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Monday, 17 February 2014

Coull Quartet to perform on 15th May for national children's cancer charity CLIC-Sargent.

The Coull Quartet are to perform at a charitable musical evening to be held at the 12th CenturyImage Ashow Church on Thursday 15th May 2014, in support of children with cancer.
To order tickets or to express interest in attending or otherwise supporting this charity event, please email
Tickets cost £25 per person – £20 per person for orders of 10 tickets.
Go to PayPal link for online ticket payments – hosted by the Hippocrates Society
The musical performance will be held in Ashow Church, beginning with a concert by the internationally famous chamber group – the Coull Quartet, followed by a reception in the adjacent Ashow Village Centre.
Address: The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, Ashow, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
6.30 pm Ashow Church – arrival 
7 pm Coull Quartet
- Schubert D87;
- Ravel Quartet;
- Borodin Quartet No.2.
8 pm   Reception  Village centre/marquee
9 pm Close
Founded in 1974, and Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977, the CoullcqIMG_9779Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, the USA and Western Europe, and has also toured China, India, the Far East, South America and Australia. The Coull Quartet – Roger Coull violin, Philip Gallaway violin, Rose Redgrave viola, Nicholas Roberts cello - has appeared at most of the major music societies and festivals in the UK, and gives an annual series of recitals at Warwick Arts Centre, where it is actively involved in the University’s flourishing musical life.
The event is being organised jointly by the City of Coventry Worsted Weavers guild and CLIC Sargent Logo UK P CMYK HIthe national children’s cancer charity  CLIC-Sargent – the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. CLIC-Sargent provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. CLIC-Sargent aims to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

NICE and wider use of statins?

In the UK it is currently recommended that a statin should be prescribed to lower cholesterol for a
patient in whom the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years is 20% ie 1 in 5.

NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - is now consulting on its proposal to reduce the threshold for prescribing a statin to a 10% ie 1 in 10 risk of cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years.

Here are my comments within the 12th February 2014 Science  Media Centre briefing on this new draft guidance from NICE:
"Heart disease, strokes and other serious disorders of the circulation are a major cause of premature ill health and death. 
Statins can help to prevent and reduce the severity of these serious medical problems. 
This initiative from NICE is important in extending to many more people protection from serious cardiovascular risk. 
Clear information will need to be made available on two key points: the need to combine statin use with a healthy lifestyle and addressing the other risk factors commonly present in people with high cholesterol, and information on the balance of risk versus benefit for these powerful medicines."

Entries from 31 countries for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Entries are now closed for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, for which
over 1000 entries have been submitted. With a 1st prize for the winning poem in the Open and in the NHS category of £5,000, the Hippocrates prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. 
Short lists for the Open, NHS and Young Poets Awards in the Hippocrates Prize will be announced on Thursday 3rd April.
The 2014 Hippocrates Awards will be presented at the close of the 5th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine in London on Saturday 10th May.
Competing poets for the 2014 Hippocrates Awards came from 31 countries from 6 continents around the world. Entries have arrived from throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, and from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Singapore, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Trinidad and Zimbabwe.
Members of the  judging panel for the 2014 Hippocrates Open and NHS Prize are poet Philip Gross, a winner of the TS Eliot Prize, distinguished barrister Robert Francis QC, and Mumsnet Editor Sarah Crown. The 2014 Young Poets Award will be judged by poet Kit Wright. 
In our new Young Poets Awards, to be judged by poet Kit Wright, entries were received from England, Ireland, and Scotland in the UK, and from Israel, Italy, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA.
Register for the 2014 Hippocrates Awards

Register for the 2014 International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine
Submit an abstract for the 2014 International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine to be held in London on Saturday 10th May:
Awards are in three categories:

- a £5000 first prize in the Open category, which anyone in the world may enter;

- a £5000 first prize in the NHS category, which is open to UK National Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations involved in education and training of NHS students and staff;

- a £500 prize for the Young Poets category in the international Hippocrates Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years.
The Hippocrates Initiative began in 2009 as the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. The Hippocrates Initiative now also includes the international Hippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine, annual international symposia at which the Hippocrates awards are also presented, an international research forum for poetry and medicine, The Hippocrates Press, and workshops, the first held in Venice in September 2013.

Since its launch in 2009, the annual Hippocrates Prize has attracted thousands of entries from 61 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and from Finland to Australasia.