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AIDS surpasses black death as deadliest disease in history
In terms of illness and death, AIDS is worse than the Black Death of the 14th century. Ninety five per cent of new infections of HIV are in the world's poor countries and heterosexual transmission is responsible for most of these, reports Peter Lamptey, in this week's BMJ. (2002-01-24)

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Two research articles in the upcoming issue of JAMIA cite pervasive concern among US physicians about privacy issues related to electronic health records, despite recognized benefits of using them. (2009-12-15)

Reduce the VAT on alcohol sold in pubs, says expert
Alcoholic drinks served in pubs should be taxed at a lower level than drinks bought from shops, says an expert in this week's BMJ. (2010-11-18)

More evidence needed on true impact of NHS walk-in centres
Introduction of NHS walk-in centres may not affect the workload of local general practitioners, but more evidence is needed to determine their true impact on other local healthcare services, according to two studies in this week's BMJ. (2003-03-06)

Deaths from heart attacks halved in last decade
The death rate from heart attack in England has halved in the last decade, claims a research paper published today on bmj.com. (2012-01-25)

Action needed to improve men's health in Europe
Policies aimed specifically at men are urgently needed to improve the health of Europe's men, say experts on bmj.com today. (2011-11-29)

It could be dangerous living in Ambridge
With a risk of traumatic death far higher than the national average, rural life may not be so idyllic in Ambridge, the fictitious village in the BBC radio series, (2011-12-15)

Overstretched armed forces leading to mental health problems
Prolonged periods of deployment among Britain's armed forces is associated with mental health problems, finds a study published online today. Deployment is an essential ingredient of military life. However, research shows that an increase in the pace of military operations (2007-08-02)

Healthy eating advice for new mothers can help cut child obesity
Teaching new mothers about healthy eating and active play can help cut the risk of their child being overweight or obese, a study published today on bmj.com finds. (2012-06-26)

'Worried well' may be boosting their risk of heart disease
People who needlessly worry that they have, or will develop, serious illness -- popularly referred to as 'the worried well' -- may be boosting their risk of developing heart disease, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2016-11-03)

Using morphine to hasten death is a myth, says doctor
Using morphine to end a person's life is a myth, argues a senior doctor in a letter to this week's BMJ. It follows the case of Kelly Taylor, a terminally ill woman who went to court earlier this month for the right to be sedated into unconsciousness by morphine, even though it will hasten her death. (2007-03-01)

Using death rates to judge hospital performance 'a bad idea'
Mortality rates are a poor measure of the quality of hospital care and should not be a trigger for public inquiries such as the investigation at the Mid Staffordshire hospital, argue experts in a paper published on bmj.com today. (2010-04-20)

Doctors should not be allowed to do both private and NHS work
Private practice directly affects the quality of care that NHS patients receive and doctors should not be allowed to work 'on both sides of the divide,' writes a senior doctor in The BMJ this week. (2015-05-05)

No link between ultrasound and risk of childhood leukaemia
Reassuring research conducted by a team in Sweden and published in this week's BMJ finds no association between prenatal exposure to ultrasound and childhood leukaemias. (2000-01-27)

Homeless people are more likely to die early
Homeless people staying in hostels are four times more likely to die early than people in the general population, claim researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-07-10)

Long working hours linked to increased risky alcohol use
Employees who work more than 48 hours per week are more likely to engage in risky alcohol consumption than those who work standard weeks, finds a new study published in The BMJ today. (2015-01-13)

New firework causes severe eye injuries, warn doctors
A new type of firework caused severe eye injuries and blindness in children and adults at last year's bonfire night celebrations, warn doctors in a letter to this week's BMJ. (2012-10-02)

Some ethnic groups more susceptible to adverse drug reactions
Some ethnic groups may be more susceptible to adverse drug reactions, finds a study published on bmj.com today. (2006-05-04)

New research supports change to UK blood donation rules for men who have sex with men
New research published on bmj.com today supports a change to the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. (2011-09-08)

Study suggests rise in heavy drinking among young women
Staff working in well woman and antenatal clinics may need to be trained to identify early signs of heavy drinking in young women, suggest researchers in this week's BMJ. (2001-11-15)

Folic acid could prevent heart disease
Folic acid could dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, deep vein thrombosis, and stroke if levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) were reduced, according to researchers in this week's BMJ. (2002-11-21)

The BMJ guide to wickedness
Several articles in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ offer a comprehensive guide for the corrupt and incompetent. (2003-12-18)

Expensive new cancer drugs have little effect on survival of many cancers
Despite considerable investment and innovation, new cancer drugs approved in the past 10 years may have little effect on survival in adults with cancer, raising a number of concerns, argues an expert in The BMJ today. (2016-11-09)

