News from Nowhere – public health commentary

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

Bulk buying has a slow start A programme of rationalised procurement of commonplace products needed by the NHS is running behind schedule (Nick Carding HSJ 28 July 2017). The aim of the Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) programme is to reduce product and price variation by agreeing deals for a shopping list of products on behalf of all NHS Trusts with a minimal number of suppliers. Products for the NCP are identified by NHS Business Services...

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Science and art merge in new sight exhibition

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Dr Mariya Moosajee, Clinician-Scientist and Consultant Ophthalmologist, will lead visitors on a sensory exploration into the science of the eye in her new exhibition ‘Science of Sight’ at the Science Museum, London. A keen advocate that art can be for everyone, she will include tactile, scent and sound pieces from the BlindArt Collection at Moorfields Eye Hospital A new exhibition will be launched on 8th August 2017 at the Science Museum,...

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Smokers who receive CT lung screening are more likely to quit

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Public Health | 1 comment

Smokers who undergo a CT scan of their lungs are more likely to quit than those who don’t, concludes a trial led by Cardiff University. The findings of the study, looking at the effect of CT screening on smokers at high-risk of developing lung cancer, dispute the belief that a negative screening result offers a ‘licence to smoke’ and reveal that engaging with lung screening can give smokers an opportunity to access smoking cessation support, at...

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A new and improved recipe for nutrition research in the UK

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Nutrition research in the UK needs an urgent boost if it is to provide real benefit to the UK and global populations. The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have responded to a wide-reaching review of nutrition research in the UK with new proposals aimed at revolutionising the field. The Review of Nutrition and Human Health Research, commissioned by the Office of Strategic Coordination for...

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RSPH applauds championing of the arts for health and wellbeing in new parliamentary report

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has warmly welcomed the publication of a new report, ‘Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing’, launched today (19 July 2017) by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW), which illustrates and champions the hugely valuable role the arts can play in supporting health and wellbeing. RSPH provided input and consultation in the delivery of the report, which comes...

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RSPH dismayed by JCVI decision not to give HPV vaccinations to boys

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 1 comment

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has expressed its disappointment and frustration that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has today (19 July 2017) announced its decision not to extend human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations to all adolescent boys. This interim decision precedes a six week consultation period, after which time the decision will be made final unless the JCVI can be persuaded to change its mind....

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Rathbone Greenbank comments on the WHO tobacco report

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Matt Crossman, engagement manager at Rathbone Greenbank Investments, comments: “Ethical investors have long avoided the tobacco sector because of its clear links to premature death and disease. Tobacco companies have consistently demonstrated poor levels of corporate responsibility, often undermining public health bodies through their advertising and messaging. Although tobacco use is a matter of personal choice, and its usage still legal, the...

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