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Professor Richard Body MB ChB, FRCEM, PhD is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester. He is honorary Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Manchester Foundation trust. He is also the Group Director of Research & Innovation at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which is the largest NHS trust in England. His research interests include diagnostics, cardiac disease and the philosophy of emergency medicine. He is an acclaimed international speaker on cardiac diagnostics . He can be found on Twitter as @richardbody

Med-Fi: Chest pain in 2050

Read. more about our Med-Fi series here and see our future based content here. Fiona was relieved to have got the all clear for her heart health – it had been an anxious few hours.

Medical Fiction: A new St Emlyn’s section

There’s nothing like a good bit of sci-fi, is there? From the imagination of the original Star Wars trilogy to the thought-provoking Matrix. Sci-fi isn’t just mindless entertainment though. Sometimes, science fiction comes true. Think

Am I going to die? Communicating COVID-19 test results and risk

Going into hospital as an emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic must be extremely scary for patients and their relatives. With no relatives allowed to visit and staff dressed in full PPE, the experience must be

A Decade of Diagnostics in Emergency Care

When we saw in the last decade, I’d just finished my PhD looking to discover the ‘new troponin’. At the time, patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes (ACS) were routinely admitted to hospital to undergo

A decade in review for Emergency Care. St Emlyn's

I hope you’ve had a very happy Christmas/holiday period, and that work hasn’t been too intense for you. As we close out 2019, we’re looking forward to a new decade of Emergency Medicine here in

The future of diagnostics

The Future of Diagnostics #stemlynsLIVE

Making diagnoses is arguably the most important aspect of our work in Emergency Medicine. Until we know something about the nature of a patient’s condition, we can’t make informed decisions about whether they need to

Troponin and biotin: a lethal combination?

Imagine you’re treating a patient who presented with typical cardiac chest pain. The initial ECG showed subtle lateral ST depression that seemed to resolve on subsequent ECGs. You’re very concerned by the clinical picture and

50 shades of black and white: the folly of dichotomy

In this quick post I’m hoping to get you thinking and asking questions about how we measure things in medicine. And I hope that, like me, it might change how you interpret information in your

Emergency Medicine at 50: reflections on our progress

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) is celebrating a landmark in is history: the 50th birthday of UK Emergency Medicine. To mark this event, RCEM has been doing a number of things. There was

Is cMyC the new troponin?

Anyone who reads the news is likely to have seen the recent paper in Circulation evaluating a new biomarker of acute coronary syndromes: cardiac myosin binding protein C (cMyC) . This paper has been covered