NICE guidance must be applied more effectively
Guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) must be implemented more effectively to improve NHS practice, suggest researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-03-13)

Vets Defend The Use Of Antibiotics In Animal Husbandry
Dr. Quentin McKellar, Director of the Moredun Research Institute, argues that antimicrobials are an extremely valuable resource in livestock production and their prudent use is beneficial. (1998-09-04)

Leaving Europe's nuclear regulator will put patients at risk, warns expert
The UK's proposed withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) would threaten the supply of essential medical isotopes (essential for some types of cancer treatment and medical imaging) putting patients at risk, argues an expert in The BMJ today. (2017-07-26)

COVID-19 measures deepening health inequalities in slum communities
Efforts to stem the impact of COVID-19 in low to middle income countries could be creating a health time bomb in their slum communities by deepening existing inequalities, according to an international team of health researchers led by the University of Warwick. (2020-09-14)

Flu jabs for care home staff prevents deaths
Vaccinating care home staff against influenza can prevent illness, deaths and health service use during periods of moderate influenza activity, concludes a study published online by the BMJ today. Weak immune systems mean that many care home residents are vulnerable to influenza outbreaks even when they have been vaccinated. Many countries offer influenza vaccine to healthcare workers every year, but in the UK most care homes do not vaccinate their staff. (2006-11-30)

Huge increase in tobacco deaths in progress
If current smoking patterns persist, tobacco is set to cause one third of all deaths among middle aged men in China over the next few decades, predict researchers in this week's BMJ. (2001-08-15)

Telehealth unlikely to be cost effective for patients with long term conditions
Telehealth does not seem to be a cost effective addition to standard support and treatment for patients with long term conditions, finds a study published on bmj.com today. (2013-03-21)

Most elderly people cannot use flu inhaler effectively
Most elderly people cannot use the inhaler device that delivers the anti-influenza drug zanamivir (Relenza). Reporting in this week's BMJ, the researchers suggest that improvements should be made to the inhaler. (2001-03-08)

Oral contraceptive use not associated with increased birth defects risk
Oral contraceptives taken just before or during pregnancy do not increase the risk of birth defects, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Statens Serum Institut in Denmark. They found that the prevalence of major birth defects was consistent (about 25 per 1,000 live births) across all pregnant women in the study population regardless of contraceptive use. (2016-01-06)

Twofold increase in adult asthma in 20 years, irrespective of smoking
The level of asthma in adults has increased more than twofold in 20 years, irrespective of smoking, according to a unique study in this week's BMJ. (2000-07-06)

Increasing daily calcium will not reduce the risk of fractures in later life
While moderate amounts of calcium (around 700 mg a day) are vital for maintaining healthy bones, there is no need to start increasing calcium intake in order to reduce the risk of fractures or osteoporosis in later life, finds a paper published online today. (2011-05-24)

Delirium could be prevented in a third of cases
At least one third of cases of delirium could be prevented if better systems of care were in place according to a doctor in today's BMJ. Delirium -- a temporary state of acute confusion -- is becoming a major burden on health care services in countries with ageing populations, says Professor John Young. (2007-04-19)

Antisocial behaviour schemes may fail to deliver
Mentoring schemes to reduce antisocial behaviour among young people should not be recommended because, despite their popularity with politicians and policy makers, they are based on inconclusive evidence, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2004-02-26)

Use of inpatient integrative therapies relies on physician and nurse collaboration
As part of a four-year NIH-funded study of pain and integrative medicine in the hospital, researchers used interviews with clinical staff to better understand the referral process for integrative medicine. Physicians, nurses, and administrators were asked about their attitudes and beliefs towards integrative care, their personal experience with integrative care, and their experiences referring inpatients for integrative care at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. (2016-08-16)

Good Nutrition In Childhood Can Prevent Some Cancers In Later Life
The authors took the 1937-9 Boyd Orr study and investigated 3834 children aged 16 years and under. They examined their dietary intake and traced these individuals through to adulthood. They found that children with a lower dietary intake were less likely to suffer from some cancers in later life. They conclude that their results confirm the importance of optimal nutrition during childhood. (1998-02-13)

Treatment checklists may cut hospital deaths
Patient deaths at three London hospitals have been cut by almost 15 percent after introducing treatment checklists (known as care bundles), finds a study published on bmj.com today. (2010-04-01)

Antenatal units are unaware of genetic screening guidelines
Antenatal units are generally unaware of screening guidelines for women at increased risk of having a baby with genetic defects, finds research in this week's BMJ. The guidelines were issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists following a national confidential inquiry of antenatal care. (2001-01-04)

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