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    There is a dearth of research on the care of gay and lesbian people in nursing and care homes. A questionnaire-based study has explored how it is perceived by nurses

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    Everything you need to know about intermittent catheterisation and how to train patients in its use

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    Spirometry is widely used to diagnose and monitor respiratory diseases, but requires specific skills and knowledge. A national register is being created which will feature all appropriately trained and/or certified practitioners

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    The many functions of the digestive system are differently affected by age, making older people more prone to gastrointestinal conditions

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    This article provides an overview of when and how to use a catheter valve

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    Like all body systems, the renal system goes through an inevitable decline in its function as the body ages, but in the absence of disease it will function adequately throughout life.

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    A writing group in a nursing home in Scotland shows that residents with dementia can be empowered to express themselves and staff enticed to be creative in their approach to care.

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    This article describes how to safely remove an indwelling urinary catheter and ensure good patient care before, during and after the procedure.

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    Like all body systems, the nervous system goes through inevitable age-related changes, including a loss of brain cells, but ageing does not necessarily lead to confusion or dementia.

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    Normal age-related changes to the eyes and ears mean older people gradually see, hear and balance less well. Regular testing to detect common sight and hearing pathologies is essential

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    This article, the first in a four-part series, describes the general principles of specimen collection and how to collect a midstream specimen of urine

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    This article, the second in a four-part series, describes the procedure for collecting a catheter specimen of urine

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    An observational study in two acute care wards found that the practice of nurse rounding can be a long way away from its original aim of improving patient safety and experience

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    Homoeostasis is central to life. Vital signs measure homoeostasis and are therefore key in restoring patients to health. This article is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it

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    Ageing negatively affects hormone secretion by the glands of the endocrine system, which makes older people more prone to insomnia, fractures, diabetes and cognitive changes

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    This article, the third in a four-part series, describes the procedure for collecting a faecal specimen from a patient with diarrhoea

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    Age brings about changes to the male and female reproductive systems that lead to loss of fertility and the physical and psychological symptoms of the menopause and andropause

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    This article, the final part in a four-part series, describes the rationale and procedure for collecting a sputum specimen

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    Age brings about changes to the immune system that mean older people are less able to defend themselves against infection by foreign pathogens

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    This article is a bite-size summary of the concept of person-centred care. It is the first article in a six-part series on nurse theories and their implications for practice

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