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The Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) at Imperial College London
In a recent horizon scanning exercise, the School of Public Health recognised the rising importance of self-care as a means to empower patients and support an NHS fit for 21st Century Britain, identifying ‘self-care’ as an important area of academic interes...

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Improving the health of young children in Malawi
The department's  Global eHealth Unit was in Malawi for two weeks as part of the Supporting LIFE project. From October 2016 to January 2017, the Supporting LIFE consortium ran a clinical trial in two districts in Northern Malawi to assess the added value of...

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Addressing polypharmacy in older people
A major challenge for healthcare, particularly for older people, is that patients are ending up on many medicines, termed ‘polypharmacy’. Polypharmacy can be either ‘appropriate’ or ‘problematic.’ With the latter, prescribing professions are traditionally b...

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New 'gene silencer' drug injections reduce cholesterol by 50% in clinical trial
The first in a new class of gene-silencing drugs, known as inclisiran, has halved cholesterol levels in patients at risk of cardiovascular disease. The findings come from the largest trial yet to test the safety and effectiveness of this kind of therapy. Th...

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Gender identity and the management of the transgender patient: a guide for non-specialists
A recent article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine discusses the management of transgender patient. Transgender people, whose gender identities, expressions or behaviours differ from those predicted by their sex assigned at birth, ar...

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National rules are needed about restriction of NHS prescriptions for drugs available over the counter
A recent news article in the BMJ   reported that many clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England are trying to restrict NHS prescriptions for drugs that are also available over the counter (OTC). This would include, for example, drugs such as antihista...

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Interview with the British Medical Journal
I was interviewed recently for the 'Observations' section of the BMJ . What was your earliest ambition? As a boy I was keen to be a pilot. My poor eyesight put an end to that ambition. Who has been your biggest inspiration? Two of my former consultants, Jam...

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