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Special care plan does not slow decline in patients with Alzheimer's
A special dementia care plan, involving regular assessments of patients with Alzheimer's disease in specialist memory clinics, does not slow functional decline compared with usual care, finds a study published on today. (2010-06-03)

If you don't brush your teeth twice a day, you're more likely to develop heart disease
Individuals who have poor oral hygiene have an increased risk of heart disease compared to those who brush their teeth twice a day, finds research published today on (2010-05-27)

Some statins have unintended effects and warrant closer monitoring, study finds
The type and dosage of statin drugs given to patients to treat heart disease should be proactively monitored as they can have unintended adverse effects, concludes a new study published on (2010-05-26)

Single-lens distance glasses reduce falls in active older people
Providing single-lens distance glasses to older people who wear multifocal glasses and who regularly take part in outdoor activities is a simple and effective way of preventing falls, concludes a study published on today. (2010-05-25)

What's more important in the obesity battle -- physical activity or medical treatment?
Experts disagree on today about the best way to tackle the obesity crisis. While Professor Louise Baur and colleagues from the Children's Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney in Australia acknowledge that (2010-05-25)

Antibiotic resistance lasts up to a year
Patients prescribed antibiotics in primary care may develop a resistance that lasts up to 12 months, according to research published on today. (2010-05-18)

Young infants are not sufficiently protected against measles
Young infants appear to have a gap in their protection against measles, from around two to three months old until they are vaccinated at 12 months of age, finds new research published on today. (2010-05-18)

BMJ investigation raises concerns over NHS whistleblowing policies
Despite laws to protect NHS workers who wish to raise concerns about patient care, a BMJ investigation reveals that some NHS trusts still make it hard for staff to speak out. (2010-05-18)

New collaboration with Cleveland Clinic offers online medical education credits to BMJ readers
The BMJ has joined forces with the Cleveland Clinic in the US to offer certified continuing medical education credits to all of its readers. (2010-05-13)

Low umbilical cord pH at birth linked to death and brain damage
Low umbilical cord blood pH at birth is strongly associated with serious outcomes such as infant death, brain damage and the development of cerebral palsy in childhood, concludes a study published on today. (2010-05-13)

Community program halves fall rate among older people
A community based falls prevention service reduced the rate of falls among older people by 55 percent, finds a study published on today. (2010-05-11)

Removal of financial incentives for clinical quality linked to poorer performance
The removal of financial incentives attached to measures of clinical quality is associated with slight drops in performance levels, according to research published on today. (2010-05-11)

Are enhanced pharmacy services value for money?
Recent changes to the NHS community pharmacy contract in England and Wales have led to a range of services, like smoking cessation and supervised methadone administration, which were once the reserve of general practitioners but which will now be provided through a private market dominated by large corporations. (2010-05-11)

Only a policy of presumed consent will improve organ donation rates, say experts
The Organ Donor Taskforce is unrealistic if it thinks that it can dramatically increase donation rates without adopting a policy of presumed consent, say experts on today. (2010-05-04)

It's not what politicians say but what we hear
There is increasing evidence that individuals interpret the same election message in different ways, according to their personal political views, say experts on today. (2010-04-27)

Students who have difficulties at medical school more likely to face
Doctors who are male, from lower income groups and have experienced academic difficulties at medical school are more likely to find themselves in front of the General Medical Council for professional misconduct, according to research published on today. (2010-04-27)

HPV test detects more pre-cancerous cells than conventional smear test
Human papillomavirus screening detects more cervical severe pre-cancerous lesions than conventional cervical screening, finds a study published on today. (2010-04-27)

Selecting high-risk patients for heart screening
Using routine data from electronic patient records to select individuals at high risk of developing heart disease, rather than screening all adults aged 40-74 years of age, is just as effective at saving lives but will be cheaper to run, according to research published on today. (2010-04-25)

Is patient coding making hospitals appear better than they are?
In this week's BMJ, Nigel Hawkes, freelance journalist and director of Straight Statistics, a campaign for the better use of statistical data, investigates how the way that patients are allocated diagnostic codes by a hospital can have a big effect on a hospital's performance. (2010-04-25)

