Coronavirus: are we at the beginning of a major pandemic?

The origin of the current coronavirus epidemic has been linked to illegally traded wildlife at Wuhan’s ‘wet’ seafood market, which sells live animals including bats, rabbits and marmots. However, the exact source of the outbreak has not been identified, although it has been suggested that …

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Do retired surgeons express regrets about their career?

A recently published study has evaluated the reflections of retired surgeons in North America on their life and career. Their results reveal that more than half (52.4%) of retired surgeons wish they had done things differently in the past. The most common (762 of 1233 …

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NHS staff: please enter password…

5 minutes and 30 seconds: the time it took this morning for me to turn on my computer and have open all the applications required to start my clinic. This process required six different passwords, producing the mounting frustration that is now an inevitable start …

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Regular exercise for 2020

New Year resolutions are a great way to kick-start living a healthier life after all the excesses of the festive season, whether it’s quitting smoking, reducing alcohol, eating better, or doing more exercise. But two weeks into 2020 those well-intentioned resolutions start to feel a …

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Wishing you a vegetarian New Year

The term ‘vegan’ was first coined by Donald Watson in 1944, when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England. It was first intended to refer to a ‘non-dairy vegetarian’, but by 1945 its remit had expanded to also include the abstinence of consuming eggs and …

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I’m dreaming of an eco-Christmas!

This week, much to Donald Trump’s dismay, but to many younger peoples’ delight, the 16-year-old Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine’s person of the year – the youngest person to receive the award since it was created in 1927. Bearing this in mind, along with the …

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Setting a standard for place and health

As the old saw has it: ‘an epidemiologist is a man or woman broken down by age and sex’; to which one should add ‘time, place and person’. Of these, the focus on place has a history dating back to Hippocrates, who in his treatise …

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Join the TUF Trek to Machu Picchu: 18th–27th September, 2020

To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, The Urology Foundation (TUF) is undertaking a fundraising trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. The Ancascocha Trek (often called the ‘Super Inca Trail’ or the ‘Hidden Inca Trail’), is a challenging trail, and a less travelled but more rewarding path …

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Are we doing enough to encourage future surgeons?

Historically, a career in surgery has a notorious reputation, with anecdotes of long hours, difficult bosses and competitive hurdles. Yet there is still much appeal; perhaps due to the desire to master those surgical skills and the optimism of becoming a surgical consultant – especially …

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Should the NHS be used as a political football?

As the election campaign continues, Downing Street has taken emergency action to head off winter pressures in the NHS amid growing fears in government that a healthcare crisis could derail the Tory party’s general election campaign.
According to reports, the Prime Minister has been holding regular …

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