Thought for the day: a schoolfriend’s untimely death highlights the importance of choice to our dying day

A dear schoolfriend of mine, Sara, will be laid to rest today. We found each other on Facebook three years ago after a 30 year hiatus. I enjoyed our mutual 'likes' of one another's quirky musings, the various photographs of holidays and birthdays, and the occasional sharing of news about our respective families.  I had... Continue Reading →

A good dose of public insight is needed to help the medicine go down – new @acmedsci report! #evidence

It's all over the media today...... Only about one third of the British public say they trust the evidence derived from medical research. Confronted with media hype, claim versus counter-claim, a paucity of good quality accessible information and time-short GPs, and with few reliable tools to help them, patients are struggling to make sense of... Continue Reading →

Mary Poppins no longer has the answers in medicine – for either doctor or patient 

It is said that when Robert Sherman sat down to write 'A Spoonful of Sugar' he was inspired by his children's tale of being given their polio vaccine on a sugar cube. The iconic song from Mary Poppins, lyrically captures a moment in time when the relationship between society, medicine and research was a more... Continue Reading →

It’s a personal thing: You say stratified medicine and I say…

The UK Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) does not do hyperbole.  This is a good thing considering the histrionics that usually accompanies discussion about stratified medicine. AMS brought out its long-awaited report on stratified medicine on Friday entitled 'Realising the potential of stratified medicine.' It's straight-laced approach to the subject matter means it failed to... Continue Reading →

Second Reading of the Health and Social Care Bill: An open letter to MPs

Dear Member of Parliament, This afternoon the Health and Social Care Bill will recieve its Second Reading in the House of Commons.  The legislation sets out a far-reaching programme for reforming the NHS and the provision of patient care.  The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and its 127 member charities believe that high quality... Continue Reading →

Regulating research – Blakemore/Deer comment pieces + AMRC background

Ahead of next week's Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) much anticipated report on medical research regulation I see  The Times and Sunday Times (both paywall) have published pieces this weekend by scientist Professor Colin Blakemore and journalist Brian Deer respectively, offering different perspectives on the issue of regulation. If you are looking for further background on... Continue Reading →

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