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Many of you will be busy preparing for that important next job. Your next step will be to think about and prepare for upcoming job interviews. Regardless of the stage of training that you are at, it’s important to revisit and brush up on those interview skills. We published a blog on the job interview…

We are still in love with vitamins a century after they were discovered, with half the US and UK population taking a supplement. Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – is the favourite and is believed to have the most proven benefits. Governments, including the UK government, have said that the evidence…

Sensational and misleading headlines are common as clickbait on online media hungry for click-throughs for advertising revenue. However, it is very disturbing when this occurs in medical publications where a higher standard of ethics should apply. The headline 'Vaping, nicotine patch linked to cot death'…

Once a year, inspectors visit hospitals across the country to assess their performance on a range of measures, from medication safety to consumer engagement. But it’s not a secret shopper-type scenario. Hospital staff have known for months when the inspectors will arrive and what they will be looking…

Over the past few decades, our understanding of cancer has changed. We now know some cancers don’t grow or grow so slowly that they’ll never cause medical problems. But the way we label disease can harm. The use of more medicalised labels, including cancer, can increase levels of anxiety and the…

  As we have seen in dozens of countries in the Northern Hemisphere, it has been an extreme summer of heat. Scorching temperatures have triggered devastation in North America, the Arctic, Africa and Europe.  In Japan 125 people have died while 57,000 people were hospitalised with heat-related…

Imagine you’ve recently had a heart attack. You’re a lucky survivor. You’ve received high-quality care from nurses and doctors whilst in hospital and you’re now preparing to go home with the support of your family. The doctors have made it clear that the situation is grim. It’s a case of:…

  The link between gut microbes and health is now well established. As a result, researchers have been investigating the effects of probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics on various diseases. Worryingly, though, they haven’t been reporting on the safety of these treatments – as one would for…

  The recent release of specialist outpatient waiting times by the new South Australian government caused outrage when it was revealed some patients had been waiting more than 16 years for an appointment. This is not a new problem. A 2000 Senate Committee Report cited consumer concerns about long…

  A visit to family in Glasgow for Christmas in 2015 nearly had a tragic ending for me. Two days earlier I had been repairing the lock on my garden gate, when I scratched my hand on a nail. By the time I arrived in Glasgow I was feeling unwell. Twenty-four hours later I was in University Hospital…