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Doctors’ reluctance to discuss anal sex is letting down young women, warn researchers

Open conversations and better public health education will help women make informed choices Clinicians’ reluctance to discuss possible harms of anal sex is letting down a generation of young women who are unaware of the risks, warn researchers in The BMJ recently. Surgeons Tabitha Gana and Lesley Hunt argue that as anal intercourse becomes more common amongst heterosexual couples, failure to discuss it “exposes women to missed diagnoses, futile treatments, and further harm arising from a lack of medical advice.” They say healthcare


Nurses and midwives forever altered by Covid-19 pandemic

Nurses and midwives feel ‘forever altered’ by the impact of Covid-19 and remain deeply affected by what they experienced, new research from the University of Surrey reports. None felt they came through the last two years unscathed. Researchers say that there is an urgent need to tackle stigma to create a psychologically safe working environment and have called for a national Covid-19 nursing workforce recovery strategy to retain nurses and help restore their psychological well-being. Jill Maben, Professor of Health


New NHS campaign highlights opportunities for nurses in the Scottish Highlands

NHS recruitment drive emphasises unique fast-track career opportunities and exciting lifestyle benefits to attract Band 5 nurses to a new life in the Scottish Highlands Unique career opportunities and exciting lifestyle benefits are at the forefront of a new NHS Highland campaign to attract nurses from around the UK to take up a career and new life in the Scottish Highlands. The nursing recruitment drive is part of a broader campaign, entitled ‘Aim High, Aim Highland’, and promotes the Scottish


Digital therapy to help manage perinatal mental health

In the UK, up to 20%[1] of women and 10%[2] of men develop some form of mental health problem during the perinatal period, the time in which an individual is pregnant, up to a year post-partum. The most common are symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Working in partnership alongside the NHS, SilverCloud Health, a UK provider of clinically proven digital CBT (iCBT) programmes, developed a specific Space for Perinatal Wellbeing programme to help patients better manage their mental health during the perinatal period.


UK study of over a million births finds stark racial and social inequalities in pregnancy outcomes

A nationwide study of over 1 million births in the English National Health Service (NHS) between 2015 and 2017, published in The Lancet, has found large inequalities in pregnancy outcomes between ethnic and socioeconomic groups in England. The findings suggest that current national programmes to make pregnancy safer, which focus on individual women’s risk and behaviour and their antenatal care, will not be enough to improve outcomes for babies born in England. The authors say that to reduce disparities in birth


Reducing NHS anaesthetic gas emissions: BPR Medical and Medclair announce collaboration

Gas control specialists BPR Medical and Medclair, a Sweden-based specialist in safe nitrous oxide use, have agreed to share technology and product information to help the NHS achieve its aim of reducing nitrous oxide emissions by 75 per cent, part of its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent within the next seven to eleven years and achieve ‘net zero’ by 2040. Anaesthetic gases used in surgery and for pain relief have a high carbon footprint. Nitrous


Midlands maternity triage system goes digital

A maternity triage system developed by clinicians and researchers from the West Midlands has launched training online for the first time, becoming readily available to maternity teams across the UK. Midwives, obstetricians, and doctors across the NHS can now access the Birmingham Symptom-specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS) programme and training materials online for free via the Meridian Health Innovation Exchange. There is no standardised triage system in maternity care. The Birmingham Symptom-specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS) assesses women presenting themselves with unexpected


Early birth linked to greater risk of hospital visits during childhood

Being born early (before 37 weeks’ gestation) is associated with a higher risk of hospital admission throughout childhood than being born at full term (40 weeks’ gestation), finds a study published by The BMJ recently. Although the risk declined as the children grew up, particularly after age 2, an excess risk remained up to age 10, even for children born at 38 and 39 weeks’ gestation, representing many potentially vulnerable children, say the researchers. Preterm birth is a major contributor to


No safe level of caffeine consumption for pregnant women and would-be mothers

Women who are pregnant or trying for a baby should consider avoiding caffeine, researchers say Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should be advised to avoid caffeine because the evidence suggests that maternal caffeine consumption is associated with negative pregnancy outcomes and that there is no safe level of consumption, finds an analysis of observational studies published in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. Caffeine is probably the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in history, and many people, including pregnant


Treat smarter with Sonata

Promotional feature The ever-present COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on hospital services in the UK and around the world. As the number of coronavirus cases rose, and hospitals became inundated, available space and resources were refocused. Elective procedures were deferred to allow the NHS to focus its efforts on coping with the needs of COVID patients. As the initial wave recedes, infection control is uppermost in everyone’s mind. The hospital teams’ focus is now on dealing with the