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Flu vaccination: Toronto hospitals cannot implement staff “vaccinate or mask” policy, says ruling

Vie, 14/09/2018 - 14:15
A group of hospitals in Toronto, Canada, must abandon a policy of forcing healthcare workers to wear surgical masks during the flu season if they have not received the vaccine, an arbitrator has...

Nutritional aspects of cannibalism and other pieces of odd research win Ig Nobel prizes

Vie, 14/09/2018 - 12:56
Cannibalism isn’t very nutritious, roller coasters can remove kidney stones, self colonoscopy is a useful idea, postage stamps can evaluate nocturnal penile erections, human saliva is a good cleaning...

Michael John Leverton

Vie, 14/09/2018 - 12:50
bmj;362/sep14_4/k3924/FAF1faBrought up on the Nottingham-Derbyshire border, Michael John Leverton (“Mick”) was educated at Worksop College before studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and St...

Barney Carroll: the conscience of psychiatry

Vie, 14/09/2018 - 12:15
bmj;362/sep14_3/k3916/FAF1faCredit: Duke UniversityA pioneer in biological psychiatry, more recently Bernard Carroll (‘‘Barney’’) became a withering critic of its compromised ethics and corruption by...

Ireland’s cervical cancer screening system was “doomed to fail,” inquiry finds

Jue, 13/09/2018 - 12:50
The system for cervical cancer screening in Ireland was “doomed to fail at some point” and had problems that were “redolent of a whole system failure,” an independent inquiry has concluded.1The...

Marketing e-cigarettes to kids has created an “epidemic” in US, says FDA chief

Jue, 13/09/2018 - 12:25
“Nicotine isn’t a benign substance,” particularly when it comes to children and the developing brain, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb, said in a speech to his...

GP at Hand: NHS England upholds CCG’s obȷection to planned Birmingham expansion

Jue, 13/09/2018 - 11:50
NHS England has upheld an objection by clinical commissioners to a request from GP at Hand to subcontract its digital service from London to Birmingham, citing concerns about how patients will access...

Seven days in medicine: 5-11 September 2018

Jue, 13/09/2018 - 10:11
RadiologyCost of outsourcing NHS scans rises by a thirdThe NHS spent £116m (€130m; $151m) on outsourcing patient scans in 2017, up 32% from 2016, the Royal College of Radiologists reported. The...

Role model: Hugh Herzig

Jue, 13/09/2018 - 10:06
Throughout his career, Hugh Herzig has valued the access that his work gives him to his patients’ thoughts and feelings.“I sit down with people and within a couple of sentences we’re talking about...

Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration

Jue, 13/09/2018 - 10:01
The recent Supreme Court judgment given by Lady Black1 removed the requirement to obtain legal sanction for every decision to withdraw clinically assisted nutrition and hydration from people who lack...

CQC: Trusts must do more to protect mental health patients from sexual abuse

Mar, 11/09/2018 - 01:30
New national guidance is needed to improve the sexual safety of patients in mental health wards, the health and social care regulator for England has said, after finding that distressing sexual...

Rationing policy will do far more harm than good

Lun, 10/09/2018 - 17:45
NHS England’s list of restricted procedures normalises denying patients effective treatments.1 Shifting between pretexts of “clinically obsolete” and “too expensive,” it is the antithesis of a...

NHS staff get online service to voice concerns about working conditions

Lun, 10/09/2018 - 16:36
NHS staff in England will be able to voice concerns and air their frustrations about working conditions through a new online service launched by the government this week.The Department of Health and...

Hancock’s digital revolution

Lun, 10/09/2018 - 15:35
“It is an immediate priority of mine to sort out the technology of the NHS and social care systems. I really care about this.”These were the words of England’s bright eyed and bushy tailed new...

Patients should not be denied access to hip surgery

Lun, 10/09/2018 - 12:40
Patients having to apply for exceptional funding when referred for hip surgery, which is increasingly refused, is concerning.1Although many patients with hip arthritis are successfully managed...

Microwave weapon caused syndrome in diplomats in Cuba, US medical team believes

Lun, 10/09/2018 - 10:56
A directional microwave weapon was the most likely cause of debilitating neurological symptoms reported by US diplomats in Cuba who heard strange, unexplained sounds at the onset of their symptoms,...

New NHS app will let patients book GP appointments on mobiles

Vie, 07/09/2018 - 16:35
The NHS is piloting an app that will enable patients in England to book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions, and view their medical records on their mobile phone or tablet, the health and...

Seven days in medicine: 29 August to 4 September 2018

Vie, 07/09/2018 - 13:35
Patient safetyReview into baby deaths could be widened after more families come forwardThe scope of an independent inquiry into a series of deaths of babies at an NHS trust could be widened after...

US hospitals launch non-profit generic drug producer to counter rising prices

Vie, 07/09/2018 - 13:26
Several American healthcare systems have joined forces to form a new non-profit pharmaceutical company to counter price gouging and scarcity of generic drugs by increasing their supply.Civica Rx was...

UK medical students should be taught how to manage unwanted pregnancy

Vie, 07/09/2018 - 12:46
I thank Goldbeck-Wood and colleagues for their article calling for the UK government to update the UK’s abortion laws.1 As a medical student, I am concerned that induced abortion is covered only in...