Orthodontist takes on the chairmanship of Health Watch

At a recent meeting of the charity Health Watch, Consultant Orthodontist Keith Isaacson, was elected as Chairman. Keith has been a member of Health Watch virtually since its inception in 1992. Its aim is to ensure that media coverage of evidence-based medical treatment is accurate.

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Keith provides a dental input to the Committee and he has also written articles for the Health Watch Newsletter on such subjects as statins, macular degeneration and malaria. His most recent contribution was in response to articles in the BDJ on the use of homeopathy in dentistry.

Health Watch awards an annual prize to a clinician, research worker or journalist who is considered to have made a significant contribution to the public awareness of untried and unproven treatment, whether mainstream or complementary.

At the presentation of the 2011 Annual Health Watch Award Nick Ross, the President of Health Watch handed a silver salver to this year’s winner - Brian Deer the journalist from the Sunday Times who was responsible for uncovering the MMR scandal and the part played by Dr Andrew Wakefield.

Commenting on his new role Keith Issacson says he is looking forward to chairing the Health Watch Committee which also includes academic clinicians, clinical scientists, senior nurses, medical journalists, a barrister and a hedge fund administrator.


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