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People keep driving even when sleepy
People continue to drive even when they know they are sleepy, suggests a large study published on bmj.com today. This has important implications for public safety, say the researchers. (2006-06-22)

Do dressings prevent infection?
There is insufficient evidence to know whether dressings reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery and, in some cases, leaving a wound exposed may be better, say researchers in The BMJ today. (2016-05-24)

Substantial increase in childhood obesity since 1984
The prevalence of obesity in children is low, but it has increased substantially since 1984, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2001-01-04)

Walking to school encourages more physical activity
Adolescents who walk to and from school have higher overall physical activity levels throughout the day compared with those who travel by car, bus, or train. (2005-08-16)

Should drug companies be allowed to talk to patients?
If people are to become more involved in their own health care, they must be able to gain access to high quality, balanced, accurate, and up to date information, but should this information come from drug companies? (2003-06-12)

Short gaps between pregnancies linked to complications
Women with a very short interval between pregnancies are at an increased risk of complications such as premature birth, neonatal death, and low birth weight, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-08-07)

Should women be screened for domestic violence?
Over a third of women attending general practices have experienced physical violence, but doctors and nurses rarely ask about it. Researchers in this week's BMJ ask: Should women be screened for domestic violence when they visit their general practitioner? Is there a high risk group of women for whom screening might be more appropriate? Is screening acceptable to women? (2002-01-31)

Most shoppers unaware of major risk factor for most common form of glaucoma in UK
New study suggests that less than a fifth of shoppers were aware of the need for tests of the pressure inside their eyes (intraocular pressure), when measured at a Pop-Up health check station set up across eight shopping centers in England. The study also found that when the eye pressure test was advertised alongside a blood pressure test, significantly more shoppers took up the opportunity to answer questions and get tested for both. (2019-11-27)

Study shows lower mortality from induction of labor at 41 weeks
Inducing labor after 41 instead of 42 full weeks' pregnancy appears to be safer in terms of perinatal survival, new Swedish research shows. The current study is expected to provide a key piece of evidence for upcoming decisions in maternity care. (2019-11-21)

The dangers of collecting drinking water
Fetching drinking water in low and middle income countries can cause serious injury, particularly for women. A new international study published in BMJ Global Health reveals dangers including falls, traffic accidents, animal attacks, and fights, which can result in broken bones, spinal injuries, lacerations, and other physical injuries. The work draws on a survey of 6,291 randomly selected households across 24 sites in 21 low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. (2020-11-04)

Use eggs, not embryos, to derive stem cells, say researchers
Concerns about the ethics of using embryos created to treat infertile couples for stem cell research is discussed by researchers at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester in this week's BMJ. (2003-10-09)

Depression more common during pregnancy than after childbirth
Depression during pregnancy is more common than postnatal depression, finds a study in this week's BMJ. As mood during pregnancy may affect the unborn child, more efforts need to be directed towards recognising and treating antenatal depression, report the authors. (2001-08-02)

Woman develops rare life-threatening condition after liposuction
A 45-year-old woman developed a serious life-threatening condition after having liposuction, reveal doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports. (2017-09-25)

Do spending cuts cost lives?
Radical cuts to social welfare spending to reduce budget deficits could cause not just economic pain but cost lives, warn experts in a study published on bmj.com today. (2010-06-24)

Yale-developed scorecard promotes better clinical trial data sharing
A tool developed by researchers at Yale, Stanford, and Bioethics International can promote greater sharing of clinical trial data by pharmaceutical companies. While nearly one-third of the companies that the researchers assessed met standards for sharing data, others could be more transparent to the benefit of science and the public, the researchers said. (2019-07-10)

Current guidance doesn't help doctors treat young patients at risk of heart disease
Current guidelines on drug treatment for heart disease don't advise doctors on how to treat young patients with a high risk profile, reports research in this week's BMJ. (2000-04-20)

Using antidepressants during pregnancy may affect your child's mental health
A study from Aarhus BSS of almost one million Danish children shows that the use of antidepressants during pregnancy increases the risk of your child being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder later in life. However, heritability also plays a part, according to the researchers. (2017-09-07)

10,000 Medicare patients die in the seven days after discharge from the ED
Researchers found that, each year, about 10,000 generally healthy patients die in the seven days after discharge from the ED. (2017-02-01)

New approach to insulin treatment improves patients' lives
Training patients with diabetes to adjust their insulin doses to match their food choices, improves diabetes control and quality of life, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-10-03)

Don't hold your nose and close your mouth when you sneeze, doctors warn
Pinching your nose while clamping your mouth shut to contain a forceful sneeze isn't a good idea, warn doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports. (2018-01-15)

