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College of Medicine Council Member Dr Catherine Zollman co-authors ‘landmark’ paper on the safe practice of acupuncture in integrative oncology
College of Medicine Council Member Dr Catherine Zollman co-authors ‘landmark’ paper on the safe practice of acupuncture in integrative oncology

College of Medicine Council Member Dr Catherine Zollman co-authors ‘landmark’ paper on the safe practice of acupuncture in integrative oncology

A new ‘landmark’ paper on the recommendations for the safe practice of acupuncture in integrative oncology has been released, following two years of research by 15 international experts in the fields of integrative oncology and/or acupuncture. The paper, Acupuncture in…

Discussion Paper: Future Direction for the NHS – Reconnect, Revise, Restore
Discussion Paper: Future Direction for the NHS – Reconnect, Revise, Restore

Discussion Paper: Future Direction for the NHS – Reconnect, Revise, Restore

Dr Michael Dixon and Dr Sam Everington, Chair and Vice Chair respectively of The College of Medicine, have authored a new discussion paper on how to fix and future protect our healthcare system… Image: Pixabay/Geralt What are the problems that…

Dr Michael Dixon, Dr Fiona Butler and Mr Michael Dooley receive awards in King’s Birthday Honours list
Dr Michael Dixon, Dr Fiona Butler and Mr Michael Dooley receive awards in King’s Birthday Honours list

Dr Michael Dixon, Dr Fiona Butler and Mr Michael Dooley receive awards in King’s Birthday Honours list

Key members of The College of Medicine have received awards in the King’s Birthday Honours List. Our Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, who is also Head of the Royal Medical Household, has been made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).…

Dr Michael Dixon’s letter to The Times: ‘Toxic NHS is disconnected from patient, staff and community needs’
Dr Michael Dixon’s letter to The Times: ‘Toxic NHS is disconnected from patient, staff and community needs’

Dr Michael Dixon’s letter to The Times: ‘Toxic NHS is disconnected from patient, staff and community needs’

Ahead of the IPM Congress 2024, the College of Medicine’s Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, has written a letter to The Times newspaper addressing the GP retention crisis the country’s healthcare system is currently facing. In the correspondence, Dr Dixon says…

Why a North London social prescribing group – ‘Make and Mend’ – is about so much more than sewing
Why a North London social prescribing group – ‘Make and Mend’ – is about so much more than sewing

Why a North London social prescribing group – ‘Make and Mend’ – is about so much more than sewing

A free sewing group started during lockdown that teaches tailoring skills to women has flourished – with some ‘graduates’ from the programme starting their own businesses. Poornima Kirloskar-Saini founded Kundakala, which encourages women to become ‘more social, confident and financially…

Alzheimer’s patient says her symptoms have ‘reversed’ following intensive lifestyle changes
Alzheimer’s patient says her symptoms have ‘reversed’ following intensive lifestyle changes

Alzheimer’s patient says her symptoms have ‘reversed’ following intensive lifestyle changes

A patient diagnosed with Alzheimer’s claims making significant changes to her lifestyle as part of a clinical trial has had a dramatic effect on her symptoms. Speaking on new CNN documentary ‘The Last Alzheimer’s Patient’, US woman Cici Zerbe said…

Last chance to book for IPM Congress 2024 – taking place this week!
Last chance to book for IPM Congress 2024 – taking place this week!

Last chance to book for IPM Congress 2024 – taking place this week!

The IPM Congress – including our Food on Prescription conference – is taking place this week, and there’s still time to register for your place, simply visit ipmcongress.com. Don’t miss out on the largest integrative & personalised medicine event in…

Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group calls for overhaul of mental health system
Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group calls for overhaul of mental health system

Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group calls for overhaul of mental health system

A new report released today by the Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is calling for a major overhaul of mental health care services in the UK. The report, entitled Shifting the Balance Towards Social Interventions: A Call for…

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN Boxing clever: How one grassroots organisation is helping everyone from cancer patients to those struggling with prescribed drug dependency
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN Boxing clever: How one grassroots organisation is helping everyone from cancer patients to those struggling with prescribed drug dependency

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN Boxing clever: How one grassroots organisation is helping everyone from cancer patients to those struggling with prescribed drug dependency

