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Plant-based diet could lessen impact of Covid, says new study
Plant-based diet could lessen impact of Covid, says new study

Plant-based diet could lessen impact of Covid, says new study

Those following a plant-based diet could be better placed to fight off the symptoms of Covid, a new study has found. The major research, published in the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health journal, found that following a non-meat diet reduced the…

A lockdown success! How a team of healthcare professionals is transforming mental health support in their region
A lockdown success! How a team of healthcare professionals is transforming mental health support in their region

A lockdown success! How a team of healthcare professionals is transforming mental health support in their region

Two GPs who helped to create a mental health referral team during the height of the first lock-down have shared with the College of Medicine the challenges and successes of its first year in operation. The Andover Primary Care Mental…

Our community’s voice: How the College of Medicine is helping our members
Our community’s voice: How the College of Medicine is helping our members

Our community’s voice: How the College of Medicine is helping our members

The College of Medicine works to re-define medicine beyond pills and procedures, and our members and wider community are vital to our success. By engaging with our online classes – covering everything from mindfulness to hypnosis and nutrition – our…

Celebrating 73 years of the NHS: ‘Our frontline workers have never been more tested than in the months since the pandemic began’
Celebrating 73 years of the NHS: ‘Our frontline workers have never been more tested than in the months since the pandemic began’

Celebrating 73 years of the NHS: ‘Our frontline workers have never been more tested than in the months since the pandemic began’

Key figures at The College of Medicine have praised NHS, social care and frontline workers as the healthcare organisation celebrates its 73rd birthday. The first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day took place on Monday, July 5th 2021 – exactly…

The College of Medicine launches Hope for the Future, a ten-year manifesto for better health
The College of Medicine launches Hope for the Future, a ten-year manifesto for better health

The College of Medicine launches Hope for the Future, a ten-year manifesto for better health

The College of Medicine has launched Hope for the Future, a ten-year plan for better healthcare. Hope for the Future, launched on Monday 20th March 2021, is a manifesto for achieving better health, written by pioneering figures in UK health…

HRH The Prince of Wales calls for an integrated approach to health in latest edition of Future Healthcare Journal
HRH The Prince of Wales calls for an integrated approach to health in latest edition of Future Healthcare Journal

HRH The Prince of Wales calls for an integrated approach to health in latest edition of Future Healthcare Journal

The College of Medicine’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, has criticised the food industry for making healthy meals financially inaccessible for low-income families, and called for an integrated approach to health. Writing in the Future Healthcare Journal, Prince Charles also…

HRH Prince Charles and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham address Social Prescribing Conference
HRH Prince Charles and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham address Social Prescribing Conference

HRH Prince Charles and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham address Social Prescribing Conference

Key speakers including HRH, The Prince of Wales and Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham have addressed nearly 1,000 delegates at the third International Social Prescribing Network Conference.  The heir to the throne told those attending the online event, which takes…

Faculty of Homeopathy and College of Medicine join HRH Prince of Wales in encouraging people to get the Covid vaccine
Faculty of Homeopathy and College of Medicine join HRH Prince of Wales in encouraging people to get the Covid vaccine

Faculty of Homeopathy and College of Medicine join HRH Prince of Wales in encouraging people to get the Covid vaccine

The College of Medicine and Faculty of Homeopathy have published a joint statement encouraging people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The statement comes after the respective organisations’ Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, appeared in a video for the British…

College of Medicine Council Members call for ‘Territorial Army’ of health workers to help avert future crises
College of Medicine Council Members call for ‘Territorial Army’ of health workers to help avert future crises

College of Medicine Council Members call for ‘Territorial Army’ of health workers to help avert future crises

Three leading College of Medicine Council Members have urged the Government to consider creating a ‘Territorial Army’ of health professionals – trained in crisis management – in case another pandemic or similar healthcare disaster strikes the NHS in the future.…

Gut bacteria affects how immune system responds to Covid, studies say
Gut bacteria affects how immune system responds to Covid, studies say

Gut bacteria affects how immune system responds to Covid, studies say

Bacteria in a person’s gut could determine how seriously they’re affected by symptoms of Covid, two new studies in Asia have found.  Research carried out by scientists at the University of Hong Kong found that some people diagnosed with the…

Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green: Covid-19 has had a damaging effect on children – but there is an opportunity to ‘re-set’
Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green: Covid-19 has had a damaging effect on children – but there is an opportunity to ‘re-set’

Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green: Covid-19 has had a damaging effect on children – but there is an opportunity to ‘re-set’

Children may be more resistant to Covid-19 but the pandemic has still had a disproportionate effect on their lives, says Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, a member of the College of Medicine’s Scientific Advisory Council and former UK Children’s Commissioner. Writing…

As we await a vaccine, could herbs and spices be an ally in fighting off Covid-19?
As we await a vaccine, could herbs and spices be an ally in fighting off Covid-19?

As we await a vaccine, could herbs and spices be an ally in fighting off Covid-19?

While positive news about potential vaccines have offered a chink of light in finding a way to outwit Covid-19, looking to Mother Nature – sunlight, herbs and plants – might help us to improve our resilience in the meantime, say doctors. Research…

Loneliness spikes as dark nights and lockdown take their toll on mental health
Loneliness spikes as dark nights and lockdown take their toll on mental health

Loneliness spikes as dark nights and lockdown take their toll on mental health

New statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that levels of loneliness have heightened in recent weeks with the arrival of darker evenings and a second lockdown – with one in four people reporting increased feelings of…

Matt Hancock: ‘There is no downside to vitamin D’ – as evidence grows that it could help in Covid-19 fight
Matt Hancock: ‘There is no downside to vitamin D’ – as evidence grows that it could help in Covid-19 fight

Matt Hancock: ‘There is no downside to vitamin D’ – as evidence grows that it could help in Covid-19 fight

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he now supports people taking vitamin D, amid growing evidence that those who are deficient in the ‘sunshine vitamin’ fare worse when infected with Covid-19. The College of Medicine has long advocated taking Vitamin…

English National Opera launches breathing programme – using singing techniques – for patients recovering from Covid-19
English National Opera launches breathing programme – using singing techniques – for patients recovering from Covid-19

English National Opera launches breathing programme – using singing techniques – for patients recovering from Covid-19

What started as a Zoom meeting between four College of Medicine physicians; Dr Michael Dixon, Sir Sam Everington, Professor Ajit Lalvani and Dr Harry Brunjes, has sparked a new, nationwide initiative with the English National Opera.  The topic was COVID-19…