Archive for August, 2009

Childhood obesity – prevention is better than cure

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I fully support this article by Sustrans Cymru. To maintain good health and keep obesity at bay and other serious illnesses in later life, it is recommended that children have at least 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day, such as brisk walking, running, or cycling. But, research suggests that currently only around half of [...]

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Revalidation in Wales

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Just to make you aware of a revalidation event which BMA Cymru Wales is organising, to be held in Cardiff on October 21st 2009. Chairman of the General Medical Council, Professor Peter Rubin will be speaking at the event and wants to hear doctors’ views about how revalidation should be implemented in Wales. This event [...]

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Chairman of Welsh Council Invites Questions

Monday, August 24th, 2009

The Welsh Secretary’s blog is part of a wide range of social media initiatives to ensure communication with our members is as accessible and wide-ranging as possible. While trying to keep our members and anyone else who reads this blog up to date with current activities, hot topics and general policy position of BMA Cymru [...]

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Local authority continues to put profit before health

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I have some serious concerns to share on here about the conduct of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, in particular, the way in which it appears to be dragging its feet over the removal of sunbeds in three of its leisure centres across the county. Back in May, a Vale Scrutiny Committee recommended in a [...]

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Juniors affected by exams mix up need our support

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

This really is an awful situation that these four young people are currently faced with and it’s very difficult to imagine how they must be feeling right now. That’s why BMA Cymru Wales will be doing everything possible to offer as much help and support as we can to get them through this. Rest assured [...]

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Don’t delay in getting children protected against measles

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I couldn’t agree more with this Western Mail article and the need to make sure children have been vaccinated against measles before the start of the new school year in Wales, in a few weeks time. It’s only two counties in Wales which aren’t affected by measles, and with around 45,000 youngsters currently unprotected, this [...]

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EWTD highlights the growing need for BMA Cymru Wales’ Option 7 Campaign

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

This Sunday Times article just goes to show how important and timely BMA Cymru Wales’ Option 7 Campaign is. Although this article refers to Scotland, the situation is more than likely being replicated in other parts of the UK. The Option 7 Campaign (named after the option on the BMA hotline) was originally set up [...]

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Peter Black AM: The English disease

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Peter Black AM: The English disease Share:

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More warnings over health risks linked to alcohol

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Health warnings in the news again concerning alcohol, but this is one that is perhaps not so well known. How many of us actually realised that drink could be linked to oral cancers? Cigarettes – definitely. But alcohol? It’s usually liver disease that is seen as being the number one health problem associated with alcohol, [...]

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Tamiflu isn’t a wonder drug

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

This piece of BMJ research certainly grabbed the attention of the media yesterday. Though at the moment, anything to do with flu seems to get picked up on and linked to swine flu in some way. As the research itself actually details “it is difficult to know the extent to which the findings can be [...]

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Boxing bouts are not what youngsters need

Monday, August 10th, 2009

This Daily Mail article made for uncomfortable weekend reading. The BMA supports sports and hobbies aimed at improving children’s wellbeing and fitness, but not to the detriment of their long term health, which boxing can cause, such as potential brain damage. It seems that it’s only schools in England who are looking at competing in [...]

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Action not words now needed on organ donation

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Around 30* people will have died in Wales in the last year, waiting for a transplant on the organ donor register. That’s why BMA Cmyru Wales is calling for action to be taken by the Welsh Assembly Government with regard to possible changes to the organ donation system. It’s also a year since the Assembly’s [...]

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