Genetic study of epilepsy points to potential new therapies
(RCSI) The largest study of its kind, led by international researchers including scientists at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy. The research is published in today's issue of Nature Communications. It greatly advances knowledge of the underlying biological causes of epilepsy and may inform the development of new treatments for the condition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Robots controlled by healthcare assistants will soon be delivering babies by C-section
The Commission on the Future of Surgery, led by the UK's Royal College of Surgeons, said new robots and DNA medicine will bring a 'watershed moment' for healthcare within the next 20 years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCSI research reveals that 1 in 4 suicide attempts are associated with perceptual difficulties
(RCSI) Researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) have revealed that one quarter of suicide attempts are associated with dysfunction in how the brain interprets basic perceptual information, such as what we see, hear and think. The research shows that this dysfunction can predict suicidal behavior, and offers new prospects for treatment and suicide prevention. The research has today been published in JAMA Psychiatry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

RCSI announces project to remove contaminants from water in India
(RCSI) Researchers based at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) are leading a € 4.97 million project that will remove contaminants from wastewater and drinking water. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 26, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

RCS: Outsourcing surgery damages training
The transfer of a “substantial volume” of NHS work to the independent sector has “negatively impacted” surgical trainees, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Almost one in three knee operations and one in five hip replacements are done privately
The Royal College of Surgeons warned the growing number of operations being carried out outside of NHS hospitals means young surgeons are not getting the experience they need. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fitbit fad is putting extra pressure on the NHS as healthy people are being unduly alarmed
Trendy new gadgets, such as Fitbit exercise monitors, personalised DNA tests and sophisticated health apps, could ‘overwhelm’ people with health data, says the Royal College of Surgeons. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP practices to expect surge in tech hypochondriacs, warns leading surgeon
GP practices and A&E departments will‘undoubtedly see’ a growing number of patients concerned over what health data means for them.  Mr Richard Kerr, chair of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Commission on the Future of Surgery has warned that the increased availability of new technologies such as wearable health devices and sensor will leave more patients alarmed over the data collected. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 14, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Fitbit fad is putting extra pressure on the NHS as healthy people are being unduly alarmed
Trendy new gadgets, such as Fitbit exercise monitors, personalised DNA tests and sophisticated health apps, could ‘overwhelm’ people with health data, says the Royal College of Surgeons. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shapiro Selected as Honorary Fellow by Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Jo Shapiro, MD, director of the BWH Center for Professional and Peer Support and of the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). This fellowship is the hig (Source: BWH News)
Source: BWH News - August 14, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Ireland suspends transvaginal mesh procedures
Earlier this week, Ireland temporarily suspended all procedures using transvaginal mesh devices to treat stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse at Health Service Executive funded hospitals, according to a government release from the country. Minister for Health Simon Harris announced the pause, saying that the Department Chief Medical Officer requested the pause in use of the devices following a review by the Dept. of Health, HSE and the country’s Health Products Regulatory Agency. The suspension is set to stay in place “until a set of conditions to mitigate the risks of injury are met,” acc...
Source: Mass Device - July 26, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health Source Type: news

UK's top surgeon calls for new procedures to undergo clinical trials
Prof Derek Alderson says innovations should be backed by evidence before use on NHSNHS at 70: all our anniversary coverage in one placeBritain ’s most eminent surgeon has called for new surgical procedures and implants to be tested in clinical trials before being made routinely available on the NHS.Prof Derek Alderson, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said the benefits of surgical innovations must “absolutely, unequivocally” be backed by evidence, either through randomised controlled trials or official registries designed to track patient outcomes. The move would bring surgical innovation m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: NHS Medical research Health Science Society UK news Source Type: news

