Medicine

Matt Hancock’s call for virtual GP consultations to replace face-to-face meetings sparks patient backlash

Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock is facing a backlash from patient and medical groups after declaring that all consultations should be conducted virtually unless there was a “compelling clinical reason not to”.

During a speech in London on Thursday, the Health Secretary hailed a new era of “Zoom medicine” in which face-to-face meetings with doctors will be replaced by video link or phone.

Pointing to the operational changes introduced during the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Hancock said there was a need for “bureaucracy-busting” in the NHS, with virtual consultations freeing up doctors’ time for those most in need.

He added that while there would always be a system for people who could not “log on”, it would be wrong to “patronise older people by saying they don’t do tech.”

However, Rachel Power, the chief executive of the Patients Association, claimed that moving consultations online “by default appears to be based on no

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College During COVID

At Kiplinger, the name of the game is value. For more than 20 years, our annual college rankings have been no exception. Over the years, we analyzed data on hundreds of public and private colleges and universities across the nation seeking institutions that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price.

But this year, as the coronavirus forced schools to shutter in mid March and transformed the higher-education system practically overnight, we put our rankings on pause. Instead, we decided to focus on strategies for getting the most value out of a reeling higher-education system, including transfers, gap years and increased financial aid.

For Mika Garcia, a 21-year-old rising senior at the University of West Florida (UWF), the pandemic shutdown meant a softball season cut short. “It was extremely heartbreaking,” she says. “Everything was shut down—no weights, no practice, no games, no visiting one another. It was a weird and … Read More

10 myths and truths about Ucas Clearing

Clearing - Alec Doherty
Clearing – Alec Doherty

A-level results day is stressful enough this year as a result of the pandemic, so having a basic understanding of the university Clearing process in advance can be a very useful tool to have.  

Separate fact from fiction with our helpful UCAS Clearing myth-buster. 

MYTH: Clearing opens on A-level-results day

The 2020 Clearing process was available for use from July 6. If you had already received your exam results, but didn’t have any university offers, you could have used Clearing from this date onwards. IB results were published on July 6, for instance, while Scottish Qualifications Authority results came out on August 4. “The general rule is that, when you’ve got your results, you can use Clearing,” say UCAS. Not all course spaces were available at this earlier stage, though, so you haven’t missed out.

MYTH: Russell Group universities don’t use Clearing

They most certainly do.

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UK study finds digital treatment for insomnia more effective than face-to-face therapy

An online self-help programme that helps people sleep better is more effective than face-to-face psychological therapy, a study involving over 7,000 NHS patients has found.

Sleepio, a six-week digital treatment for insomnia, helped 56% of users beat the condition, whereas the success rate in NHS Improving access to psychological therapy (Iapt) services is 50%.

The programme helped insomniacs gain almost six hours more sleep a week, reduced their use of sleeping pills, and cut the number of times they went to the GP or had to take a day off sick from work. It also helped reduce the anxiety and depression that lay behind many participants’ sleeplessness.

The findings have emerged from a study involving 7,078 patients in the Thames Valley, which was overseen by the Oxford academic health science network of doctors, scientists and academics.

“The experiment was a very big success. Using Sleepio had a significant impact”, said

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Infectious Disease Expert Laments ‘Distressing’ Lack Of Masks At Donald Trump Event

Infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner expressed dismay at the lack of face masks on display during an event attended by President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, what went through his mind when he saw footage of Trump and some of his allies and supporters mask-less and not adhering to social distancing measures during his address at the Double Eagle Energy oil rig in Midland, Texas.

Schaffer pulled no punches in response.

“The three Ds,” he said ― depressing, distressing and dumb.

“That’s just inappropriate,” Schaffner continued. “It shows exactly the opposite of what all those people ought to be modeling across the country. We should be wearing our masks, all of the time.”

“Why are they there in that large group?” he asked. “They shouldn’t be gathering in groups.”

Burnett agreed.

