Cranberry capsules do not reduce urinary tract infections in older women, study finds

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Taking cranberry capsules did not reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs) in older women living in nursing homes, a US randomised trial has shown.

UTIs are very common among nursing home residents: bacteriuria is detected in 25-50% of women living in nursing homes, and pyuria is present in 90% of these. Cranberry products have been of interest in preventing UTIs in this group of people, to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics.

Women are unaware of pregnancy risks linked with sodium valproate

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Doctors are being asked to make sure that women and girls with epilepsy know about the risks of taking sodium valproate during pregnancy, after a survey found that half of those questioned were unaware that it could harm the fetus.

The charities Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Society, and Young Epilepsy conducted a survey earlier this year, in conjunction with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), of 2788 women aged 16 to 50 with epilepsy.

BMJ Infographics

Highlighted resource:

BMJ INFOGRAPHICS

These are great visual summaries of a variety of conditions, their management and treatments, and visual overviews of article recommendations. They are found attached to a variety of articles and editorials, and some of the key infographics are found on the infographics page. For example, the infographic of the NICE sepsis guidance or a visual guide to recognising past congenital heart surgery in adults.

Does health literacy matter?

 

Health Literacy is defined by World Health Organisation (2015) as “The personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health.”

This interesting news article, from NHS England, discusses its merits, the importance of health literacy and better health. Read the article here

Clinical Outreach Librarian Update- Pleased to meet you yesterday!

I enjoyed meeting everyone on my outreach visits to Congleton Hospital and Knustford Community Nurses yesterday.

Don’t forget to get in touch with the library service and outreach librarians  when you need help with training and healthcare resources. We can help you, save your time and enable you to provide the best patient care, keep up to date in CPD and develop your  service.

As promised, I will be back in touch again shortly- have a great weekend!

Anne Webb

Anne