2021 Media releases archive

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Dr Kamran Abbasi recognised as influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic leader

Dr Kamran Abbasi, editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, has been named by the HSJ as one of the 50 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in health.

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Press note: 4 October 2021

The loss of smell and taste, and how historical pandemics compare to COVID-19.

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New analysis shows benefits of offering two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 12-17 clearly outweigh risks

30 September 2021

A new analysis of the risks and benefits of offering two doses of COVID-19 vaccination to all 12-17 year olds in England shows that the benefits clearly outweigh the risks, given the current high case rates.

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Press note: 27 September 2021

Genetics of gender identity, from bombs to botulism, and a masterclass on sustainable healthcare.

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Suicide rates fell in Canada during pandemic despite rise in unemployment

23 September 2021

The results of research into suicide rates in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic show that rates fell despite a simultaneous increase in unemployment.

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Press note: 20 September 2021

Vaccines, variants and infection, craniopagus twin separation and training women in the Armed Forces.

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Press note: 13 September 2021

LGBTQ+ health during C-19, preventing asthma deaths in children, and Michael Brearley - psychoanalyst and England cricket captain.

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Press note: 30 August 2021

In conversation: Lord Ribeiro, eminent surgeon, and NHS England chair Lord Prior.

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Zoonotic threats must be integrated into global health security planning, say experts

6 August 2021

The surveillance of zoonotic diseases must be integrated into health security intelligence systems, if future pandemics are to be handled effectively, according to global health practitioners writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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New 10-year patient safety analysis highlights areas for improvement in acute medical units

5 August 2021

New research by Cardiff University and University College London, from a new 10-year analysis of patient safety incidents in hospital acute medical units across England and Wales, recommends to include the introduction of electronic prescribing and monitoring systems, checklists to reduce diagnostic errors, and an increased presence of senior clinicians and pharmacists overnight.

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Royal Society of Medicine welcomes new Honorary Fellows and medal winners

28 July 2021

A special ceremony was held at the Royal Society of Medicine on Tuesday 27 July to induct the Society’s new Honorary Fellows and to formally inaugurate Professor Roger Kirby as President of the RSM.

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Press note: 19 July 2021

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, health professionals as climate change advocates, and making childbirth safer.

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People with five or more symptoms in first week of infection more likely to develop long COVID

16 July 2021

The presence of more than five symptoms of COVID-19 in the first week of infection is significantly associated with the development of long COVID, according to a new review published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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Press note: 12 July 2021

NHS’s Sir Simon Stevens, psychology in extreme sports and a carer-friendly workforce.

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Press note: 5 July 2021

Fighting for life, spotlight on long Covid, and planetary health through the lens of the pandemic.

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Diversity in leadership roles essential to engage minority-ethnic medical students with academia

2 July 2021

Minority-ethnic medical students must have more role-models in senior leadership positions if they are to engage with academia, says a group of medical students writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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Press note: 28 June 2021

Should we vaccinate children? Sleep as a phenotype and carer-friendly hospitals.

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Press note: 21 June 2021

End of life decision-making, psychological trauma and the global pandemic response.

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Press note: 14 June 2021

David Nott - war doctor, epigenetic clocks, and circadian rhythms in respiratory disease.

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Press note: 7 June 2021

Ecological grief, health security and tackling vaccine hesitancy.

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Press note: 31 May 2021

Tony Adams and alcohol addiction, the latest Covid-19 Q&A round-up, and our post- Brexit diet.

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Press note: 24 May 2021

Children’s health and climate change, Henry Wellcome’s medicine chest, and media reporting in a health crisis.

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Press note: 17 May 2021

Surgical robots, Kate Bingham-vaccine supremo, and Covid in prisons.

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Experts propose ‘five Cs’ to tackle vaccine hesitancy

3 June 2021

The reluctance or refusal to accept Covid-19 vaccinations can be tackled by a five-pronged strategy to addressing the behavioural and socio-demographic factors behind vaccine hesitancy.

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Studying Shakespeare could help medical students connect with patients

2 April 2021

A palliative care doctor has suggested that studying Shakespeare’s plays could help medical students connect more closely with their patients.

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Covid-19: Strategy proposed for safe re-opening of mass live events

20 March 2021

A model that has the potential to support the live events industry to re-open safely at full capacity while reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission has been proposed by a team of public health doctors from Imperial College London and the University of Tartu, Estonia.

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COVID-19: UK’s colour-blind vaccine allocation strategy putting ethnic minorities at higher risk of illness and death

10 March 2021

Omitting ethnic minorities from the vaccine priority list is putting these groups at a significantly higher risk of COVID-19 illness and death.

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HRH The Prince of Wales to open Royal Society of Medicine series on health impacts of climate change

4 March 2021

A series of webinars that will position health and wellbeing at the centre of the climate change debate will be opened with a pre-recorded video message from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on Tuesday 16 March.

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COVID-19: Schools urgently need guidelines on improving ventilation in classrooms

6 February 2021

There is an urgent need for guidelines on how schools can use ventilation to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the classroom, according to doctors at Imperial College London and the headteacher of a secondary school in Pinner, Middlesex.

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COVID-19: Science scepticism may be reinforced by UK rush to approve vaccines

15 January 2021

Former director of public health Professor John Ashton has said that scientific scepticism may be reinforced by the UK’s rush to approve COVID vaccines for public use and the apparent political desire to be the first out of the blocks in contrast to our European neighbours.

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