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David Payne: Can higher education help protect against dementia?

2 Sep, 15 | by BMJ Group

David Payne2In 2001 Tony Blair’s bid for a second term as UK prime minister included a pledge to make “education, education, education” top priority for the Labour party, with a follow up target to get 50% of  students entering higher education. Critics of Labour dismissed the figure as arbitrary and meaningless. But might the policy help protect some people from developing dementia? more…

The BMJ Today: A digital day for The BMJ

13 Aug, 15 | by BMJ Group

wifi• Should all NHS premises provide free access to wi-fi?

Yes, argues Victoria Betton in a head to head article published today. Betton, mHabitat programme director at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, says the advantages of free wi-fi in healthcare settings in an increasingly digitised world make sense, facilitating more patient activation and engagement. Grant Ingrams disagrees. Ingrams, deputy chair of the BMA’s IT subcommittee, describes it as “an unaffordable luxury that would also adversely affect the relationship between the NHS and its staff, patients, and the wider public.” Where do you stand? If you’re in the UK, vote yes or no in our homepage poll. more…

The BMJ Today: Drug company payments, compassion, and patient centredness

10 Aug, 15 | by BMJ

money_referralsShould doctors be forced to disclose payments and hospitality from drug companies? The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry plans to bring in a system where healthcare professionals voluntarily declare payments and hospitality received from drug companies.

The issue is the subject of our latest online poll, which, at the time of writing, has almost 85% of readers agreeing. One reader thinks that The BMJ could be more open about its own acceptance of pharma cash.

“It does seem rather ironic that whilst viewing this article online, the text is surrounded by adverts promoting medical products! Does The BMJ not need to consider its own position?” writes obstetrician Malcolm Griffiths in a response to the article. more…

David Payne: Remembering 7/7 ten years on

1 Jul, 15 | by BMJ

IMG_1656Outside BMA House a solitary bunch of purple stocks hangs from the railings, alongside the memorial plaque to victims of the Tavistock Square suicide bomb attack on a London bus 10 years ago.

As passers-by stop to read the names of the dead, inside the building survivors of the blast, along with bereaved friends and family, join members of the emergency services for the annual 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust lecture. more…

The BMJ Today: “Rapid responses are wonderful”

1 Jun, 15 | by BMJ Group

20yrsonlineMichael Stone praises The BMJ’s article based post publication peer review in a weekend rapid response to my feature marking the 20th anniversary of the journal’s website last week. They “allow for an almost immediate analysis of “intricate and technical issues” which arise from the original paper,” he writes, adding: “It is possible to effectively “debate a point almost in real time with another individual.” His conclusion? “Rapid responses are wonderful.” more…

David Payne at Health 2:0 Europe 2015

20 May, 15 | by BMJ Group

logo_conferencia_bcn_okIs the Uber minicab model fit for healthcare? Why are doctors terrible digital adopters? And can the medical workforce benefit from using applications which promise virtual doctors on demand?

These questions and others were debated at day 1 of technology conference Health 2:0, an annual event which profiles “international innovation in patient-provider communication, consumer health, data analytics, and more.” more…

David Payne: Top nurses with a tamed Hound

5 May, 15 | by BMJ Group

IMG_1426Spare a thought for the comedian asked to host a professional awards ceremony within a week of the UK general election.

Oliver Reed lookalike Rufus Hound (pictured) showed all the signs of having his comic wings clipped as he took to the podium at London’s Savoy Hotel last week to present the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.

This was not a night of hellraising. Instead Hound ploughed a politics-free furrow in a compering gig that was interspersed with references to the vital work carried out by nurses, midwives, and health visitors.  At times, in fact, he almost sounded like a politician. more…

The BMJ Today: Watch, read, listen, do

27 Apr, 15 | by BMJ

If you watch one thing today . . . 

ward_examinationSee the two video clips embedded in the “Comptetent Novice” paper “A quick ward assessment of older patients by junior doctors,” and see if you agree with the weekend response posted by Birmingham doctor Yousuf Ansari.

If you listen to one thing today . . . 

health_debate copyThe roundtable podcast debate, held after last week’s live health hustings in London, provides an analysis of the four main UK parties’ health policies in the forthcoming general election. Read all our general election coverage at bmj.co/election more…

David Payne at WIRED Health 2015

24 Apr, 15 | by BMJ Group

David Payne29.20am: I’m in London at WIRED Health 2015, “exploring the future of healthcare.” Already I’ve bumped into a would-be investor and I’ve just had  a “power shot” of grapefruit juice spiked with chili. Now I’m browsing the exhibitor stands, which includes live demo of the elegant cream leather Tao chair which, according to its inventor and Tao Wellness CEO Viktor Kalvachev and its promotional blurb, is an “invisible gym in your living room” enabling me to work out different muscle groups while I sit at home. more…

The BMJ Today: History lessons

25 Mar, 15 | by BMJ

ThinkstockPhotos-465117786• In 1938 New Zealand created a national health system, coining the term “from cradle to grave,” and showing the British government what was possible.

More recently, the country repealed its unsuccessful, competition based health legislation.

As it is now hard to find anyone in England who believes that the 2012 Health and Social Care Act was a good idea: Can New Zealand again offer lessons for England? more…

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