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Northern Italy -- Official COVID-19 deaths underestimate the full impact of the pandemic
According to a study by Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the northern Italian city of Nembro recorded more deaths during March 2020 than between January and December 2019. However, only approximately half of all deaths recorded this spring were classified as confirmed COVID-19 deaths. Thus, the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic may go far beyond official COVID-19 death counts. The study shows the important role of all-cause mortality in quantifying the full impact of the pandemic. (2020-05-18)

Safely relaxing social distancing comes down to numbers
Your house number could be the key to the safe relaxation of COVID-19-related restrictions if governments follow a new exit strategy proposal published today in the British Medical Journal. Co-authored by QUT statistician Professor Adrian Barnett, the paper proposes the use of an 'odds-and-evens' approach to allowing people to head back to work and enjoy other activities after weeks of lockdown. (2020-05-05)

NHS 'turning a blind eye' to labor rights violations in the trade of masks and gloves
Yet there is a murkier scandal about the procurement of these everyday items that the NHS has yet to face, writes Jane Feinmann, freelance journalist in The BMJ today. (2020-04-30)

Protect health and social care workers and refer their deaths to the coroner, says The BMJ editor
All deaths of health and social care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic should be referred to the coroner for independent review, says Dr. Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of The BMJ today. (2020-04-22)

New study shows sharp decrease of intimate partner violence in Nicaragua
The percentage of women and girls in Nicaragua's second-largest city who reported experiencing physical violence by their partners during their lifetimes decreased from 55% in 1995 to 28% in 2016, according to a new study published in the journal BMJ Global Health. (2020-04-21)

Guide for COVID-19 remote consultation by primary carers designed by NTU Singapore scientist & peers
Primary care health workers now have a guide for conducting remote consultation of suspected COVID-19 patients, developed by a team of researchers from Singapore and the UK. (2020-04-16)

Time to encourage people to wear face masks as a precaution, say experts
It's time to encourage people to wear face masks as a precautionary measure on the grounds that we have little to lose and potentially something to gain, say experts in The BMJ today. (2020-04-09)

Passport to improved health for military veterans
A healthcare 'passport' to access NHS and other well-being services has been beneficial for the mental health of veterans and provides them with a sense of identity, according to research published in the BMJ Military Health. (2020-04-03)

Experts call for health and climate change warning labels on petrol pumps
Warning labels should be displayed on petrol pumps, energy bills, and airline tickets to encourage consumers to question their own use of fossil fuels, say health experts in The BMJ today. (2020-03-30)

Studies confirm breast surgery health benefits
New studies highlighting the chronic health burden of oversized breasts outline the long-term benefits of breast reduction surgery to health, levels of wellbeing, and quality of life. The 12-year study compared feedback from more than 200 Australian women before and after having breast reduction surgery for the painful condition of breast hypertrophy - calling to task private and public health system funding for the surgery. (2020-03-29)

Concern over industry support for wider access to medical cannabis
An investigation by The BMJ has uncovered links between groups and individuals campaigning for wider access to cannabis for medical reasons and those pushing for the legalization of cannabis for recreational use. (2020-03-18)

Call for older people in poor countries to be considered in global responses to COVID-19
Current guidance on coronavirus 'largely ignores' the implications for public health and clinical responses in light of those most at risk, according to an international group of global health experts. (2020-03-13)

Poor sleep in infancy linked to behavioral and emotional problems in toddlers
Disrupted and poor quality sleep in the earliest months of a child's life can be an indicator of depression, anxiety and behavioral problems among toddlers, according to a new study. (2020-03-10)

Food prices after a hard Brexit could increase by £50 per week
A hard Brexit could result in a family of four seeing their food prices increase to up to £50.98 per week researchers at the University of Warwick have found. If we leave with a deal the increase could be as little as £5.80 per week, or £18.17. (2020-03-09)

Novel use of robotics for neuroendovascular procedures
The advanced technology has the potential to change acute stroke treatment. (2020-03-02)

Quitting smoking during the first trimester of pregnancy still puts the baby at risk
Although quitting smoking during the first trimester of pregnancy reduces the risk of low birth weight, it isn't enough to protect the unborn child from being born shorter and with smaller brain size, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The study looked at 1.4 million mother-child pairs in Finland. (2020-02-26)

E-cigarette users are exposed to potentially harmful levels of metal linked to DNA damage
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have completed a cross-sectional human study that compares biomarkers and metal concentrations in the urine of e-cigarette users, nonsmokers, and cigarette smokers. They found that the biomarkers, which reflect exposure, effect, and potential harm, are both elevated in e-cigarette users compared to the other groups and linked to metal exposure and oxidative DNA damage. (2020-02-20)

Genetic profile may predict type 2 diabetes risk among women with gestational diabetes
Women who go on to develop type 2 diabetes after having gestational, or pregnancy-related, diabetes are more likely to have particular genetic profiles, suggests an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The findings provide insight into the genetic factors underlying the risk of type 2 diabetes and may inform strategies for reducing this risk among women who had gestational diabetes. (2020-02-13)

