2020 Media releases archive

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COVID-19: Call for millions spent on failing privatised test and trace system to be diverted to local services

28 October 2020

A group of doctors is calling on the government to divert the hundreds of millions of pounds being spent on the failing centralised privatised COVID-19 national test and trace service into local primary care, local NHS labs and local public health services.

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Covid-19: Pooled testing among recommendations to fix test, trace and isolate system

16 October 2020

In a series of recommendations to fix the struggling Covid-19 test, trace and isolate system in England, health researchers say that pooled testing for Covid-19 could significantly increase testing capacity in a relatively short space of time.

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Professor Humphrey Scott appointed Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine

2 October 2020

Professor Humphrey Scott has been appointed Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine. He will take up the post on Friday 23 October 2020.

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Drugs bill warning over US/UK trade deal

11 September 2020

The NHS would spend billions of pounds more on drugs if it had to pay US prices following a US/UK trade deal, according to a new study published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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Covid-19: herd immunity in Sweden fails to materialise

12 August 2020

Sweden’s policy of allowing the controlled spread of Covid-19 viral infection among the population has so far failed to deliver the country’s previously stated goal of herd immunity.

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Royal Society of Medicine convenes global Covid-19 clinical conference

16 July 2020

An international Covid-19 conference to consolidate key clinical learnings from across the globe will take place online on Monday 27 July from 16.00 hrs to 18.15 hrs (UK time), hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine.

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COVID-19: Cuba offers UK salutary lesson in ‘shoe-leather’ epidemiology

15 July 2020

Cuba’s successful containment of COVID-19 through door-to-door screening of every home in the country, shows how ‘shoe-leather’ epidemiology could have averted the dramatic failure of the UK’s response to the pandemic.

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COVID-19: society's response discriminates against ethnic minorities and migrants

11 June 2020

Society's response to COVID-19 is harming ethnic minorities and migrants, according to global health experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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Covid-19: hospital response risks worsening health inequalities

15 May 2020

Disadvantaged and marginalised people face worsening health inequalities as a result of the difficult choices made by NHS hospitals in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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UK coronavirus policy places people aged 60-69 at increased risk

22 April 2020

The 7.3 million people in the UK aged between 60 and 69 are at increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.

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Stress in small children separated from their parents may alter genes

14 February 2020

Experts in the emotional needs of small children say increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in babies and small children who are separated from their parents, especially their mothers, could have a long-term genetic impact on future generations.

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Doctors urged to recognise post-antidepressant sexual dysfunction

24 January 2020

A psychiatrist specialising in sexual dysfunction caused by antidepressants is calling for greater recognition of the problems that can endure after treatment stops.

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Doubts raised about effectiveness of HPV vaccines

22 January 2020

A new analysis of the clinical trials of HPV vaccines to prevent cervical cancer raises doubts about the vaccines’ effectiveness.

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