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Time to improve access to medical school

Ami Banerjee
Last edited 16th July 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I spent the evening in London, with three other doctors, talking to sixth-formers from “non-traditional backgrounds” (a euphemism for low socio-economic status) about studying medicine. A friend from medical school organised this careers event on behalf of Teach First, an independent charity that aims to broaden access to education. These were 16- and 17-year olds achieving high grades despite being in inner-city schools, where their peers were not pursuing A-levels, let alone higher education.

Do you know the right age to start cervical cancer screening?

Carl Heneghan
Last edited 17th September 2009

I guess the best blogs to write are the ones about subjects you don’t know the answer to. However, it always astounds me how many people can advise you on the answer about an important issue despite not knowing what the evidence actually says. So, when the recent British Medical Association conference voted on this issue (two thirds voted for the lowering of the age of screening to 20), my first thought was I would abstain, primarily due to lack of knowledge about the evidence-base on cervical cancer.

Statins - are they worth it?

Ami Banerjee
Last edited 7th July 2009

Last week, the press reported that relatives of people with familial hypercholesteraemia are not being adequately screened in the UK, despite their increased risk of heart attacks, which could be prevented by early treatment with statins. However, the more important story was about statins themselves.

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