NHS CHOICES BEHIND THE HEADLINES - YOUR GUIDE TO THE SCIENCE THAT MAKES THE NEWS
An excellent feature on the NHS Choices website, which is regularly updated to debunk health-related news. Headlines explained include those on diet, lifestyle and general health information. The headlines are unpicked by explaining the topic of discussion clearly, where the research or news story came from, what the research entailed and how reliable the news actually is. The pages also signpost readers to useful and correct information. Links to the pages can be followed via the NHS Choices Twitter and Facebook pages - @NHSChoices. Well worth saving as one of your favourites and share it with patients and colleagues - www.nhs.uk/News/Pages/NewsIndex.aspx
This website is a useful resource for anyone looking for evidence and wants to or needs to understand how to critically assess its worth. It’s a site for weekly blogs on a diverse range of topics and aims to make Cochrane evidence accessible for all.
Bimonthly digests are also available by simply signing up for their newsletter, which is sent via email. Find more info at www.evidentlycochrane.net/.
Managing adult malnutrition in the community
A new practical resource, Managing Malnutrition in COPD, has been launched to assist healthcare professionals in identifying and managing people with COPD who are at risk of disease-related malnutrition.
The guidance includes a pathway for the appropriate use of Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) to support community healthcare professionals and has been developed by a multi-professional panel with an interest in malnutrition in COPD and is endorsed by 10 key professional and patient organisations.
Three complementary colour-coded patient leaflets (green - low risk, yellow - mediumand red - high risk) containing dietary advice,advice on eating and physical activity, plus tips on coping with common symptoms, including dry mouth, taste changes and shortness of breath, have also been developed. In addition,the red (high risk) leaflet includes advice patients on incorporating ONS into their diet.
Free copies of the guidance and supportingmaterials can be downloaded for free at: www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk/copd/
DIABETES UK RESOURCES: – ENJOY FOOD: WHAT'S NEW THIS MONTH FEATURES - July 2016
The Diabetes UK website offers a wealth of medical, nutritional and practical information for patients and healthcare professionals. It’s an ideal place to find sound information about all things diabetes. Each month the site features a selection of articles about life with diabetes, treatment and diet tips under the ‘Enjoy Food’ section. This section delivers recipes, healthy eating tips, ideas, and inspiration to enjoy food despite having Diabetes. This month’s features include managing carb counting, healthy picnic ideas and how to deal with sugar cravings. There is also an opportunity to interact with the ‘Enjoy food’ team where visitors can email ideas and feedback to email@example.com .
It’s worth a look at www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Enjoy-food/Whats-new-this-month-/
NHS CHOICES: – ADULT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
It’s an Olympic year and physical activity is definitely a talking point for many, but some patient may need some inspiration and guidance to kick start their lifestyle changes. NHS Choices offers a great page for discussing the right type of physical activity for patients of all weights and sizes. Patients can assess their current PAL and discover which types of activity suit them best. Physical activity guidelines for adults are discusses and downloadable fact sheets are available.
Full details are available at www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx
NHS Choices: Stroke resources - Act FASTThis resource offers key facts about stoke and what to do if you think someone is having a stroke. It also gives guidance for stroke prevention for patients:
Ask for the evidence! An online resource, â€ËœAsk for evidenceâ€â„¢ provides support for young people to develop skills to critically assess online claims and reduce sharing of poor quality, unquestioned information. The easy-to-use website allows young people to become savvier when reading about product claims, policy statements, newspaper articles and adverts. Requesting the evidence behind these publications is encouraged and supported by the site.
Public Health England has developed a Change4Life Sugar Smart app to raise awareness of how much sugar is contained in everyday food and drink. The app works by scanning barcodes and revealing total sugar in cubes or grams.
New Juvela web pages to support gluten-free living for children and studentsTwo new childrenâ€â„¢s pages offer information, games and recipes in two categories (Juvela Infants for children up to six years old and Juvela Juniors for children over seven years of age). For students who are starting college or moving away to university the new pages offer general support for independent gluten-free living, tips and ideas for managing a gluten-free diet on a budget, as well as avoiding contamination when using shared living spaces. All age groups can join â€ËœJuvela Clubâ€â„¢ to receive free regular updates and newsletters, share experiences, plan meals and save favourite gluten-free recipes.
Find full details at