Don"t hate GP receptionists for being grumpy – they"re under pressure and under qualified, says new report


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Don't hate GP receptionists for being grumpy – they're under pressure and under qualified, says new reportStudy says they may be annoying but they are just trying to protect the most vulnerable In many cases, patients are to blame for confrontation By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 18:21 GMT, 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 22 February 2013 Misunderstood: GP receptionists are usually only trying to help They are portrayed as power-crazed dragons who fiercely guard their lair, but GP receptionists should be given a break, says researchers A new study has found that the receptionist's bad reputation is unjustified because they are under incredible pressure to make important decisions regarding a patient's health.

Incontinence: Don"t be caught short: From botox jabs to a plaster on your back, the treatments that can fix a leaky bladder


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Don't be caught short: From botox jabs to a plaster on your back, the treatments that can fix a leaky bladder | UPDATED: 23:31 GMT, 15 October 2012 Though few discuss the subject even with their closest friends, around half of all women suffer from a dysfunctional bladder at some point.

Fatty blood could provide early warning sign of Alzheimer"s


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Fatty blood could provide early warning sign of Alzheimer's | UPDATED: 09:28 GMT, 19 July 2012 Dementia: The degenerative condition affects more than 300,000 people in the UK High levels of a fat in the blood could provide an early warning of Alzheimer's, researchers say.

One-in-ten nurses have been attacked on home visits as violence surges against health workers


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One-in-ten nurses have been attacked on home visits as violence surges against health workers Overwhelmed: Four in 10 nurses felt the risks to lone workers have increased over the past two years due to a heavy case load More than six out of 10 nurses have been verbally abused over the last two years while working in the community, a poll has revealed. The survey for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) also found 11 per cent had been the victim of physical abuse. Some 16 per cent of the more than 760 nurses questioned said their employer would not take action on verbal abuse, while a further third were uncertain.

Ask the doctor: My husband always needs to go to the loo


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Ask the doctor: My husband always needs to go to the loo Dr Martin Scurr has been treating patients for more than 30 years and is one of the country's leading GPs.