Yale study adds to evidence of diabetes drug link to heart problems
A new study published by The BMJ adds to evidence that rosiglitazone -- a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes -- is associated with increased risk of heart problems, especially heart failure. (2020-02-11)

Study busts 9 to 5 model for academic work
An observational study of academic working hours has identified large differences in how researchers around the world manage their work-life balance. (2019-12-19)

Deprivation strongly linked to hospital admissions
People who live in areas of higher than average deprivation are more likely to be admitted to hospital and to spend longer in hospital, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The difference was particularly pronounced among manual workers and those with lower education level. (2019-12-18)

Outpatient antibiotic prescriptions written without documented reason 18% of the time
A study of outpatient visits to health care providers in the United States during a one-year period suggests 18 percent of antibiotic prescriptions were written without a documented reason for doing so. (2019-12-12)

Major political events linked to mood decline among young US doctors
Major political events, such as the 2016 presidential election and inauguration, were associated with declines in mood among young US physicians, finds a study in the Christmas issue of The BMJ. (2019-12-09)

How does political news affect moods? New study in young doctors shows real-time effects
They work in a bubble of 80-hour work weeks, and 24-hour shifts. The constant stress wears on their mental health. But for first-year doctors who started their careers in the past few years, a new study shows that certain political events pierced that bubble of intense training. In fact, some political events affected their mood just as much as the intense first weeks of their training had. (2019-12-09)

Time to stop commercial distortion of healthcare evidence and practice, experts urge
It's time to stop the endemic financial entanglement with industry that is distorting the production and use of healthcare evidence, causing harm to individuals and waste for health systems, argue an influential group of international experts in The BMJ today. (2019-12-03)

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)

Air pollution linked with new causes of hospital admissions
Several diseases have been linked for the first time with exposure to short-term air pollution. The associations between air pollution exposure and hospital admissions for a host of diseases remained consistent even when daily air pollution levels were below the current guideline from the World Health Organization. Air-pollution related illnesses and deaths are linked with substantial economic costs in the US. (2019-11-27)

One third of UK doctors may suffer from workplace 'burnout'
One in three UK doctors working in obstetrics and gynecology may suffer from workplace burnout, which could affect their wellbeing and how they treat patients. (2019-11-25)

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)

Evidence backs women's choice on where to have their babies
Healthy women have more than twice the chance of a normal labour and birth in a planned birth centre birth compared to a planned hospital birth, a major Australian study has found. The study of more than 1.2 million Australian births was led by Professor Caroline Homer of the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health at UTS. It is the first comprehensive examination of maternal and perinatal outcomes from three birth settings across Australia. (2019-10-29)

Calories in popular UK restaurant chain dishes can be 'shockingly high' warn experts
The calorie content of popular starters, sides and desserts served in UK restaurant chains is too high and only a minority meet public health recommendations, finds a University of Liverpool study published in BMJ Open. (2019-10-09)

WVU-led study reveals uptick in suicide and fatal drug overdoses among blacks, Hispanics, women
New research from Ian Rockett, professor emeritus of the WVU School of Public Health, shows that suicides among blacks, Hispanics and women are underreported. (2019-10-08)

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)

Experts advise against routine bowel cancer testing for all over-50s
Routine testing for bowel cancer should not be recommended for everyone aged 50-79 years because, for those at very low risk, the benefit is small and uncertain and there are potential harms, say a panel of international experts in The BMJ today. (2019-10-02)

New calculator will help clinicians diagnose diabetes more accurately
A new calculator developed by the University of Exeter will help clinicians classify whether a patient has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, ensuring they get the best treatment and reducing complications. (2019-09-26)

Tobacco giants still marketing cigarettes despite plain packaging legislation
The study from Bath's Tobacco Control Research Group suggests governments implementing legislation for plain packaging for cigarettes need to close loopholes. (2019-09-24)

Study casts doubt on effectiveness of named GP scheme
An NHS scheme to give every patient aged 75 and over in England a named GP responsible for their care has failed to deliver hoped-for improvements, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care. (2019-09-23)

Lollies, vitamins and fish-shaped sauce containers hit the MRI mark
A study by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, has identified four common items that could be cheaper and equally effective alternatives to commercial markers for use in MRI scanning to pinpoint specific anatomical areas or pathologies being scanned. (2019-09-09)

Global analysis finds early onset colorectal cancer rising in many high-income countries
A new American Cancer Society study finds that colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence is increasing exclusively in young adults in nine high-income countries spanning three continents. (2019-09-05)

Lower risk for heart failure with new type 2 diabetes drug
The new type of drugs for type 2 diabetes, the so-called SGLT2 inhibitors, are associated with a reduced risk of heart failure and death as well as of major cardiovascular events, a major Scandinavian registry study led from Karolinska Institutet reports in The BMJ. (2019-08-29)

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