of altered mental status: the importance of monitoring a patient’s blood pressure
Three-dimensional precise orientation of bilateral auricular trial prosthesis using a facebow for a young adult with Crouzon syndrome
‘Saddle nose’ deformity caused by advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the nasal septum
Columella pressure necrosis: a method of surgical reconstruction and its long-term outcome

Plasmablastic multiple myeloma following clear cell renal cell carcinoma
Magnamosis: a novel technique for the management of rectal atresia
A surprising cause of acute right upper quadrant pain
Intranasal tooth: ectopic eruption 1 year after maxillofacial trauma
A rare case of acute hepatitis induced by use of Babchi seeds as an Ayurvedic remedy for vitiligo

Atypical presentation of chronic granulomatous disease with Burkholderia cepacia
Unicystic ameloblastoma with mural proliferation: conservative or surgical approach’
Multidetector CT angiography influences the choice of treatment for blunt carotid artery injury
Extensive maxillofacial plasmablastic lymphoma in an immunocompetent patient
An unusual and inexplicable ECG pattern in an ostial LAD occlusion
Fracture of mandible during yawning in a patient with osteogenesis imperfecta

SP Morapudi, R Zhou, K Barnes: Bone and Joint Journal of Orthopaedics: 2014

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 

EY Tang, S Knight: Rheumatology; April 2014

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.

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RJ Macfarlan, TD Donnelly, Y Khan, S Morapundi, M Waseem, J Fischer: Biomed Research 2014

Congratulations to the staff of the Dept of Trauma and Orthopaedics for having the following article published.

Clinical Outcome and Wound Healing following Carpal Tunnel Decompression: A Comparison of Two Common Suture Materials

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

 

Day 1 for F1

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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