Briefing

A round-up of news from the professional journals

Aspirin warning for under 16s

Aspirin pills are expected to carry a warning soon that they should not be
taken by children under 16.

The Medicines Control Agency is considering a proposal to make the advice
obligatory on all products containing the popular painkiller.

Nursing Times
23 October 2002

Specialist units for TB patients

Specialist inpatient units should be set up for people with infectious,
drug-resistant tuberculosis, a public health expert has warned. Professor
Francis Drobniewski, director of the TB Centre for the Public Health Laboratory
Service, said tuberculosis cases are on the increase in the UK, particularly in
London. He said patients needed to be diagnosed sooner and treatment started
earlier for patients with the symptoms of tuberculosis.

Nursing Times
23 October 2002

Mental illness in nurses

A rule that forced nurses to wait two years before they could work again
following mental illness is to be scrapped. The Department of Health’s national
director of mental health, Louis Appleby, took the decision amid concerns that
staff hid their problems for fear of being fired.

Nursing Standard
1 November 2002

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