'Winter pressures' affecting progression of trainee surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons has received concerns from trainees about the impact of pressures on elective surgery over the winter. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Royal college backs Hunt bid to improve private sector safety
The Royal College of Surgeons has backed the health and social care secretary’s bid to improve patient safety in private sector hospitals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Royal college to review trust’s specialist service after never events
The Royal College of Surgeons has been asked to review a trust’s specialist service following never events and concerns over staff culture. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Royal college raises alarm over critical care beds shortage
The Royal College of Surgeons has warned there may be too few critical care beds in England to cope with demand. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Why Doctors Are Using Snapchat Glasses in Operating Rooms
Shafi Ahmed dons a pair of digital sunglasses and explains how the tiny lenses built into its black plastic frame, which can capture high-resolution images, are transforming how doctors get trained in operating rooms. The British colorectal surgeon used Snap Inc.’s high-tech spectacles a year ago to walk rookie physicians and millions of curious viewers through a hernia operation using the Snapchat photo-sharing app. In 2018, he plans to beam his avatar into operating rooms with so-called immersive technology, which spans everything from military training to adult entertainment, and promises to support the next gener...
Source: TIME: Health - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg healthytime medicine onetime Virtual Reality Source Type: news

Why Doctors Are Using Snapchat Glasses in Operating Rooms
Shafi Ahmed dons a pair of digital sunglasses and explains how the tiny lenses built into its black plastic frame, which can capture high-resolution images, are transforming how doctors get trained in operating rooms. The British colorectal surgeon used Snap Inc.’s high-tech spectacles a year ago to walk rookie physicians and millions of curious viewers through a hernia operation using the Snapchat photo-sharing app. In 2018, he plans to beam his avatar into operating rooms with so-called immersive technology, which spans everything from military training to adult entertainment, and promises to support the next gener...
Source: TIME: Science - January 25, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg healthytime medicine onetime Virtual Reality Source Type: news

What Exactly Motivates and Retains Health Workers —and How Do We Measure It?
November 16, 2017The quirks, preferences, and priorities that drive our decisions are tough to nail down.Human beings do weird things sometimes.Or maybe the things we do as individuals onlyseem weird to others because they don ’t know our particular quirks, preferences, and priorities. Think about it: Why do you live where you live? How did you choose your job? What makes you go back to work day after day? The answers are different for us all.Maybe we want to live close to our family. Maybe we love the city life, or our hometown is the only place we want to live. Or maybe we choose our jobs based on what pays the bes...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Could chicken fed omega 3 cut risk of a heart attack?
The world-first clinical trial was carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on behalf of Belfast-based farming and food company Devenish. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS will face a 'winter of woe', surgeons warn
The Royal College of Surgeons said hospitals and local authorities need to improve the handover of patients. A total of 181,692 'bed days' were lost to delayed discharges in July. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sudan: England Approves Evaluation of Surgical Training of Council of Medical Specialties
[SNA] Khartoum -The meeting held between the delegation of the Sudanese Medical Association in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Council of Sudanese Medical Specialties at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, has approved that the Royal College of Surgeons of England would evaluate the surgical training programs at the Council of Sudanese Medical Specialties to ensure that they are adapted to similar programs worldwide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 30, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Improving the working environment for safe surgical care
A paper from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh makes recommendations to government to improve safety in the delivery of surgical treatment and patient care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 8, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS funding squeeze 'making it harder to access hip and knee surgery'
People witharthritis and other joint health problems are finding it increasingly difficult to access surgical treatment due to the current squeeze on NHS funding. This is according to a new investigation by the British Medical Journal, which has indicated that hospitals are having to apply for exceptional funding for an increasingly wide range of treatments, as many procedures that were once considered to be routine are no longer being funded as standard. Growing limitations on routine surgical procedures Data collected for the report under a freedom of information request show that doctors had to make 73,900 individual fu...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 5, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Average hospital bed occupancy rate for 2017 sits at 92%
The 'exceptionally worrying' findings, based on NHS England figures, depict the true horror of the bed shortage across the country, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS hospitals 'misusing pain scoring tools to restrict access to joint surgery'
NHS patients in England may be being inappropriately denied access to hip and knee surgery due to the use ofpain scoring tools as a means of determining eligibility for treatment. New data, shared with the Health Service Journal by the UK Orthopaedics Industry Group, has indicated that at least ten per cent of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England are using unproven scoring tools to restrict access to orthopaedic surgery, despite a lack of regulatory authorisation to do so. Inappropriate use of pain scoring tools Pain scoring tools such as the Oxford hip and knee scoring system and the New Zealand scoring sys...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - April 10, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Babies having rotten teeth removed before FIRST birthday
Royal College of Surgeons report says extractions among under-fives in England rose from 7,444 in 2006/7 to 9,206 in 2015/16. Forty-seven infants under the age of one had had teeth removed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS England urged to review bed capacity to prevent further deaths
THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS has called on NHS England to carry out a review of beds after two patients died because of delays and doctors were left to try to "broker a deal" between hospitals. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS England urged to review bed capacity after surgery delay deaths
The Royal College of Surgeons has called on NHS England to carry out a review of critical care bed capacity after two patients died because of delays receiving surgery and poor referral practices between hospitals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospital appointments: RCS warning over waiting lists
The Royal College of Surgeons warns that patients in NI are waiting too long for surgery. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgeons idle for days because of NHS bed crisis
The Royal College of Surgeons said its members are spending 12-hour shifts unable to do their job as thousands of operations are cancelled because there are no beds available. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eligibility for hip and knee replacement 'could become more restricted'
People with joint conditions in three regions could soon find it more difficult to get access to knee andhip replacement surgery, due to planned changes in eligibility criteria. The choice by three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to explore the idea has attracted criticism, as some believe this may suggest that CCGs are looking to change the scoring system used to decide which patients are suitable for these operations. As reported by the Health Service Journal, the Redditch and Bromsgrove, South Worcestershire, and Wyre Forest CCGs - all based in the West Midlands - are planning a reduction in the Oxford hip and knee...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 27, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

