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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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Understanding the crisis in immunisation

There is a story that I tell to students about two men on a train in Africa. One of them is throwing powder out of the window to the bemusement of the other who asks him what he is doing. ‘Throwing powder to keep the …

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Costa Rica Cycle Challenge for The Urology Foundation in November

Early on the morning of 16th November, 41 intrepid riders, including myself, will leave Gatwick bound for Costa Rica to cycle coast-to-coast across central America in order to raise much needed funds for The Urology Foundation (TUF).This will be the seventh charity fundraising cycle ride …

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Time to end e-cigarette naivety

It is with reluctance and a heavy heart that I lift the pen to once more address the vexed issue of electronic cigarettes and public health. The last time I did this was in 2014, when, as President of the Faculty of Public Health, I …

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