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Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?

Mike Cummings, College of Medicine Lead for Acupuncture within Medicine and Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, expresses his views on whether doctors should prescribe acupuncture… The evolution of this debate[1], should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?, has…

Mike Cummings

Mike Cummings, College of Medicine Lead for Acupuncture within Medicine and Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

The mouth reflects whole body health – but what does integrated care mean for dentists?

Professor Sonia Williams holds the Emeritus Chair in Oral Health Services Research at the University of Leeds and was awarded the MBE for her work in child and ethnic minorities dental health. Here, Professor Williams explores how integrated oral health…

Professor Sonia Williams

Prof. Williams, MBE, holds the Emeritus Chair in Oral Health Services Research at Leeds University

How health inequality in Crawley has been transformed and the town now boasts the UK’s lowest emergency admission rates

GP Dr Amit Bhargava explains why the north-west Sussex town of Crawley has one of the lowest rates of emergency admissions in the country – and has been recognised as the most dementia-friendly community in the UK. The town, close…

Dr Amit Bhargava

GP Dr Amit Bhargava is Chair of the Crawley Commissioning Consortium

How increased education on Integrative Medicine is changing the way GPs help patients

Dr Elizabeth Thompson, Academic Director for the Diploma for Integrative Medicine, which launched in Bristol in 2017, explains how the course is helping students develop a critical and enquiring approach to a variety of therapeutic interventions: The Diploma Development Team…

Dr Elizabeth Thompson

Chief Executive Officer and Speciality Doctor (Homeopathy)

Social exclusion kills: Society’s healthcare systems can and must help

Medical Director for the charity Pathway, Dr Nigel Hewett OBE has been instrumental in recognising the need for healthcare systems to practise ‘Inclusion Health’. Here, Dr Hewett explains why medical professionals must work together to bring down the high mortality rates experienced by…

Dr Nigel Hewett

Dr Nigel Hewett OBE is a GP and Medical Director of Pathway, he's worked with homeless people since 1990

Israel’s life expectancy rates match East London’s but the UK spends double the amount on healthcare

GP Sir Sam Everington OBE, Chairman of Tower Hamlets CCG, examines whether the UK’s life expectancy rates could be dramatically improved by focusing on social determinants and a better use of technology: In the East End of London the difference in life…

Sir Sam Everington

Dr Everington, a Tower Hamlets GP since 1989, is chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Michael Dixon on Radio 4’s Today programme: “We need to find the right fit for patients, not just reach for a pill”

Dr Michael Dixon appeared on the Today programme on Radio 4 on 5th January 2018…below is a transcript of the comments Dr Dixon made in discussion with presenter John Humphrys: ON MOVING AWAY FROM PRESCRIBING TABLETS “Too often we reach…

Dr Michael Dixon

National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription (NHS England)

Student doctors need to push for better education on social prescribing

Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Social Prescribing Student Lead and a medical student at Exeter Medical School, believes the new generation of medics must engage now with social prescribing to help build a more sustainable future for the NHS…   The importance of…

Bogdan Chiva Giurca

Social Prescribing Student Lead, Medical Student at Exeter Medical School

How a social prescribing pilot in North Staffordshire is transforming GP services

Dr Ruth Chambers, OBE, highlights how a pilot scheme is helping patients with social, emotional and practical needs across North Staffordshire… The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Hub social prescribing project was launched as a six-month pilot in February 2015…

Dr Ruth Chambers

Ruth Chambers OBE is Clinical Telehealth Lead at NHS Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group

Nurses are vital to progressive, integrated healthcare – because they have the trust of patients
Nurse and patient

Nurses earn the confidence of their patients and are often best placed to advise them on alternative care, writes Professor Dame Donna Kinnair: Nurses and midwives are in a unique position to ensure that every patient is able to access holistic…

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair

Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice at the Royal College of Nursing

Everyone has a responsibility to nurture today’s children: a sustainable future depends upon it

There needs to be a fundamental change in the way society cares for children if we are to fully unleash their potential, writes Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, currently visiting Professor in Advocacy for Children and Childhood Nottingham Trent University…  Children…

Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green

Former Children’s Commissioner for England and President of the British Medical Association, 2015 - 2016

Grilling patients on sexuality is the NHS playing Big Brother – and it’ll only drive GPs away

Putting principles before the health of patients is a dangerous game, writes Dr Michael Dixon, and sends out yet another warning flag to GPs that medical autonomy is under threat… I took my 97-year-old mother out to lunch last Sunday and…

Dr Michael Dixon

National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription (NHS England)

Complementary medicine’s true potential cannot be unlocked without robust evidence for its use

Professor Debbie Sharp questions what needs to happen nationally to develop a proper evidence base for effective complementary therapies… The fashion for delivering complementary therapies on the NHS has waxed and waned over many years, since well before the fashion…

