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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…

New research suggests staying trim in middle age and later life prevents Type 2 diabetes
New research suggests staying trim in middle age and later life prevents Type 2 diabetes

New research suggests staying trim in middle age and later life prevents Type 2 diabetes

A new study into the link between obesity and diabetes has suggested that everyone has a ‘personal fat threshold’ and staying on the right side of it could help stave off a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. The research, carried out…

Overprescribing must stop, says new Government report
Overprescribing must stop, says new Government report

Overprescribing must stop, says new Government report

The College of Medicine’s Chair has welcomed plans by the Government to reduce the overprescribing of medicines. A report published this week announced action to prevent medicines being prescribed unnecessarily, following a new review led by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer…

Employers encouraged to offer yoga and meditation to help improve mental health in the workforce
Employers encouraged to offer yoga and meditation to help improve mental health in the workforce

Employers encouraged to offer yoga and meditation to help improve mental health in the workforce

Public Health England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is urging employers to introduce a raft of new measures to help improve the mental health of their workers. Yoga and meditation sessions, more flexible working hours and…

“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being
“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being

“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being

Nour Saleh says she first realised the positive influence of art as a child, noticing ‘the power of it to gather people and unite them’ and how drawing or doodling ‘appeased’ her own emotions, offering moments of calm. Nour, a…

Young doctor wins Diana Award for campaign to put nutrition on medical curriculum – and thanks College of Medicine for ‘giving me a voice’
Young doctor wins Diana Award for campaign to put nutrition on medical curriculum – and thanks College of Medicine for ‘giving me a voice’

Young doctor wins Diana Award for campaign to put nutrition on medical curriculum – and thanks College of Medicine for ‘giving me a voice’

A newly qualified doctor whose campaign to put diet and nutrition on the medical curriculum has seen her work honoured with a prestigious Diana Award has praised the College of Medicine for helping to inspire her. The awards are given…

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…

Superfied founder tells The College of Medicine how his own health issue pushed him to create the new self-care platform
Superfied founder tells The College of Medicine how his own health issue pushed him to create the new self-care platform

Superfied founder tells The College of Medicine how his own health issue pushed him to create the new self-care platform

After a successful 25-year career in marketing, College of Medicine member Sandy Purewal, 50, (pictured) founded self-care platform Superfied earlier this year. The concept – empowering people to take better care of their own health via better food – was…

“GPs and patients have been horribly betrayed”: Dr Michael Dixon on the neglect of general practice
“GPs and patients have been horribly betrayed”: Dr Michael Dixon on the neglect of general practice

“GPs and patients have been horribly betrayed”: Dr Michael Dixon on the neglect of general practice

The College of Medicine Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, has issued a robust criticism of the lack of investment in general practice, saying GPs and patients have suffered as a result, and that improvements in secondary care “should not have been…

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…

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.…

“We’re empowering people to make a difference in their own lives – that’s priceless” London health professionals discuss social prescribing
“We’re empowering people to make a difference in their own lives – that’s priceless” London health professionals discuss social prescribing

“We’re empowering people to make a difference in their own lives – that’s priceless” London health professionals discuss social prescribing

Healthy London Partnership, an initiative that aims to make the English capital the world’s healthiest city, has created a new film that highlights how valuable social prescribing can be in building and supporting community resilience – by linking people to…

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…

‘We have achieved so much but there is so much yet to do…’ Dr Michael Dixon addresses Westminster Health Forum social prescribing Conference
‘We have achieved so much but there is so much yet to do…’ Dr Michael Dixon addresses Westminster Health Forum social prescribing Conference

‘We have achieved so much but there is so much yet to do…’ Dr Michael Dixon addresses Westminster Health Forum social prescribing Conference

The College of Medicine’s Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, made a keynote address at the Westminster Health Forum Conference on September 17th…here, we share his address in full… ‘I am most grateful to the Westminster Health Forum for organising this third…

Study finds dance health project reduces falls in the elderly by up to 58 per cent
Study finds dance health project reduces falls in the elderly by up to 58 per cent

Study finds dance health project reduces falls in the elderly by up to 58 per cent

A social prescribing programme designed to encourage older people to dance could help reduce falls by around 58 per cent, a new study has found. Community-led project Dance to Health combines evidence-based falls prevention principles with the creativity, expression and energy…

‘It’s social prescription at its best’: College of Medicine joins Duchess of Cornwall at Lambeth Food Co-op
‘It’s social prescription at its best’: College of Medicine joins Duchess of Cornwall at Lambeth Food Co-op

‘It’s social prescription at its best’: College of Medicine joins Duchess of Cornwall at Lambeth Food Co-op

WATCH VIDEO: The College of Medicine’s Chair Dr Michael Dixon has praised a community-led food co-operative in Lambeth, calling the project ‘social prescription at its very beginning and very best’. Dr Dixon joined HRH Duchess of Cornwall in the London…

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

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…