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Bionursing: side effects of ulcer treatment

10 January 1996

Nursing Standard

Clinical biological sciences

In the tenth article in our series on bionursing, the authors explain how biological and pharmacological understanding helped to explain the links between a duodenal...

The treatment of peptic ulcers

13 February 2002

Nursing Standard


Although peptic ulceration is a common and often debilitating disease, advances in diagnosis, treatment and follow up have improved patient management. Dawn Elliot...

Crohn’s disease: an overview

17 April 2002

Nursing Standard


Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. In this article, Chris Metcalf...

An overview of probiotics and prebiotics

24 January 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article reviews the origins and background of probiotics. Evidence for the potential mechanisms of probiotics and prebiotics, and their interactions with the...

Causes of constipation and treatment options

01 March 2005

Primary Health Care


As one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the UK, this article looks at what constipation is, what causes it and explains why nurses are well placed...

GIST: overview and recent advances in treatment with imatinib mesylate

01 July 2004

Cancer Nursing Practice


The treatment of advanced and metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST) has been revolutionised by the development of the drug imatinib mesylate (Glivec),...

Improving the care of patients requiring oesophageal stent insertion

01 September 2004

Cancer Nursing Practice


A team approach to service redesign can improve the care of patients diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus who require palliation of dysphagia by the insertion of...

Treatment of gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumours

08 September 2010

Cancer Nursing Practice


Neuroendocrine tumours are rare, accounting for only 0.5 per cent of all malignancies. This is an often misdiagnosed and under-recognised condition that can lead to...

Genetic counselling for those at risk from familial gastric cancer

01 September 2007

Cancer Nursing Practice


Gastric cancer usually affects people over 60 and carries a poor prognosis because diagnosis typically occurs at an advanced stage. Recently, researchers have found...

Clinical features, psychological issues and management of constipation in childhood

01 April 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


This article provides a basic introduction to constipation and stool withholding. Anatomy and physiology, psychology and the various treatment options, including...