″It doesn’t make

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Fintech Focus For July 29, 2020

Daily Perspective: Opportunities multiply as they are seized. – Art Of War

Fintech Movers: Startups like Atomic, Astra, and Canopy are already starting to build gateless, autonomous fintech products. When they arrive, the future of money will look very little like the past. – Forbes

  • TradeZero hits major milestones.
  • Enova will be acquiring OnDeck.
  • Goldman taps AI tech for Marcus.
  • ComplyAdvantage raises $50M.
  • Revolut launches price comparison.
  • Benzinga, Envestnet | Yodlee team.
  • JPM taps Marqeta for card program.
  • Tech partnerships vital to growth.
  • SESAMm accessible via Bloomberg.
  • Nubank buys firm behind Clojure.
  • Israel preps DLT securities lending.
  • Mastercard, Microsoft partner up.
  • Envestnet | MoneyGuide intro tool.
  • Mercado Libre eyes distribution hub.
  • Analysis: E-trading in fixed income.

Benzinga Global Fintech Awards Spotlight:

Every year Benzinga, a leading news and data platform, holds the Global Fintech Awards, a day of dealmaking, networking, and recognition in the financial technology space.

Ahead of the

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Mike Pence Met With Group Behind Viral Coronavirus Misinformation Video

Vice President Mike Pence held a quiet meeting on Tuesday with a group called America’s Frontline Doctors to discuss the use of unproven anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19. The meeting came as video of a Monday press conference held by the group was going mega-viral online, racking up tens of millions of views and leading to a widespread effort by social media companies to remove the video and penalize some people who shared it, including one of the president’s sons. 

Pence’s office did not publicize the meeting nor respond to requests for comment, but several members of the group tweeted Tuesday evening that the meeting had just occurred. “Just finished a great meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and his Chief of Staff,” wrote James Todaro, a member of the group who trained as an ophthalmologist. “We are doing everything to restore the power of medicine back to doctors.

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Donald Trump Calls Doctor in Debunked COVID-19 Video ‘Very Impressive’

Shutterstock; Stella Immanuel/Twitter President Donald Trump (left) and Dr. Stella Immanuel

President Donald Trump on Tuesday stood by his retweet of a video showing a Houston physician and others making false and misleading claims about the coronavirus disease COVID-19 — including suggesting masks don’t help slow the virus’ spread and that there’s already a cure.

Both assertions have been debunked by medical professionals, including federal health officials.

But Trump (who just last week said wearing masks was “patriotic”) told reporters on Tuesday he was “very impressed” by what Dr. Stella Immanuel had to say in the viral video, which widely circulated on social media beginning with the website Breitbart.

The video, which features Immanuel, was taken down by Twitter and Facebook because of misinformation, the sites said Tuesday, but not before the president retweeted it as well.

“I don’t know which country she comes from, but she said that she’s

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10 myths and truths about Clearing

Clearing - Alec Doherty
Clearing – Alec Doherty

A-level results day is stressful enough this year as a result of the pandemic, so having a basic understanding of the university Clearing process in advance can be a very useful tool to have.  

Separate fact from fiction with our helpful UCAS Clearing myth-buster. 

MYTH: Clearing opens on A-level-results day

The 2020 Clearing process was available for use from July 6. If you had already received your exam results, but didn’t have any university offers, you could have used Clearing from this date onwards. IB results were published on July 6, for instance, while Scottish Qualifications Authority results came out on August 4. “The general rule is that, when you’ve got your results, you can use Clearing,” say UCAS. Not all course spaces were available at this earlier stage, though, so you haven’t missed out.

MYTH: Russell Group universities don’t use Clearing

They most certainly do.

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Here’s What the Science Actually Says About Kids and COVID-19

Benjamin Knorr, a 40-year-old single father in Janesville, Wisc., says there’s about a 50-50 chance he’ll send his two teenage sons back to school this fall. His 13-year-old, Aiden, would especially like to get back to his friends, sports, and regular life. But Knorr, an independent contractor, has asthma, and fears that his health and finances would be imperiled if one of his boys brought COVID-19 home from school.

“If the numbers go up in Dane County and Rock County, where I work and live, it’s over. We’re just doing the online school,” Knorr says. “We already got through two months of it, and yeah, it was hard. It was stressful. And yeah, it was more work on my part to come home and do the online schooling with them and stuff. But we can’t be homeless.”

As school districts across the United States decide whether to welcome kids back

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