'No justification' for CCGs' rationing, says royal college
The Royal College of Surgeons has said there is “no clinical justification” for three CCGs’ plan to greatly reduce eligibility for knee and hip replacements, which could save £2m a year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCS urges surgeons to apply for cosmetic surgery certification to improve patient safety
The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) is launching a new system of certification which will make the cosmetic surgery industry safer for patients and enhance the reputation of the profession. The RCS is urging all surgeons who perform cosmetic surgical procedures to apply for certification. The new certification system will help patients to identify a surgeon with the appropriate training and experience to perform a specific procedure, in different parts of the country. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors warn over cancer op cancellations amid NHS "pressure"
The Royal College of Surgeons says the NHS in England is facing "tremendous pressure" this winter. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brexit could help us make the NHS safer say leading surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons says leaving the EU will enable watchdogs to impose stricter language tests on foreign doctors and tighter controls on medical devices. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Engagement with Impact
This article is extracted from  Trends in Medical Affairs. To download the magazine, click here. Sources:   1.  Figure derived from the MSLA Conference based on attendee feedback.   Related Content: The Changing Face of Medical AffairsBring Patients to the Center of Medical Research: Discover the Real Opportunity of a Connected WorldRWE: from the medical point of viewLearning to Trust: with Murray Stewart, CMO at GSKPrimary Event: eyeforpharma Medical AffairsPr écis: Medical Science Liasions need more than just scientific acumen to get the message across.Premiu...
Source: EyeForPharma - December 5, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Deirdre Coleman Source Type: news

Engagement with Impact
This article is extracted from  Trends in Medical Affairs. To download the magazine, click here. Sources:   1.  Figure derived from the MSLA Conference based on attendee feedback.   Related Content: The Changing Face of Medical AffairsBring Patients to the Center of Medical Research: Discover the Real Opportunity of a Connected WorldRWE: from the medical point of viewLearning to Trust: with Murray Stewart, CMO at GSKPrimary Event: eyeforpharma Medical AffairsPr écis: Medical Science Liasions need more than just scientific acumen to get the message across.Premiu...
Source: EyeForPharma - December 5, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Deirdre Coleman Source Type: news

