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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…

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…

Harmony in living and dying: College of Medicine hosts HILDA event – including a cookery demonstration
Harmony in living and dying: College of Medicine hosts HILDA event – including a cookery demonstration

Harmony in living and dying: College of Medicine hosts HILDA event – including a cookery demonstration

The College of Medicine hosted an online evening in late March, which discussed talking about finding harmony in living and dying with the HILDA project – with nutrition and integrative health cook Toral Shah offering a culinary demonstration. The workshop,…

Listen, support, connect: How we marked International Social Prescribing Day 2021
Listen, support, connect: How we marked International Social Prescribing Day 2021

Listen, support, connect: How we marked International Social Prescribing Day 2021

A vital event in the College of Medicine’s annual calendar, Social Prescribing Day, which took place this year on March 18th, aims to celebrate the social prescribing movement by highlighting stories of progress, the importance of community and, this year,…

‘Link workers are bringers of hope’: Social prescribing features on BBC One’s Countryfile
‘Link workers are bringers of hope’: Social prescribing features on BBC One’s Countryfile

‘Link workers are bringers of hope’: Social prescribing features on BBC One’s Countryfile

Social Prescribing featured on BBC One’s Countryfile this weekend, with presenter Anita Rani meeting Dr Marie Polley to discuss finding solutions to problems without medical intervention. Anita joined Dr Polley, who is co-Chair of the Social Prescribing Network, to discuss…

Hope for the Future: what do College members aspire for in healthcare in 2021?
Hope for the Future: what do College members aspire for in healthcare in 2021?

Hope for the Future: what do College members aspire for in healthcare in 2021?

A new year is upon us, and despite the extraordinary challenges that we’ve faced in 2020, we remain hugely optimistic for the year ahead. To mark the dawn of 2021, the College asked our friends and members – many of…

Fighting for the arts in a pandemic: ENO Chair says directors doubled up as ‘covid marshalls’ to get La Bohème back on the stage
Fighting for the arts in a pandemic: ENO Chair says directors doubled up as ‘covid marshalls’ to get La Bohème back on the stage

Fighting for the arts in a pandemic: ENO Chair says directors doubled up as ‘covid marshalls’ to get La Bohème back on the stage

English National Opera Chairman Dr Harry Brunjes, vice-president of the College of Medicine, reflects on the ENO’s first socially-distanced production… In the theatre world it certainly has been ‘the season of darkness’ with a predicted ‘winter of despair’, but hopefully…

Brushing your teeth properly reduces risk of oral cancer, scientists say
Brushing your teeth properly reduces risk of oral cancer, scientists say

Brushing your teeth properly reduces risk of oral cancer, scientists say

Brushing your teeth thoroughly could help to prevent oral cancer, new research finds. Scientists at the University of California found that the bacteria that builds up around teeth when regular brushing is absent was responsible for pathogens that enhanced tumour…

Losing weight cuts the risk of a raft of obesity-related health problems, new study finds
Losing weight cuts the risk of a raft of obesity-related health problems, new study finds

Losing weight cuts the risk of a raft of obesity-related health problems, new study finds

A major new study has found that shedding weight significantly cuts the risk of developing a group of chronic health conditions – with a loss of 13 per cent body weight reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by 42…

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…

Video workshop on food as medicine: exploring taste in common herbs and spices
Video workshop on food as medicine: exploring taste in common herbs and spices

Video workshop on food as medicine: exploring taste in common herbs and spices

From ancient times humans have eaten natural herbs and spices. Traditional medicine knew how to use them to act as catalysts in enhancing or reducing the power of foods. Food really can be medicine. In June, Harmony in Health held…