RCGP council 27/2/15

I spoke about – ensuring that the minutes of the last Council meeting reflected the fact that potential conflicts of interest in the authors of the Inquiry into Patient Centred Care in the 21st century report was noted -that GPs had to be able to lead in deciding what  their own learning needs are rather […]

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Preventicum and the ASA

Preventicum decided not to go to ASA council and have agreed to amend their adverts.   Because it’s informally resolved, the public don’t get to know what they have been told to change.   So here it is: they are no longer allowed to say that their non evidence based screening tests offer the “highest […]

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Young people drinking/smoking – and not

ONS survey http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/ghs/opinions-and-lifestyle-survey/adult-drinking-habits-in-great-britain–2013/stb-drinking-2013.html#tab-Key-points-in-2013- Institute of Alcohol studies information on recorded alcohol consumption http://www.ias.org.uk/Alcohol-knowledge-centre/Consumption/Factsheets/Total-consumption-in-the-UK.aspx Joseph Rowntree Foundation http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/young-people-drinking-choices-summary.pdf Smoking and adults http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_328041.pdf from HSCIC http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB11454/smok-eng-2013-rep.pdf ASH figures for 15 year olds http://ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_106.pdf PHE/NICE figures for smoking and young people http://localhealth.org.uk/#l=en;v=map4

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social media and vaccination

Social media and health messages https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270903628_Reexamining_Health_Messages_in_the_Digital_Age_A_Fresh_Look_at_Source_Credibility_Effects ECDC on social media, vaccination, trust http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications/Publications/TER-Immunisation-and-trust.pdf WHO on dealing with ‘vaccine hesitancy’ http://www.who.int/immunization/sage/meetings/2014/october/3_SAGE_WG_Strategies_addressing_vaccine_hesitancy_2014.pdf Interesting on web 2.0 opportunities and threats http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22172504 on social media and information http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25413375 ‘new’ (2012) ‘reasons’ for not giving MMR in the UK http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X11020883 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X12002083

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Boilers on prescription/anticholinergic side effects – Inside Health 27/1/15

cold weather warning from Public Health England – average temperatures to drop to 2 degrees or below. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/phe-issues-cold-weather-alert Boiler on Prescription Report – The story so far (1) EvaluationofWarmFrontScheme Local action on fuel inequalities – cold home related fuel problems    Papers of note http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935102000099 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24602854 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21764645 “There was a fundamental belief that residents in […]

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