Media release archive 2015

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
  • Press releases and papers from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Filming on the premises

07 December 2015

Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year award winner announced

Respiratory physician Dr Elaine Soon has been named the Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year 2015 for her research into the pathobiology and genetics of pulmonary hypertension. 

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09 October 2015

Low awareness of DVLA safe driving guidelines among hospital doctors

New research published today by JRSM Open concludes that medically disqualified patients may wrongly assume themselves fit to drive on discharge from hospital because of inadequate knowledge among doctors of DVLA guidelines relating to commonly occurring medical conditions.

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25 September 2015

Kenyan journalists covering life-threatening events at increased risk of psychological harm

The first major study of the emotional well-being of journalists covering violent events in an African country replicates findings from Western media, namely that journalists who report on life-threatening events are at increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.

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18 June 2015

Adult craze for human breast milk purchased online poses serious health risks

The recent craze for human breast milk amongst certain fitness communities, fetishists and chronic disease sufferers is ill advised say the authors of an editorial published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

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29 April 2015

Pharmaceutical industry regulation undermines NICE drugs appraisal work

Government policies that support UK pharmaceutical science and enhance export income are costing the NHS millions and undermine the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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24 April 2015

Alternative providers of GP services perform worse than traditional practices

A new study published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has found that alternative providers of primary care in the NHS, including private sector companies, do not perform as well as traditional GP practices.

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22 April 2015

Call the Midwife actor Stephen McGann describes steps taken to depict accuracy and authenticity in medical TV drama

Actor Stephen McGann, who plays GP Dr Patrick Turner in the hit BBC period drama Call the Midwife, has described the steps taken by the writers, production team and actors to ensure the series has sufficient medical accuracy and authenticity.


16 January 2015

Dehydration common among patients admitted to hospital from care homes

Research published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine concludes that patients admitted to hospital from care homes are commonly dehydrated on admission and consequently appear to experience significantly greater risks of in-hospital mortality.


09 January 2015

Ritual circumcision linked to increased risk of autism in young boys

Research published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that circumcised boys are more likely than intact boys to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10.