Holly Alsop
London based writer and medical editor. Owner of Claude Magazine, an online fashion, music and culture hub.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, my background in veterinary and animal science sees me writing about current issues in medical, scientific and environmental research.

A lover of fashion and all things vintage, I aim to combine style and science to bring out the best in geek chic. Out of the office you will most likely find me head-first in vintage at one of London’s many markets or on the hunt for the perfect breakfast, with freshly brewed coffee an absolute must.

Entries by Holly Alsop

The NHS: It's Time We Started Paying For Health Care

(49) Comments | Posted 22 October 2015 | (00:00)

As a medical editor I often come across tales from patients using the NHS - some positive, others less so. I would not be breaking any news stories by saying that the NHS is without a doubt in trouble but it's interesting to hear the many sides of the NHS...

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The Truth About Foreign Aid

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2014 | (09:43)

The aid and development sectors work hard to promote and maintain an air of importance and legitimacy, but there are some hard truths that we need to face if the industry is to grow and address the huge challenges we, as a global community, continue to come up against -...

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Patient Banned From GP Clinic After Twitter Comment

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2013 | (15:50)

The use of social media in the healthcare industry has taken an interesting turn this week with a patient tweeting about his experience with a local GP clinic. The disgruntled man tweeted that the staff were a bunch of 'incompetent tw*ts' and was subsequently removed from the clinic's list of...

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Healthy Dose of Social Media Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2013 | (13:25)

The Royal College of General Practitioners met late last year to discuss the role of social media in the medical industry, the use of sites such as Twitter and Facebook by GPs, and how they may benefit both the clinician and the patient. For avid tweeters in the medical industry,...

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The Success Of Team LOLA: Raising Awareness For Sarcoma

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2012 | (11:12)

On the 27th May this year, Team LOLA competed in 'Race for Life' to raise money and awareness for the devastating disease, sarcoma. The team came together after the loss of a bright and beautiful young woman called Lola.

Since the race, Team LOLA have raised...

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Race for Life Raises Awareness for Sarcoma

(2) Comments | Posted 23 May 2012 | (10:10)

Cancer is so prevalent these days that the majority of people will experience the disease either directly or indirectly during their life. Some people experience it first hand and survive, others will have had cancer 'scares', and like Mary Aboagye, many will lose dear friends to the devastating disease.


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Better Resources for GPs Will Prevent Prescription Errors for Patients

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2012 | (12:16)

The General Medical Council has reported that one in six people on prescription medication are given incorrect doses during consultations with their GP. Common errors found include insufficient or incomplete information on the prescription along with dose and the timing of doses, calling for immediate review and monitoring of the...

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Are You Barking Mad? Having Your Dog Microchipped is a Good Thing

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2012 | (17:12)

In a bid to make dangerous dog owners accountable, the government has announced plans to microchip all new-born puppies in the UK, resulting in huge criticism from the public.

While responsible dog owners feel they are being penalised, the new system could very well be a step in the right...

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Newly Discovered Virus Causing Widespread Death In Sheep

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2012 | (16:13)

A new and deadly virus has hit the UK causing birth defects and miscarriages in sheep across England. The Schmallenberg virus has now been reported on 83 farms in England with the National Farmers' Union urging farmers who suspect infection on their properties to alert authorities immediately.

The virus, believed...

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Mining Boom Takes Its Toll on Australian Wilderness

(0) Comments | Posted 1 February 2012 | (09:04)

Pristine regions of Australia are under threat as mining companies push to expand, once again creating uproar from environmentalists. The area now under fire is the Cape York Peninsula in far North Queensland, a region well-known for its vast, untouched wilderness and a popular tourist destination among travellers.

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Dancing in the Dark: The New Craze Shufflin' Feet in Dalston

(0) Comments | Posted 19 January 2012 | (15:02)

It is mid-January 2012 and many of us have made the obvious realisation that our New Year's resolution to 'get fit and lose those Christmas puddings is just plain not going to happen. Well, not without that ludicrously expensive gym membership you convinced yourself you should invest in on the...

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An Aspirin a Day...Could Kill You?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 January 2012 | (15:24)

Almost one week after Scotland announced plans to supplement the population with Vitamin D, a study in England has shown that population supplementation can do more harm than good, particularly when dosing individuals with the commonly used pain relief, aspirin.

In recent years, the Joint British Societies recommended a daily...

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Vitamin D Reducing the Risk of Disease

(4) Comments | Posted 4 January 2012 | (10:19)

It is well known that sunlight is a reputable source of Vitamin D and that a mere 15 minutes of sun exposure can provide enough of the essential nutrient to maintain healthy body function. However, for those of us living in climates with only a few hours of daylight, sourcing...

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Cigarette branding has come a long way, baby

(1) Comments | Posted 14 November 2011 | (10:37)

The affiliation between branding and cigarettes has been well and truly butted-out in Australia, with a new legislation enforcing plain packaging on cigarette cartons passing in the Senate. The law is due to come in to effect next year with the new packaging available to consumers in December 2012.

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Glow In The Dark Kittens Shed Light on HIV Research

(0) Comments | Posted 19 October 2011 | (16:25)

A new study to come from the US has seen the production of 'glow in the dark' cats to help in the fight against HIV. The genetically modified felines were developed by researcher Eric Poeschla, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, by injecting fertilised eggs with a virus carrying...

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