Media release archive 2018

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

16 November 2018

UK must not fall behind in race to ‘humanise’ drug discovery

Researchers are warning that current research models and regulation are blocking the development of human-relevant approaches to drug discovery and are perpetuating animal-based approaches.

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02 November 2018

Children account for almost half of sport injury-related A&E attendances

Study finds almost half of sport injury-related emergency department attendances and almost a quarter of sport injury-related hospital admissions were in children and adolescents aged 0 – 19 years.

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11 October 2018

Immigration restrictions for EU citizens could damage UK research and healthcare environment post-Brexit

An analysis of senior European scientists and doctors working in the UK underlines the high risk of considerable damage to the UK’s science output and international research reputation caused by any post-Brexit immigration restrictions, as well as an associated reduction in healthcare quality.

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05 October 2018

Community health workers could help tackle NHS workload crisis

The growing workload crisis in NHS primary care could be helped by the systematic integration of community health workers at scale, a study shows. Published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the modelling study was led by researchers at Imperial College London.

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20 September 2018

Access to medical school narrowing for graduate-entry students

Access to medical school is narrowing for people wishing to study medicine who already have a degree, according to a group of current graduate-entry medical students. In a letter to the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine they describe how, in recent years, several four-year graduate-entry courses have closed or narrowed requirements to exclude individuals with non-scientific backgrounds.

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14 September 2018

Newspaper reporting of NHS Cancer Drugs Fund misleading

An analysis of UK newspaper reporting of the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) between 2010 and 2015 shows that despite some critical analysis, the mostly positive stories are likely to have contributed to the CDF’s continuation, despite mounting evidence of its ineffectiveness.

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23 May 2018

Prescription costs increase for low-value treatments despite reduction in numbers

Despite a fall in prescription numbers for low-value treatments, the overall cost of prescribing these items in English primary care has risen, according to new research published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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19 April 2018

Practices with poor prescribing performance more likely to prescribe homeopathy

New research published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine finds that general practices in England with the worst prescribing quality scores are 2.1 times more likely to prescribe homeopathy than practices with the best prescribing quality scores.

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09 March 2018

Poor rural population had best diet and health in mid-Victorian years

Poor, rural societies retaining a more traditional lifestyle where high-quality foods were obtained locally enjoyed the best diet and health in mid-Victorian Britain. A new study, published in JRSM Open, examined the impact of regional diets on the health of the poor during mid-19th century Britain and compared it with mortality data over the same period.

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01 February 2018

Experts call for more evidence to test impact of GP video consultations

In a paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, researchers have called for more evidence to understand the safety and effectiveness of video consultation, and its impact on patient access and GP workload.

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26 January 2018

Drug trial protocol redactions by industry sponsors exposed

New research published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine exposes the extent of redactions in protocols for industry-sponsored randomised drug trials.

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