media release archive 2014

Information for journalists

The RSM welcomes journalists who wish to attend the many academic meetings and events taking place during the year. Accredited journalists can register to receive press releases and the monthly bulletin highlighting forthcoming events.

Contact the Media Office for:

  • Press passes for meetings and events
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09 December 2014

Pricing for new drugs lacks transparency

The system that allows patients rapid access to expensive new treatments lacks transparency and penalises small and low-income countries unable to negotiate lower prices with pharmaceutical manufacturers. 


05 December 2014

RSM Wesleyan Young Trainee of the Year award winner announced

Ophthalmologist Miss Samantha de Silva has been named the RSM Wesleyan Trainee of the Year 2014 for her research into gene therapy to restore visual function in end-stage retinitis pigmentosa. 


07 November 2014

Dip in emergency hospital admissions via GPs while figures soar for A&E

The number of emergency admissions to hospital via A&E departments increased markedly in England from 2001/02 to 2010/11, while the number via GPs decreased, according to analysis published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.


31 October 2014

Independent safety investigation needed in the NHS

The NHS should follow the lead of aviation and other safety-critical industries and establish an independent safety investigation agency, according to a paper published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The authors say the NHS has no consistent approach to investigating safety issues, and remains dependent on costly one-off independent or public enquiries to learn from the most serious failures, such as those contributing to the tragedies at Mid Staffordshire.


24 October 2014

Endurance athletes at risk of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema

Endurance athletes taking part in triathlons are at risk of the potentially life-threatening condition of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema. Cardiologists from Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, say the condition, which causes an excess collection of watery fluid in the lungs, is likely to become more common with the increase in participation in endurance sports.


07 August 2014

Newsroom journalists at increased risk of PTSD and depression from images of extreme violence

Journalists working with images of extreme violence submitted to newsrooms by the public are at increased risk of adverse psychological consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder. New research, published today by JRSM Open, shows that frequent, repetitive viewing of traumatic images by journalists working with ‘live’ or User Generated Content material can be closely linked to anxiety, depression, PTSD and alcohol consumption. Frequency rather than duration of exposure to images of graphic violence is more emotionally distressing to journalists processing User Generated Content (UGC) material.


15 July 2014

Royal Society of Medicine appoints new President

Mr Babulal Sethia will today be inaugurated as President of the Royal Society of Medicine. A consultant congenital heart surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital, Mr Sethia will take over from Professor Sir Michael Rawlins. Mr Sethia has published widely on aspects of congenital heart disease in children and adults. For the past 15 years he has been active in helping to develop cardiac services on an humanitarian basis in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.


11 July 2014

Women under-represented in academic medicine

Women are under-represented in academic medicine resulting in a waste of public investment due to loss of research talent. Writing in the July issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, authors of an essay on women and academic medicine say that as a consequence of female under-representation, some areas of medicine are under-researched at a cost to patients and society. Discriminatory practices and unconscious bias, they say, continue to occur in academic medicine, despite a substantial fall in traditional discrepancies between men and women in medicine in recent years. The proportion of women entering medical school today is around 53%.


06 June 2014

Shisha smoking could carry similar risk of cardiovascular disease as cigarettes

People who smoke shisha regularly could have a significantly increased risk of developing long-term high blood pressure, which increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke. New research, published today by JRSM Open, the open access companion publication of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, shows that heart rate, blood pressure and carbon monoxide levels rise significantly immediately after smoking shisha. While previous studies have identified a number of health complications associated with shisha smoking such as mouth and lung cancers, this is the first study to review the acute cardiovascular effects.

16 May 2014

Living conditions in Iraq must improve if investment in health system is to yield results

Despite enormous investment in Iraq’s health system in the 10 years since the US-led invasion, the health condition of Iraqis has deteriorated and will fail to improve unless more is done to improve living conditions. A review published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine concludes that continual investment in health services is crucial to elevate the health status of the Iraqi population, but that progress will be limited without improvements in housing, water and sanitation, electricity, transport, agriculture, education and employment.

07 May 2014

Royal Society of Medicine celebrates £2m donation from Naim Dangoor

A £2 million donation to the Royal Society of Medicine by philanthropist Dr Naim Dangoor will be marked today, Wednesday 7 May, with an evening lecture to be delivered by Lord Winston and the naming of the Naim Dangoor Auditorium and The Dangoor Centre for Medical Education at the RSM’s central London headquarters. Dr Dangoor’s generous donation will support the RSM’s provision of post-graduate medical education and will allow the Society to extend its work in support of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to work in medicine and health care.

02 May 2014

Half of England’s hospitals have no non-executive directors with medical or nursing background

Only half of England’s hospital trusts have non-executive directors with healthcare leadership experience, according to new research published today by JRSM Open, the open access companion publication of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The study, which looked at the occupational backgrounds of 1,001 NHS non-executive directors (NEDs), found that of the 142 trusts analysed, only 4% of board chairs had a medical background, while 38% came from industry and 23% had a background in finance. 48% of trusts had no non-executive directors with a medical or nursing background.

02 April 2014

Immigration Bill will pose risk to public health

The government’s Immigration Bill is likely to pose threats to public health and result in increased costs and more stress for NHS staff. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, a group of public health experts says that with the Bill introducing a migrant health levy and providing a legal basis for greater scope for charging non-EEA visitors there will be wider threats to the health of both migrants and the established population.

25 February 2014

NHS Scotland reduces the postcode lottery for hip arthroplasty: an ecological study of the impact of waiting time initiatives

A reduction in the post-code lottery for hip replacement surgery has been achieved in Scotland without recourse to the private sector, according to new research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Using NHS Scotland data, researchers at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust, show that access to hip replacement increased and geographical inequalities improved across all geographical health boards since 2003 when waiting time initiatives in Scotland were introduced. A key factor was the Scottish government’s decision to buy the privately owned Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank and run it as a major NHS centre for orthopaedics and a national resource dedicated to reducing waiting times in key elective specialties.

13 February 2014

Diabetes, epilepsy and asthma increase risk of self-harm

New research quantifying the risk of admission to hospital for self-harm has identified a raised risk of self-harm among groups of patients with certain physical illnesses. While it is known that psychiatric illnesses are associated with a greatly elevated risk of self-harm, a moderately elevated risk was seen with common physical illnesses such as diabetes, epilepsy and asthma. The research, published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, investigated the risk of self-harm comparing people with different psychiatric and physical disorders in England.

17 January 2014

Two million people eligible for weight loss surgery

Two million people in England could be eligible for weight loss surgery according to new research published today by JRSM Open, the open access companion publication of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The figure far exceeds previous estimates of eligibility. In the first study to quantify the number of people in England eligible for bariatric surgery, researchers from Imperial College London concluded that people fulfilling the national criteria were more likely to be women, retired, have lower educational qualifications and have lower socioeconomic status.