Media release archive 2006

18 December 2006 Students and junior doctors benefit from new Royal Society of Medicine guide

The Royal Society of Medicine, the UK’s largest provider of continuing medical education, has today published a new guide aimed at students and junior doctors.

11 December 2006 USAID still far from achieving transparency and accountability in foreign aid assistance

Despite changes introduced by the United States Secretary of State to promote transparency and effectiveness at USAID, the aid assistance agency is still far from achieving capable management of disease control in developing countries, according to a new article.

5 December 2006 Moaning doctors and lack of compassion, UK experts take aim at the inconvenient truths of medicine and healthcare

Governments should keep the threat and funding of global terrorism in perspective, given the number of preventable deaths that occur daily from HIV, malaria and TB.

30 November 2006 Hospices fall well below NICE guidance on psychiatric support for end of life care

Patients in hospices in the UK and the Republic of Ireland may not be receiving appropriate psychiatric services as recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

2 November 2006 NHS diabetes management targets need to address inequalities

Large variations in the quality of diabetes management exist between general practices in London with younger people worse off, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

30 October 2006 Royal Society of Medicine publishes new book on fitness to drive

The Royal Society of Medicine has today published a new guide to assist doctors and health professionals who provide advice and assessment on fitness to drive in Great Britain.

29 October 2006 Hubris of Blair, Bush leading to incompetent decision-making

Tony Blair’s judgements on Afghanistan and Iraq were erroneous, unstable and unstructured, and reflect the hubris affecting the British Prime Minister, according to Lord David Owen.

27 October 2006 Healthcare, not heterosexual sex, implicated in spread of HIV in Africa, according to new research

Women in sub-Saharan Africa who receive tetanus injections as a preventative healthcare measure are twice as likely to subsequently test HIV-positive as women who do not, according to a new study published in the Royal Society of Medicine’s International Journal of STD & AIDS.

27 October 2006 AIDS epidemic in India ignoring unsafe healthcare in spread of virus

India’s efforts to control its HIV epidemic are based on insufficient information about routes of transmission, and may fail if widely-ignored risks from blood exposures in healthcare are not investigated and stopped.

4 October 2006 Performance pay for NHS consultants discriminatory

A leading Professor of General Practice in the UK has called for a fundamental review of the Department of Health’s Clinical Excellence Awards.

4 October 2006 Demeaning language of the NHS betrays patients

The UK’s leading patient advocate, Harry Cayton, has condemned the use of demeaning language in the NHS in an editorial in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

3 October 2006 London's medical history is brought to life in a new book

The history of healthcare is complex, confusing and contested, writes Nick Black in a new book just published by Royal Society of Medicine Press.

29 September 2006 Affluent patients are more attractive to GPs

Affluent patients are perceived as more attractive than patients from deprived backgrounds and this could be one reason why they receive better treatment from their GPs, according to new research published in the Royal Society of Medicine’s Journal of Health Services Research & Policy.

29 September 2006 Behavioural therapy works for chronic fatigue syndrome, says new study

A study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has found that behavioural interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy are effective treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome in adults.

19 September 2006 Medical journals require urgent reform, says former editor of BMJ

Medical journals are over influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, too fond of the mass media and neglectful of patients, writes Richard Smith, a former editor of the BMJ in a new book.

1 September 2006 Private Harry Farr should not have been pardoned, says psychiatrist

The first psychiatric paper examining the death of Harry Farr, who was shot for cowardice during the First World War, has questioned the Government’s decision to pardon Private Farr and all others executed for military offences during the war.

31 August 2006 Diabetes is better managed in the UK than the USA

Patients in England with diabetes are better managed than their counterparts in the United States of America due to access to universal healthcare available in the United Kingdom, according to new research.

28 July 2006 Current GMC should be disbanded, says former President

A former President of the General Medical Council has called for the current Council to be disbanded and re-formed with new members.

27 July 2006 Walking and cycling should be made less dangerous, argue researchers

Researchers are calling for greater government action to help curb child road deaths in the UK, following a new study which finds child pedestrians are 30 times more likely to be killed and child cyclists 50 times more likely to be killed than child car passengers.

27 July 2006 Doctors warn on asthma drugs

Doctors are calling on the European Medicines Agency to warn against a class of leading asthma drugs following the emergence of new evidence which shows they have the potential to increase severe asthma episodes and deaths.

6 July 2006 New England Journal of Medicine damaged by its conduct over Vioxx, says former editor of BMJ

The conduct of the New England Journal of Medicine in the dispute involving the VIGOR trial and the drug Vioxx has raised doubts about the journal’s integrity, according to a former editor of the BMJ.

30 June 2006 The Menopause: What you need to know?
A new practical guide for women

The British Menopause Society and the Royal Society of Medicine Press have today co-published a practical guide to help women manage menopause.

