Commentary of the Royal college of Physicians

By |May 16th, 2017|

What  particular aspects of  medical education are you most interested in?

I really enjoyed the challenges of providing ongoing medical education to qualified doctors.  To preserve a culture of education and training, while teaks become fragmented and consultants are under more time pressure every  year, has got to be the greatest challenge in medical education.

What benefits […]

Health Spectator – Joint Effort

By |May 16th, 2017|

Can supplements really help with the pain of arthritis?
Dr Rod Hughes

Joint health supplements are big business in the UK.  Millions of pounds are spent over the counter every year, and most buyers are seeking relief from the symptoms of arthritis – a group of painful long-term conditions thought to affect around 10 million Britons.
Osteoarthritis […]

Research: Stiffness in Polymyalgia

By |May 16th, 2017|

“An Impediment to Living Life”: Why and How Should We Measure Stiffness in Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
To explore patients’ concepts of stiffness in polymyalgia rheumatica, and how they think stiffness should be measured.

Eight focus groups were held at three centres involving 50 patients with current/previous PMR.  Each group had at least one facilitator and one rapporteur making […]

Swinfen Trust – not for profit charity

By |May 16th, 2017|

Dr Rod Hughes at a recent reception at the Drapers Hall (see newsletter) meeting Right Hon Lord Swinfen, director of the trust.

Bisphosphonate drugs for osteoporosis and risk of bone or jaw damage

By |May 16th, 2017|

For the last twenty years bisphosphonate drugs have been used to prevent the progressive bone loss that occurs with osteoporosis. Mostly at risk have been middle aged to elderly women and so common is the problem of bone thinning that one could make a case for putting these medicines in the water supply. However, about […]

Cutis Laxa – Loose Skin

By |May 16th, 2017|

For a downloadable copy of my lecture on Cutis Laxa, please refer to my educational library pages.


Improving Patient Safety – Packaging Study

By |May 16th, 2017|

For a downloadable copy of my lecture on Improving Patient Safety – Packaging Study, please refer to my educational library pages.

Fever and Rheumatic Diseases

By |July 13th, 2016|

For a downloadable copy of my lecture on Fever and Rheumatic Diseases, please refer to my educational library pages.


By |July 13th, 2016|

Gout is common worldwide.  To achieve best control of gout (which should be curable using drugs such as allopurinol to lower uric acid concentrations in the blood) patients and doctors need to know what target level of uric acid in the blood to aim for with treatment to achieve this cure

Most patients with gout understand […]