Media Highlights

Friday 25 January

Disabled rights and the poll on assisted dying

Professor Rob George, Consultant Physician in Palliative Care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor of Palliative Care at King’s College London writes in the Times on the Royal College of Physicians and the assisted dying debate.

Why your weight is all down to skinny genes

Professor Tim Spector, Professor of Twins Research and Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, and Professor Thomas Sanders, Professor of Nutrition at King’s College London, commented on a study conducted by the University of Cambridge which assessed people who are inherently thin.  Their comment was reported in the Times, Daily Mail, Guardian, BBC and News Week .

Monday 22 January

Daily dose of aspirin ‘not worth risk’ as study warns of bleeding side-effects

The Telegraph reported on a new study from King’s College London which finds aspirin should not be taken to prevent heart disease unless on doctors’ orders, as the drug ‘substantially’ increases the risk of dangerous bleeds.

Selfie dysmorphia

Professor David Veale, Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust comments on how the ‘selfie’ is accelerating the emergence of body dysmorphia including the number of people in seeking cosmetic surgery. The comment appears in The Guardian.

Sunday 21 January

Chief exec of top mental health to retire

The HSJ ran a story on the news that Matthew Patrick, Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, ‘one of England’s top mental health trusts’, is retiring this summer.

New migraine treatment

Professor Peter Goadsby, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at King’s College London, featured on BBC 1’s The One Show to talk about an effective new treatment for migraines which he is pioneering.

Shared simulation learning for adult and mental health branch students

King’s College London students from adult and mental health nursing have taken part in simulation exercises designed to help them manage patients with co-occurring mental and physical health problems. Learnings from the exercise was published in the Nursing Times.