Time to digest

Digestive disorders are more of an issue than we like to admit, and can also be confusing. So how can you help families tell IBD from IBS, and when’s the right time to see a GP? Journalist John Windell reports.

Sepsis in the community

Health campaigns are finally raising awareness of the life-threatening infection, sepsis. Independent nurse and health visitor Dorothy Karikari-Boateng takes a closer look, including how to spot and advise families on the infection.

Tuberculosis: a ghost from the past

Tuberculosis is still rife in some parts of the community. But even where it remains rare, community practitioners need to be alert to its seriousness.

Keep it clean

Superbugs, norovirus and antibiotic resistance regularly hit the headlines. John Windell explores the key role healthcare professionals can play in controlling infection.

Feet First

From ingrown toenails to fungal infections, it pays to be aware of these stubborn foot problems.

The management of eczema in children

Jean Robinson looks at the community pracitioner's role in treating eczema.

Hepatitis: the silent killer

As World Hepatitis Day approaches on 28 July, Community Practitioner shines the spotlight on this group of viruses that affects hundreds of millions of people – most of whom are unaware of their status.

How to deal with childhood allergies

Childhood allergies have become a challenge for health services. So what more can be done to spot, treat and control them?

Meningitis: act without delay

As we mark World Meningitis Day on 24 April, Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is raising awareness of the disease. The charity sets out the types and symptoms practitioners should be aware of and highlights the importance of immunisation.

Breaking through the taboo

As STIs appear to be on the rise among young people in the UK, Rebecca Grant explores why community practitioners need to talk about sex.

Clinical update: Non-epileptic attack disorder

Non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD) is defined as ‘a disorder characterised by episodes of change in behaviour or movement, not caused by a primary change in electrical activity of the brain’ (NICE, 2012: 105). It is also known as psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) or pseudoseizures, which are paroxysmal episodes that resemble and are often misdiagnosed as epileptic seizures (Benbadis, 2016).

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