The combined power of community and sport to improve people’s health and well-being is increasingly being hailed as an effective way of releasing pressure on the NHS – and a grassroots organisation in England’s north east is offering up a…

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Coming off dependence-forming drugs for mental health problems can ‘up end’ your life, say psychiatrist and pharmacist who have authored new guidelines for safe deprescribing
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Coming off dependence-forming drugs for mental health problems can ‘up end’ your life, say psychiatrist and pharmacist who have authored new guidelines for safe deprescribing

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Coming off dependence-forming drugs for mental health problems can ‘up end’ your life, say psychiatrist and pharmacist who have authored new guidelines for safe deprescribing

The Maudsley Deprescribing Guidelines by Dr Mark Horowitz and Professor David Taylor is the first clinical handbook on how to safely stop medications, reports Sarah Stacey… Until very recently, medical guidelines and textbooks have been influenced by short-term studies carried…

The College of Medicine publishes new report calling for more school nurses
The College of Medicine publishes new report calling for more school nurses

The College of Medicine publishes new report calling for more school nurses

The College of Medicine has joined key voices in healthcare including nursing leads, charities and the Government in calling for more schools to have a dedicated nurse. The College contributed to a report published this week which documents the sharp…

Ready to quit smoking or vaping? Hypnotherapist Freddy Jacquin leads online session on March 13th to help!
Ready to quit smoking or vaping? Hypnotherapist Freddy Jacquin leads online session on March 13th to help!

Ready to quit smoking or vaping? Hypnotherapist Freddy Jacquin leads online session on March 13th to help!

As part of our ongoing programme to explore prospects for improved healthcare, the College of Medicine has introduced a free online ‘Quit smoking and/or vaping Hypnotherapy Session’ in association with world renowned hypnotherapist Freddy Jacquin. Freddy has worked as a hypnotherapist since…

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: How the South West’s pain cafes are helping chronic pain sufferers – without drugs
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: How the South West’s pain cafes are helping chronic pain sufferers – without drugs

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: How the South West’s pain cafes are helping chronic pain sufferers – without drugs

Our latest Beyond Pills Campaign article looks at how an initiative in the South West is helping chronic pain sufferers find respite using a range of different strategies… Instead of reaching for a bottle of painkillers, chronic pain sufferers in…

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Exercise should be a core treatment for depression, research suggests
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Exercise should be a core treatment for depression, research suggests

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Exercise should be a core treatment for depression, research suggests

An evidence review of the benefits of exercise for depression, published in the BMJ, found that some types of exercise proved more effective than psychotherapy and antidepressants, writes Sarah Stacey. Latest NHS figures show that 8.6 million people in England…

West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’
West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’

West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’

An influential West London GP who made the New Year Honours List for her work on social inclusion, mental health and homeless health has told The College of Medicine that ‘health is much more than the absence of illness’. Dr…

New book examines relationship between healing and medicine
New book examines relationship between healing and medicine

New book examines relationship between healing and medicine

The College of Medicine’s Chair Dr Michael Dixon has praised a new book that examines in depth the relationship between healing and medicine. A Doctor’s Journey Toward Their Integration is by Bristol-based Professor Paul Dieppe, an academic physician who changed…

Walk yourself happy: How nature helped TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s recovery from cancer
Walk yourself happy: How nature helped TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s recovery from cancer

Walk yourself happy: How nature helped TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s recovery from cancer

Getting outside, into nature offers so much for the mind, body and soul – it can boost your immune system, lift your spirits and speed up your recovery. It’s not a new phenomenon – the healing power of nature has…

World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week: Access the TARGET toolkit
World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week: Access the TARGET toolkit

World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week: Access the TARGET toolkit

The third week in November marks World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week, a global annual campaign to improve awareness and understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance amongst patients and healthcare professionals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared AMR one of the…

Barnardo’s urges government to invest in social prescribing to help mental health of young people
Barnardo’s urges government to invest in social prescribing to help mental health of young people

Barnardo’s urges government to invest in social prescribing to help mental health of young people

Social prescribing could help young people suffering with mental health problems, new research says. Children’s charity Barnardo’s says referrals for non-clinical treatments could help to ease current pressure on child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) and help young patients…