Media release archive 2016

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 2016

Doctors need to develop broader skill of empathy

Developing a broader skill of empathy is a more realistic goal for medical students and doctors than urging them to be more compassionate.

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29 November 2016

Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year award winner announced

Dermatologist Dr Zahra Ahmed has been named the Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year 2016 for her research involving the screening of over 3,700 drug compounds to identify that Flubendazole, a drug used to control human and animal worm infections, could be re-purposed for use in disease treatment or prevention in conditions including HIV.

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17 November 2016

Royal Society of Medicine appoints Helen Gordon as new Chief Executive

The Royal Society of Medicine has today announced the appointment of Helen Gordon as Chief Executive. Ms Gordon joins the RSM from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society where she has held the position of Chief Executive since 2010.

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09 November 2016

Dementia diagnosis delayed by complex referral criteria

Complex and time-consuming memory clinic referral criteria are contributing to delays in the diagnosis of dementia, according to a paper published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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12 October 2016

Antidepressants double harms related to suicide and violence in healthy adults

The first ever review of trials of antidepressants taken by healthy adults with no signs of a mental disorder has established that antidepressants doubled the harms related to suicide and violence.

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05 October 2016

More urgency needed to move patients on from acute psychiatric units

Greater emphasis and urgency should be placed on moving patients on from acute psychiatric units to less restrictive care environments where more appropriate care can be given.

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07 July 2016

Blurring of national security interests and global health agendas are an unavoidable reality, say experts

Society must align the overlapping priorities and often clashing interests of medical intelligence, national security agendas and the global health community, according to global health advocates.

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25 May 2016

Health academics back EU remain campaign

A group of leading academics from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London says the UK must remain in the EU in order to protect the health of UK residents.

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27 April 2016

Kindness should be a duty to patients

Kindness should be an integral part of a doctor’s duty to a patient. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr David Jeffrey, says that today’s competitive medical culture does not consistently support the practice of kindness.

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19 April 2016

The Royal Society of Medicine launches ‘Doctors of the Future’ news-style programme with ITN Productions

In a unique communications partnership, the Royal Society of Medicine and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme. ‘Doctors of the Future’ looks at the transformations in medical education as well as innovations in medical research and technologies that will shape the healthcare of tomorrow.

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07 April 2016

Proposed health charges for migrants fail test against government’s own principles

Proposals by the UK government to charge non-EEA residents for access to the NHS fail to abide by the government’s principles for the NHS, are ideologically driven and unlikely to result in substantial savings.

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16 March 2016

Austerity linked to rising mortality rates among older pensioners

Rising mortality rates among pensioners aged 85 and over are linked to reductions in spending on income support for poorer pensioners, suggests new research published by JRSM.

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03 February 2016

Intense work helped Michelangelo maintain use of hands despite osteoarthritis

Prolonged hammering and chiselling accelerated degenerative arthritis in the hands of Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, painter and one of the greatest artists of all time.

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13 January 2016

A century after Endurance Shackleton diagnosed with ‘hole in the heart’

On the 100th anniversary of the Endurance expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, doctors writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine believe the inspirational explorer may have had the congenital defect commonly known as a ‘hole in the heart'.

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11 January 2016

Royal Society of Medicine presents ‘Doctors of the Future’, a collaboration with ITN Productions

In a unique communications partnership, the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme which will explore how the doctors of the future are developing.

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