Professor Debbie Sharp

Professor of Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol

Commissioning cost-saving complementary medicine is the future for integrated health

Retired barrister Richard Eaton blogs on why both complementary and conventional medical practitioners – and their patients – should be lobbying the Government on the increased use of complementary medicine in mainstream care… In October 2005, further to its commission…

Richard Eaton

Barrister and campaigner for Complementary Medicine

Self-care is critical to the Five Year Forward Plan… but social prescription alone will never be enough

Teaching patients self-care is the future for UK health, says Dr Michael Dixon,  National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription for NHS England, but only if the whole community – from Government to grassroots get involved… The great medical iconoclast, Ivan…

Dr Michael Dixon

National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription (NHS England)

Good food is our human right; but forcing producers to make recipes healthier won’t solve obesity

Simon Tuckey, Ambassador to the Food Industry for the College of Medicine, writes on how the food industry has evolved to put manufacturers in the driving seat, leaving them firmly in control of the nation’s tastebuds…and our health: FOOD IS…

Simon Tuckey

College of Medicine Ambassador to the food industry

Redesigning the NHS to cope with chronic illness

Many people of my age, including myself, would not be alive today given the knowledge of medicine that existed when I qualified as a doctor in 1963. The advances in biomedical science and technology have been huge over the last…

Sir Cyril Chantler

Chair of University College London Partners.

Yoga therapy

An increasing corpus of research trials show that yoga practice is associated with improved health and quality of life. Through a combination of mindful movement, controlled breathing, and meditation yoga enhances physical functioning, reduces stress, enhances mental health, improves executive…

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute

Medical Research
Dame Sally Davies: ‘Daily cocktail of pollutants’ is harming health

The NHS Chief Medical Officer is advising people to switch off electronic screens including phones and tablets to reduce the effects of light pollution. Dame Sally Davies said the bright light from screens is just one of a ‘daily cocktail…

Media storm on mixing herbal pills with prescription medicines is ‘nonsense’, says CPP

The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) has hit back at recent media reports claiming that mixing herbal pills and remedies with prescription medicines ‘puts health in danger’. Major national newspapers including the Daily Mail, Guardian and the Telegraph ran…

Blood test that can detect eight forms of cancer moves a step closer

A blood test that can potentially detect eight forms of cancer at their earliest stage has been described as ‘enormously exciting’ by scientists. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland revealed that while more work was still needed, they had…

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Swollen lips could be a symptom of Crohn’s disease, says leading gastroenterologist

Swollen lips could be a red flag to GPs that a patient is suffering from Crohn’s disease, according to a leading gastroenterologist. The condition is a chronic inflammatory condition, as is Crohn’s, and Kingston Hospital consultant Dr Rishi Goel says there could be some…

Kingston Hospital, London
Clinical trials show potential migraine treatment breakthrough

Practitioners treating patients suffering from migraine could soon be able to offer a more effective method of cutting attacks. The results of two clinical trials have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of which found 50 per…

King's College London, New England Journal of Medicine
Bowel cancer patients to be given gym sessions following study

Cancer patients in parts of the UK are to have prescribed exercise sessions before they undergo operations after it was found physical activity could increase life expectancy and aid recovery from surgery. Research carried out in a pilot study in…

University of Southampton
More accurate blood test for heart attacks could save the NHS millions

A simple blood test offered to patients suspected of having a heart attack could save the NHS millions of pounds every year, says new research. More than 65 per cent of people who visit A&E with chest pains are not…

King's College London, British Heart Foundation
Scientists say tiny ‘DNA nanobots’ could deliver medicine by travelling through the body

A minute robot too small to be seen by the naked eye could one day be used to carry medicines around the body, say scientists. The nanobot, compiled from DNA, could be used to perform tasks at a molecular level…

California Institute of Technology
Aspirin could be the key to reversing tooth decay, say Belfast scientists

Aspirin could be used to regenerate teeth and reduce the need for expensive fillings, medical scientists in Belfast say. Research into the anti-inflammatory painkiller found that it stimulates stem cells in teeth, encouraging regeneration. Scientists at Queen’s University in Belfast…

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen's University Belfast
Could better dental care halt Alzheimer’s? Study finds gum disease ‘raises dementia risk by up to 70%’

People who suffer with gum disease could be more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, new research has found. A study of 28,000 people found that those who brush their teeth more are less likely to develop dementia. Taiwanese scientists behind…

Chung Shan Medical University and the National Defense Medical Center in Taiwan
How a double dose of prostate drugs can boost survival rates by up to 40%

Thousands of men could benefit from a new way of treating prostate cancer that doubles their average life expectancy, research has found. Giving patients a combination of two drugs makes them nearly 40 per cent more likely to be alive…

University of Birmingham research project
Food Research
Drinking three cups of coffee a day may decrease coronary calcification, finds research

