Media release archive 2004
|2 December 2004||The
role of retroviruses in human life and disease
Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) have been the subject of a great deal of investigation in recent years.
|8 November 2004||Withholding
treatment: a patient’s right to decide
Recent high profile cases have highlighted problems and issues surrounding the withdrawal or withholding of treatment for patients with severe mental and physical incapacity.
|26 October 2004||Managing
epilepsy in women: new guidelines
The Royal Society of Medicine Press has published new Primary Care Guidelines for the Management of Females with Epilepsy.
|1 October 2004||Are
patients in psychiatric wards having sex?
Healthcare providers in psychiatric wards are faced with two conflicting ideas when assessing the incidence of sexual activity.
|29 September 2004||The
risks and benefits of drinking alcohol
Scientists, doctors and the media have taken two sides to the debate over the positive and negative effects of alcohol consumption.
|1 July 2004||Medicine
storage temperatures are ‘too high’, study
The recommended maximum storage and transit temperatures for most medications is 25°C and are set by the pharmaceutical manufacturers. Are healthcare providers following these guidelines?
|2 June 2004||Can
we trust scientific research?
Following the controversy surrounding the Andrew Wakefield study on the link between MMR vaccines and autism, the public is now considering the reliability of medical research in Britain today.
|1 June 2004||A
call for mandatory cycle helmet legislation
There are strong reasons for promoting the use of pedal cycles in Britain, including that it is ‘beneficial to health’
|24 May 2004||Was
Dr Muhammad Arshad presents new evidence in the current issue of the Journal of Medical Biography, published by the Royal Society of Medicine Press, suggesting he suffered from Asperger’s disorder, or high-functioning autism.
|5 May 2004||Survey
finds NHS bathrooms are unclean and 'inadequate'
Previous surveys of UK hospitals have highlighted the low standards of inpatient bathrooms, including inadequate access for wheelchair users, lack of bathing equipment and ‘unsatisfactory cleanliness and privacy.’
|28 April 2004||Medicine & Me:
On Wednesday, 28 April the Royal Society of Medicine in association with the National Asthma Campaign and The Independent on Sunday will present Medicine & Me: Asthma, a conference on the latest developments in asthma research.
|1 April 2004||Improving
healthcare through telemedicine
With the NHS is overextended and concerns that quality of care may be compromised by overworked healthcare professionals...
|26 March 2004||The
cost and effect of ill workers
On Tuesday 30 March the Royal Society of Medicine presented ‘What about the workers?’, a conference examining the current state of occupational health in the UK.
|18 March 2004||Nutrition
and Alzheimer’s Disease
On Tuesday 23 March, the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine in association with The Alzheimer’s Society held a meeting on ‘Nutrition, Cognition and Alzheimer’s’.
|8 March 2004||High
blood pressure is a poor predictor of heart disease
Blood pressure screening either alone or in combination with other cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels does not determine a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke...
|4 March 2004||The
truth about childhood vaccinations
The controversial debate about whether childhood immunisations are safe and effective has lead to widespread public concern...
|1 March 2004||How
can stem cells help cure disease?
Stem cell research has become increasingly important in the development of new treatments...
|19 February 2004||Spring
2004 RSM conferences open to the press
- Stem Cells: Nuclear Reprogramming and Therapeutic Applications
|28 January 2004||Ban
on food advertising ‘would not impact obesity rates
The Hastings Review, published in 2003 by the Food Standards Agency, examined the link between food promotion and eating behaviour in children...
|28 January 2004||Why
do gay men underestimate the risk of HIV infection?
Many gay men think they are less at risk of becoming infected with HIV than other gay men...