Lord of the Wrongs?

We were very amused to read about Google’s translation software and its literary distaste for Russia. The nice people at Google said it was all a machine error (which means their algorithms may actually have a sense of humour; we’re not sure if we should feel good about that or not), but we can’t help …

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Season’s Greetings

All of us at RWL would like to wish all of you, our friends, colleagues and clients, a very merry (and weirdly sunny) Christmas and a happy, healthy and hopefully decently wealthy New Year!

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No prescription, but perhaps some caution

Paul Rutter, professor of pharmacy at the University of Wolverhampton, has written a piece in the BMJ suggesting that it is time to end the ‘monopoly’ of pharmacists over the sale of certain medicines. some of his points are good ones, and made me think: for instance, there is no evidence that better health outcomes …

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The half life of Sasha Litvenenko

A strange assassination took place in London in 2006. Russian emigre Alexander Litvinenko was murdered with the world’s most poisonous ever cup of tea, containing liberal amounts of Polonium 215, a substance so poisonous there is no known safe dosage. Polonium was discovered by the great Marie Curie, and it unfortunately killed her daughter. Quite …

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A birthday to remember in 2015

800 years ago, on a sunny morning in June 1215, a bunch of English nobles (there may be a more appropriate collective noun, but Lord M will leave that to the reader’s discretion) got together and bullied the king – wicked King John, that is, of Robin Hood infamy – into signing a charter of …

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No humbugs here

We would like to wish all our clients, partners and friends a very Merry Christmas from all of us at RWL, and a happy and prosperous new year to you all.

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FIFA or FIBS?

Within four hours of FIFA publishing their report into the less than salubrious goings on around the bidding for the 2022 World Cup (the one that will be played in air-conditioned stadia, or in the winter, or in another country altogether, or: any suggestions?), the investigator FIFA called in to collect evidence for the report …

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Dark days

Lord M enjoys a good hoax. The recent eclipse scam from Huzlers.com was particularly fine. They generated a story, looking remarkably like the real official thing, claiming NASA had predicted that the Earth would experience six days of total darkness this winter, due to a gigantic solar storm. Plenty of people took the bait, and …

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Take care with integrated care

The news that the CQC intends to look at the medical files of vulnerable children as part of its GP inspection programme has excited a range of reactions, some of them predictably outraged, and a good proportion of them dissenting. Actually it’s a good approach to integrated care, if – and here things get both …

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Ebola: pandemic or panic?

If you don’t know about Ebola virus, welcome back from your cave in the side of a hill. The virus, first identified in 1976 after a Belgian nun fell ill and died in Zaire, is a species of haemorrhagic fever. It has since evolved, both genetically and symbolically; the latest strain ofthe disease has infected …

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Where patient experience really matters

NHS England has just published its 2014 report on cancer patients’ experience in primary and secondary care, a vital piece of research that complements the purely medical efforts to combat the scariest of all the diseases in the spectrum of public health fears. Despite some early media efforts to cherry pick the critical aspects of …

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Positive news about NHS shock!

The shortlist for the 2014 IPA Effectiveness Awards have been announced, and we at RWL are delighted to see that PHE, and their campaign partners M&C Saatchi, have been nominated for their Be Clear on Cancer campaign. The campaign has brought real change, in both awareness and behaviour; at a time when the NHS and …

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