News: Things to note

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WellChild launches #NOTANURSE_BUT campaign

17 December 2015

One of the Medicines for Children project partners, the children’s charity WellChild, have launched a new social media campaign to highlight the challenging medical and nursing care carried out by the families of children with complex health needs.

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Talking to your family about mental health

10 December 2015

The importance of talking about stress, anxiety or depression with children and young people has recently been highlighted by the Time to Change campaign.

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Parents and carers are advised ‘not to be too quick’ to give Calpol

30 November 2015

The risks associated with the overuse of paracetamol based medicines such as Calpol and Disprol have been highlighted by paediatric medicines experts, with further advice needed on appropriate use for children experiencing pain and fever.

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Healthcare professionals needed by Medicines for Children to help review information leaflets

11 November 2015

Medicines for Children is currently recruiting paediatricians (trainees and consultants), pharmacists (pre-registration and senior), prescribing nurses and other healthcare professionals to review some of our existing medication information leaflets.

Our medicines leaflets need to be regularly checked for accuracy, to ensure they are up to date and reflect the latest evidence.

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Emergency medical information accessible via your iPhone

21 October 2015

IPhone users now have access to a potentially important new health feature called Medical ID. This can be used to provide an overview of key health information which can be easily accessed in the event of an emergency.

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Autumn colds – and why antibiotics are not the answer

30 September 2015

The return to school in autumn can often see an increase in the common cold, with symptoms including cough, sore throat, a runny nose or fever. Children and young people are most likely to suffer from and spread the cold virus, with the highest risk being in nurseries and schools.

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The ‘Epilepsy Passport’ launches in a bid to transform children’s epilepsy care

23 September 2015

An innovative tool developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is set to improve communication between healthcare professionals, and keep children and young people with epilepsy out of hospital.

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New link between Medicines for Children and the BNFC

16 September 2015

The 2015-16 edition of the British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) will, for the first time, feature links to Medicines for Children information leaflets.

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Reducing children's sugary drink consumption can improve heart health in adulthood

8 September 2015

Researchers in the US this week have found that consuming fewer sugary drinks in childhood has the potential to lower the risk of heart disease in later life. The findings show that a lower intake of sugar-sweetened beverages by children is linked to increases in the body of good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein cholesterol).