Physical activity: brief advice for adults in primary care

June 24, 2013

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Practice guidelines

In a nutshell: This guidance is a partial update of ‘Four commonly used methods to increase physical activity’ – NICE Public Health Guidance 2 (2006). It is aimed at commissioners of health services and primary care staff who offer lifestyle advice, but may also be useful to all those who have a role in encouraging physical activity. The guidance aims to support routine provision of brief advice on physical activity in primary care practice.

Length of publication: 63 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


Telemonitoring based service redesign for the management of uncontrolled hypertension

June 24, 2013

Source: BMJ, 2013, May 24th

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This community-based randomised controlled trial found that self-measurement of hypertension by patients at home with telemonitoring by practice staff was more effective in lowering daytime ambulatory blood pressure than usual care. However, an increase in the use of NHS resources was seen. The authors advise caution to those considering to roll out telemonitoring on a large scale based on the findings of this trial, as more research needs to be done to determine cost-effectiveness.

Length of publication: 18 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


Lifestyle intervention reduces body weight and improves cardiometabolic risk factors in worksites

June 24, 2013

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2013, 97 (4) p. 667-676

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Overweight employees from four worksites were enrolled on this randomised controlled trial. The intervention group received nutritional recommendations combined with behavioral change education. 89% of participants completed the weight-loss phase. They could also enrol on a weight-maintenance programme and no significant weight gain was observed. There were also improvements in the cardiometabolic risk factors of the intervention group, regarding cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure.

Length of publication: 10 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


USA: Plastic food packaging could increase cardiovascular disease risk

June 6, 2013

Source: Medical News Today

Follow this link for fulltext – http://www.ukhealthforum.org.uk/resources/news-and-rss-feeds/?entryid74=28053

Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell:  Research suggests that certain chemicals found in food packaging may have a detrimental effect on child health and may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


USA: Sleep duration and risk of cardiovascular disease

June 6, 2013

Source: Journal of Women’s Health

Follow this link for fulltext – http://www.ukhealthforum.org.uk/resources/news-and-rss-feeds/?entryid74=28007

Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell:  Researchers have looked at the correlations between sleep duration and the risk of cardiovascular disease in menopausal women.

Length of publication: 10 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Further Dissemination

June 6, 2013

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