Holograms replacing cadavers in training for doctors
Royal College of Surgeons explores 3D hologram headsets and other hi-tech devices to replace cadaver-based tuitionSurgeons are embracing technology ’s cutting edge, using the latest in augmented, virtual andmixed reality to transform medical training.Related:How virtual reality is changing the game in healthcareContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 17, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Doctors Virtual reality 3D Medical research Google Glass Technology Hospitals Science Health Society UK news Source Type: news

Online register of cosmetic surgeons to be created to stop cowboy clinics
The register is being drawn up by the Royal College of Surgeons amid fears rogue clinics are using aggressive sales tactics. It aims to allow customers to find qualified doctors by postcode. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cosmetic surgery check-list for patients
The Royal College of Surgeons is offering patients seeking cosmetic surgery practical advice about how to pick the right hospital and doctor. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chemists develop 3D bone-scanning technique
Chemists at Trinity College Dublin created a 3D bone-scanning technique that does not expose patients to radiation. The team attached a luminescent tag to tiny, gold structures called nanoagents. The particles seek out micro-cracks in bones and adhere to the calcium-rich surface. Using magnetic resonance imaging, the luminescent molecules light up and produce a 3D, high-resolution image of the bone. The study appeared in the journal Chem, according to the university. The project is a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons. Micro-cracks in bones can occur from ev...
Source: Mass Device - September 12, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Imaging Orthopedics Research & Development Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Trinity College Dublin Source Type: news

Avoiding unconscious bias: a guide for surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons has published a guide to make surgeons aware of the dangers of unconscious bias and to take action to avoid it. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 9, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Secret ginger gene' may increase skin cancer risk for millions
Conclusion The study adds more weight to the importance of using sun protection to avoid skin cancer. We already know that people with red hair and freckles who burn easily are at increased risk of skin cancer. This study suggests other people may also have a higher risk, without knowing it. Taking sensible sun protection measures makes good sense for everyone. The findings are also useful for researchers, as they add to our understanding about how certain genetic traits affect the development of skin cancer. If DNA repair is reduced in people with some gene variants, sun damage may not be the only thing affecting th...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

Getting into Medical School: Perspective on Unexpected Support
By Dr. Robert Marion People believe that the process of becoming a physician is the natural reward for those who have an aptitude in science and a willingness to work hard. For many of us, however, it's not always that easy. Along the way to realizing our dream, some of us wind up hitting a pothole or two. When this happens, help may be needed. Sometimes that help can come from an unusual source. I met Alex Novikoff in the men's room on the fifth floor of the Ullmann Building at Albert Einstein College of Medicine on a warm afternoon in early June 1974, while pursuing summer research in the department...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exciting New Partnership: the Journal of Comorbidity affiliates with the Society for Academic Primary Care
The Journal of Comorbidity (JOC), published by Swiss Medical Press, is pleased to announce a new affiliation with the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC). The partnership is a key step in strengthening collaborations and enhancing opportunities among primary care professionals with an interest in comorbidity and multimorbidity. “The partnership with JOC comes at a historic time,” commented Dr. Joanne Protheroe, Keele University Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, and Treasurer of SAPC. “Multimorbidity is now the norm, not the exception, and increased knowledge, research and guidance on th...
Source: News from STM - July 4, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: European Featured Source Type: news

Office 'cake culture' is fuelling obesity and rotting our teeth
Workers should bring fruit platters into the office instead of doughnuts, cookies and biscuits, advises Professor Nigel Hunt of the Royal College of Surgeons. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smokers and overweight patients: soft targets for NHS savings?
The practice of restricting surgery on the basis of weight or smoking status has become widespread, according to the Royal College of Surgeons, which has published a report criticising the commissioning policies of CCGs in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 27, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Three million refused NHS ops for smoking or being too fat
One in eight trusts will not fund these operations for smokers, instead offering them nicotine gum, patches and advice on how to quit, according to the Royal College of Surgeons (file photo). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Professional standards for cosmetic surgery
The Royal College of Surgeons has updated its professional standards for the cosmetic surgery industry and is calling for a new law to protect patients. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 18, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news