Men from deprived areas less likely to be treated for prostate cancer
Men living in deprived areas are far less likely to be treated with the most common types of radical treatment for prostate cancer than those in more affluent places, says a study published on today. (2010-04-22)

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 today. (2010-04-20)

Concern over hearing loss from personal music players
Young people who listen to personal music players for several hours a day at high volume could be putting their hearing at risk, warns an expert in an editorial published on today. (2010-04-20)

Computer model better than clinical judgment for diagnosing fever in young children
A computerized diagnostic model outperforms clinical judgment for the diagnosis of fever in young children, and may improve early treatment, finds a study published on today. (2010-04-20)

Commissioning in the English NHS should be abandoned
Commissioning in the English NHS is a failing system that needs to be abandoned, says a public policy expert in an editorial published on today. (2010-04-15)

Banning trans fats would save lives, say doctors
Banning trans fats from all foods in the UK would prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths every year, and would be a simple way to protect the public and save lives, say two senior doctors on today. (2010-04-15)

Weight-loss surgery lowers risk of pregnancy complications in obese women
Obese women who undergo bariatric surgery before having a baby have a much lower risk of developing serious health problems during pregnancy, finds a study published on today. (2010-04-13)

Annual chlamydia screening may not protect women from pelvic inflammatory disease
It is unlikely that single screening for chlamydia will prevent women developing pelvic inflammatory disease in the following year, according to research published on today. (2010-04-08)

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 today. (2010-04-01)

Will genetics ever have the promised impact on medical practice?
Since the discovery of gene sequencing in the late 1970s, it was predicted that genetics would revolutionize medicine and provide answers to the causes of many of our common killers. But has genetic research delivered its promise? Experts debate the issue on today. (2010-03-30)

Experts call to end secrecy surrounding approval of new drugs
Changes are urgently needed to end the secrecy surrounding approval of new drugs in Europe, argue experts on today. (2010-03-30)

CONSORT 2010: Leading journals publish new guidelines to improve trial reports
New guidance to improve the reporting of trial findings is published simultaneously today (March 2010) by PLoS Medicine and eight other leading journals around the world, BMJ, the Lancet, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Annals of Internal Medicine, Open Medicine, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, BMC Medicine and Trials. (2010-03-24)

Study questions whether screening really cuts breast cancer deaths
A study from Denmark published on today finds no effect of the Danish screening program on breast cancer deaths. (2010-03-23)

Leading journals publish new guidance to improve trial reports
New guidance to improve the reporting of trial findings is published simultaneously today by the BMJ and eight other leading journals around the world. (2010-03-23)

Advance care planning improves end of life care and reduces stress for relatives
Advance care planning improves end-of-life care and reduces stress, anxiety and depression in surviving relatives, according to new research published on today. (2010-03-23)

Women with swine flu 13 times more likely to suffer critical illness if they are pregnant
Pregnant women in Australia and New Zealand who had swine flu were 13 times more likely to be admitted to hospital with a critical illness, according to research published on today. (2010-03-18)

Do financial interests result in positive results in scientific research?
Virtually all of the scientific authors who provided positive results for the anti-diabetic drug rosiglitazone had financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies, according to research published on today. (2010-03-18)

Staples lead to higher risk of infection after joint surgery than traditional stitches
Using metal staples to close wounds after orthopedic (joint) surgery can lead to a greater risk of infection than using traditional nylon sutures, concludes a study published on today. (2010-03-16)

Integrated care can cut chronic back pain work disability by 4 months
A program of integrated care, directed at both the patient and the workplace, can help people with chronic low-back pain return to work, on average, four months earlier than those receiving usual care, finds a study published on today. (2010-03-16)

Obesity and alcohol act together to increase the risk of liver disease
Two studies published on today show that obesity and alcohol act together to increase the risk of liver disease in both men and women. (2010-03-11)

UBC scientist honored with BMJ's Junior Doctor of the Year Award
BMJ Group, publisher of the British Medical Journal, has recognized UBC Clinical Associate Prof. Evan Wood with its first annual Junior Doctor of the Year honor. Wood, a lead researcher at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, was selected from more than 100 nominations from Britain, Sudan, Iraq, Australia and Brazil for his research in and contribution to HIV, public health, illicit drug policy and addiction. (2010-03-11)

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