Evlyn Forsyth-Muris

Science

Trainee surgeons lack understanding of the ‘real world’

Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London, recently made comments on the latest generation of surgical trainees. He said that a rise of screen exposure and a decline in hands-on subjects at school was resulting in surgical students showing a reduced physical understanding of the world. One suggestion to regain these skills…

Film

Pride: A movie of revolution

Pride, a 2014 adaptation of the true story of UK gay activists supporting the miners’ strike in 1984, follows LGSM – lesbians and gays support the miners – as they raise money for the strike, yet struggle to find a union to accept the money due to rampant homophobia. The film manages to explore two…

TV

Women, power, and reality

The BBC’s recent hit drama Bodyguard received mostly praise for its thrilling plot, but there was significant backlash online over the noticeable number of women cast in roles of power and skill. Some were grateful for the show’s female representation, but most were unhappy, either proclaiming political correctness gone mad or simply stating it was…

Science

UK flour to be fortified with folic acid

On the 14 October 2018 it was reported that government ministers would support a plan to fortify flour in the UK with folic acid in the coming weeks. However, on the 23 October it was then announced that the government would launch a consultation into the fortification of flour with folic acid in early 2019….

Science

Continuity of care saves lives

A recent paper published in the BMJ collated data from 22 studies and found that contact with the same doctor reduced mortality rates. Of the 22 studies, 18 found a statistically significant reduction in mortality with an increase in continuity of care (repeated contact between a patient and a particular doctor). Whilst all four studies…

Science

Regular heatwaves: a hazard to health

7,000 more people could die per year due to increased temperatures by 2050, says a new report by the Health Protection Agency. It found that if no changes are made there could be a rise of 257% in heat-related deaths. So should we be worried? Well, the study found that London, the Midlands and the east…

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