Importance of Physical activity not properly taught, says UCL
Scientists at University College London have published findings this week regarding the current curriculum of British Medical Schools.
The study, presented by Dr. Richard Weiler, found that physical activity is vital in both the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
All 31 Medical Schools in the UK were surveyed. The study found that instruction on the benefit of exercise in undergraduate course is currently ‘sparse or non-existent’ throughout medical education.
“It is vital that tomorrow's doctors understand the basic science and health benefits of physical activity. The aim of this study was to assess the provision of physical activity teaching content in the curricula of all medical schools in the UK”, said Weiler.
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“There is a major disconnect between undergraduate medical education and clinical guidelines for long term conditions.”
Five of the schools did not include any specific teaching on physical activity, whilst the verdict on others was that the teaching was not as comprehensive as was necessary. The vast benefits of physical activity need to be made clearer to patients, and in order to do that, new practitioners need to be confident in discussing the subject. Evidence shows that a lack of exercise contributed to 5.3 million deaths last year, even more than deaths related to smoking, therefore the encouragement of activity needs to be one of the foremost concerns for young doctors.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”