29 June 2006 Pharmaceutical industry cannot be trusted to deal with biased reporting of clinical trials without stricter regulation

An article in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine examines the conduct of pharmaceutical companies in drug trials and urges changes to ensure their research is scientifically trustworthy.

22 June 2006 Reduced antibiotic prescribing is associated with increased hospital admissions

New research indicates that efforts to reduce antibiotic resistance led to a decrease in the prescribing of antibiotics by doctors yet an increase in hospitalizations for respiratory infections like pneumonia.

14 June 2006 Doctors warn of prescription drug abuse by gym goers

Bodybuilders in the UK are increasingly suffering altered perceptions of body image, similar in psychopathology to bulimia nervosa, and abusing prescription medication as well as steroids, according to an editorial published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

8 June 2006 Legalise non-voluntary euthanasia, says professor of medical ethics

One of the UK’s leading medical ethicists, Emeritus Professor Len Doyal, has called for the legalisation of voluntary and non-voluntary euthanasia in Britain.

1 June 2006 Experts question the need for more doctors in the UK

Research into the health care workforce has examined whether additional medical student numbers are necessary in the UK.

1 June 2006 Number of doctors charged with manslaughter rising in the UK

The number of doctors charged with manslaughter in the UK has risen substantially since the 1990s; however, the rate of conviction remains low.

28 May 2006 Khat chewing increases risk of heart attack, warn doctors

A paper published in next month’s issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has warned about the severe effects of khat chewing and called for increased awareness among doctors and the public.

8 May 2006 Assisted suicide bill violates the fundamental principle of "first do no harm"

Doctors will become gatekeepers to assisted suicide (also called assisted dying) and will violate the principle of

“first do no harm”
if a bill before parliament this month is passed into law, argues an editorial in the May issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

4 May 2006 Are you comfortably numb?

Around one in 500 people who undergo a general anaesthetic are aware of what’s happening during their operation.

3 May 2006 Research fraud is equally common in 30,000 or so scientific journals, says former editor of BMJ

It is likely that research fraud is equally common in 30,000 or so scientific journals and it is invariably covered up.

26 April 2006 Obesity epidemic is underestimated in US States

A new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has found that the level of obesity in the United States is significantly underestimated.

21 April 2006 Too much water a hazard for marathon runners, study finds

Marathon runners should limit the amount they drink during the race or they may risk headache, collapse, confusion, memory loss, vomiting, seizures, and even death from fluid accumulation in the lungs or brain: all from dilution of the salt in the blood resulting from excess water intake during exercise (exercise-associated hyponatraemia or water intoxication).

12 April 2006 After Shipman: the trust between patients and doctors

Between 1972 and 1998, Harold Shipman is believed to have killed about 250 people.
Shipman operated undetected in the context of the NHS, its training and postgraduate education arrangements, and within group general practices.

30 March 2006 Cause of death in crucifixion uncertain says new study

A new review on the causes of death in crucifixion has cast doubt over established medical theories and the leading hypotheses on the how Jesus died.

24 March 2006 Persistent genital arousal in women, doctors uncover new syndrome

Doctors have identified a new sexual condition affecting women.
Tentatively labelled Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, its primary symptom is relatively constant, unrelieved feelings of genital arousal in the absence of genuine sexual interest or desire.

20 March 2006 Spinal manipulation doesn’t work for any condition, new research finds

A study to be published in next month’s issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has raised serious questions about the efficacy of spinal manipulation treatment.

16 March 2006 New journal to examine medical ethics in the UK

The Royal Society of Medicine has today launched a new journal on medical ethics.

2 March 2006 EPO hormone can assist stroke patients

A review of the hormone erythropoietin has called for further trials to be conducted to ascertain its efficacy in improving neuronal damage in stroke patients.

1 March 2006 Celecoxib increases risk of heart attack, new study finds

A study published in the March issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, has found celecoxib increases the risk of a heart attack by over two-fold.

1 March 2006 Open access for the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Beginning this month, sections of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, will be made available on its website for free.

9 February 2006 Helping the management of menopause

The Royal Society of Medicine Press has today published the latest practical guide on how to manage the menopause.

3 February 2006 Cocaine users at risk of life threatening abdominal complications

Doctors, writing in the February issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, have warned of life threatening abdominal complications following the rise of cocaine abuse in the UK.

31 January 2006 Avoidable hospital admission rates higher in deprived areas

A new study has found that the highest rates of hospitalisation across primary care trusts in London were associated with population profiles and measures of deprivation.

11 January 2006 Health policy experts question the NHS 18-week waiting list target

An article in this month’s issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine examines the Government’s commitment to reduce the NHS waiting list time to 18 weeks.

5 January 2006 Child protection at risk as doctors’ fear for their futures

Restoring the confidence of paediatricians is crucial if children are to be properly protected in the UK says Professor David Hall, the former President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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