Patients who have had an irregular heart beat can't ever be considered 'cured'
Patients with an abnormal heart rhythm that can leave them at a higher risk of suffering from stroke still need treatment even after their heart rhythm seems to have returned to normal, say researchers at the University of Birmingham. (2018-05-10)

Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?
Some see acupuncture as a safe alternative to drugs, while others argue there's no convincing evidence of clinical benefit and potential for harm. So should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today. (2018-03-07)

Steep rise in self-poisonings in children and adolescents
Self-harm from self-poisoning in children and adolescents is not only increasing but starting at a younger age, finds new research by University of Sydney and the NSW Poisons Information Centre. The study found there were more than 33,500 self-poisonings in young people in Australia from 2006 - 2016, with a 98 per cent increase over this time. (2019-02-20)

New series tackles complementary medicine
This week's BMJ sees the beginning of a new series of the ABCs of Complementary Medicine. This first issue looks at what is actually meant by the term 'complementary medicine'; how this area of medicine developed; how practitioners are trained and regulated and how they might approach the treatment of patients. (1999-09-10)

Tackling the threat of nuclear terrorism
The only effective way to tackle the threat of nuclear terrorism is to abolish nuclear weapons and establish strict international control of all fissile materials that could be used to make new weapons, argue three US physicians in this week's BMJ. (2002-02-07)

Concerns over commerical control of medical research
In response to concerns about the increasing influence of sponsors in medical research, several international medical journals, including the BMJ, have taken steps to restrict the publication of research that is not independent. (2001-09-09)

Cheaper drug could release more than £13.5 million a year within the next 5 years for other services
Doctors in the northeast of England face legal action from two of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies for offering patients with a serious eye condition the choice of a safe, effective but much cheaper drug, reports The BMJ today. (2017-10-31)

US teens more likely to vape for flavorings than nicotine in e-cigarettes
US teens are more likely to vape for the flavourings found in e-cigarettes rather than nicotine, suggests research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. (2016-08-25)

St John's wort as effective as standard antidepressant therapy
St John's wort is as effective as imipramine - one of the most commonly used antidepressants - and should be considered as a first line treatment in patients with mild to moderate depression, according to the largest ever study of St John's wort published this week in the BMJ. (2000-08-31)

Should gluten-free foods be available on prescription?
In The BMJ this week, experts debate whether gluten-free prescriptions for people with coeliac disease should be removed. (2017-01-10)

Inadequate regulation for vaginal mesh products has exposed women to unnecessary harms, warn experts
Inadequate regulatory processes for vaginal mesh products used to treat stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse have exposed women to unnecessary harms, warn experts in The BMJ today. (2017-12-07)

Gender bias leaves South Asia's women in poor health
Gender discrimination in South Asia has led to a systematic devaluing and neglect of women's health, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2004-04-01)

Smoking-related imagery absent from only one James Bond movie to date
Smoking related imagery is conspicuous by its absence from only one Bond movie since 007 first graced cinema screens in 1962, finds an analysis in Tobacco Control. (2017-01-16)

More hospital doctors are opting to retire early
Hospital doctors in England and Wales are increasingly choosing to take early retirement, figures released to The BMJ by the NHS Business Services Authority in response to a freedom of information request show. (2018-09-04)

High death risk among young people in hospital with diabetes
Young people admitted to hospital for diabetes have an increased risk of death in the following three years, not only from natural causes but also from suicide, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2004-03-25)

Brainy teens may be less likely to smoke, but more likely to drink and use cannabis
Brainy teens may be less likely to smoke, but more likely to drink alcohol and use cannabis, than their less academically gifted peers, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2017-02-22)

College best option for young people during times of high unemployment
From a health perspective, going to college is the best option for young people during times of mass unemployment, says a senior researcher in an editorial published on bmj.com today. (2009-03-10)

An 'unprecedented' rise in infant mortality in England linked to poverty
New study, published in BMJ Open, links a rise in infant mortality in England to poverty. (2019-10-03)

One in 10 stroke survivors need more help with taking medication, study finds
Over a half of stroke patients require a degree of help with taking medicine and a sizeable minority say they do not receive as much assistance as they need, according a study published today in the journal BMJ Open. (2018-03-11)

Kids' hands may be a source of significant nicotine exposure
Children may carry significant levels of nicotine on their hands just by coming into contact with items or surfaces contaminated with tobacco smoke residues, even when no one is actively smoking around them at the time. A study in Tobacco Control also reports the presence of significant nicotine on the hands of children was associated with equally significant levels of the harmful tobacco metabolite cotinine in saliva. (2017-04-06)

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