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Editorial

Thursday, 25 October 2012
The trigemino-cardiac reflex can result in potentially fatal apnoea, hypotension or dysrhythmia when thesensory branches of the trigeminal nerve located in the nasopharynx are stimulated. We report the occurrenceof this reflex, following nasal packing for epistaxis, that led to respiratory and circulatory arrest.
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Thursday, 25 October 2012
The challenges to changing lifestyle behaviours and delivering lifestyle support in primary care are described here. The role of primary care in delivering evidence-based interventions for lifestyle change is also discussed.
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Thursday, 25 October 2012
A meeting report from the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) fifth annual heart failure day for training and revalidation, held in London in February 2013.
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Friday, 14 September 2012
Chronic liver disease is a problem for all of us. It develops silently, often taking many years to cause sufficient damage to be detectable or cause signs or symptoms for which a patient would seek attention. Primary care has a central role in improving the prevention and early detection of chronic liver disease. This special issue of the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing (BJPCN) and Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal on chronic liver disease is full of step-by-step guides and informative articles to give you the key information and tools to get to grips with this important condition.
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Friday, 14 September 2012
Liver disease is now the fifth leading cause of death in the UK but the good news is that liver disease is largely preventable and there is much we can do in primary care to educate people about the risks. This article explains the importance of identifying those patients who are at risk of liver disease, implementing risk reduction strategies, ensuring an accurate diagnosis is made and optimising ongoing management, including self-care strategies.
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Friday, 14 September 2012
The liver is the body's unsung hero, quietly working away to make the vital substances that keep a wide range of essential body processes ticking over, breaking down chemicals that would otherwise be toxic and hoovering up worn-out blood cells. But liver disease is currently very low on the primary care agenda compared to other long-term conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory conditions. Awarded 'nil points' on the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), the liver doesn't get a look in when it comes to health checks and dedicated clinics. So how can we make sure the liver isn't left out of consultations?
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