A new study by a Brazilian university suggests drinking three cups of coffee daily could help to decrease coronary calcification – but drinking too much could have a negative impact. Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo found that people…

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eating lentils could help to reduce decline in blood vessel health, says research

They are the simplest of legumes…but new research from a Canadian university suggests that lentils could help fight high blood pressure. A research team at the University of Manitoba found that blood vessel health could be improved by eating the…

University of Manitoba, Canada
Dance can help Britain’s health crisis, says Darcey Bussell ahead of conference

Dance and dance fitness can play a significant role in keeping the nation healthy says former Royal Ballet star Darcey Bussell. The Strictly Come Dancing judge will tell delegates at a conference in April that dancing can have an impact…

BBC Radio 4 show explores the influence of iodine on health

A recent Radio 4 programme explored how iodine makes an essential contribution to modern health including sources of iodine, global approaches to the nutrient and whether pregnant women should take supplements to boost the body’s levels: The phrase ‘essential ‘element’…

Compound found in turmeric could boost memory by 30 per cent

A powerful compound found in the spice turmeric could boost memory and even ease depression, according to new research. The US study showed that the compound curcumin can help to prevent protein build-up in parts of the brain that are…

University of California, Los Angeles
Could eating meals at the same time every day help to stave off dementia?

Sitting down to eat meals at the same time every day could help to prevent dementia, according to new research. A study carried out by the University of California looked at how regular meal-times had a positive influence on gene…

University of California, Los Angeles
‘Healthy’ vegetable oil could increase plaque build-ups in brain

A vegetable oil that is marketed as being less expensive and healthier than some other cooking oils could lead to a build-up of plaques in the brain associated with dementia. In a new study, canola oil was also found to…

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), Philadelphia
Good bacteria in the gut could help cancer patients, research finds
bacteria in science lab

How well a patient responds to cancer treatment could be down to the bacteria in their digestive system, says new research. The microbiome – micro-organisms that live in the human body and help regulate the immune system and keep the…

Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus, Paris; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
New study says e-cigarettes could be as harmful as smoking tobacco

They’ve been hailed as healthy cigarettes but taking up ‘vaping’ may be just as harmful to health as tobacco, new research says. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill found that e-cigarettes, which mimic smoking by heating a liquid through…

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Four million children in UK are now overweight, WHO warns

An international study has found that four in ten children aged between five and 19 are overweight or medically obese – with ten per cent of youngsters in the UK deemed at an unhealthy weight. The research, published by Imperial…

Imperial College London/World Health Organisation
A bowl of porridge a day could be better for you than statins, says nutritionist

The nation’s health could be improved if everyone committed to eating a bowl of porridge a day, a professor of food and nutrition has said. Professor Chris Seal of Newcastle University said the simple step could have a marked impact…

Professor Chris Seal, Newcastle University
Cranberry juice can help reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs, new research says

New research has thrown weight behind the argument that cranberry juice can decrease the occurrence of urinary tract infections (UTIs). The Journal of Urology has published results of a study involving 28 clinical trials using nearly 5,000 patients, which showed…

Universidade da Beira Interior and the bank Santander/Totta
Research finds eating an avocado a day boosts levels of brain-friendly lutein

Eating a fresh avocado a day could boost brain function in older adults, new research has found. A modest study of 40 healthy adults aged over 50 found that those who consumed the trendy green fruit on a daily basis…

Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston
A side of fries with that? Food outlets fuelling UK’s obesity crisis by ‘upselling’, experts warn

Companies that try and sell customers a side of fries with their meal or persuade them to up the size of their latte are fuelling the UK’s obesity crisis, say health experts. Consumers are being ‘tricked’ into buying larger portions,…

Royal Society for Public Health/Slimming World
Oily fish supplements may prevent cancer death from muscle wasting

Cancer deaths may be prevented by giving patients nutritional drinks with high levels of protein and fish oil, according to continuing research by Irish scientists. The supplements have been shown to prevent wasting, or rapid muscle loss, which is the…

University College Cork
Can olive oil prevent brain cancer? Key nutrient stops tumour-causing cells from functioning

A key nutrient in olive oil may help to prevent cancer developing in the brain, new research reveals. The staple Mediterranean ingredient contains a compound called oleic acid that stops cancer-causing genes from functioning in brain cells, the study found.…

Journal of Molecular Biology
Taking the Pulse: Hospital Food Campaign

The College of Medicine is a supporter of the Hospital Food Campaign which has now published its report ‘Taking the Pulse’ which uses London as a test case for the quality of food in hospitals. You can download and read…

College update

HRH The Prince of Wales and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling a plaque to commemorate the first centre of excellence in traditional Indian medicine following an MOU between The College of Medicine and the Government of India. pic.twitter.com/hbYp…

About 3 days ago from College of Medicine's Twitter

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