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Breast feeding rates in Scottish mothers improve but will fail to hit Government targets
In 1994 the Scottish Office set a target that by 2005, half of all mothers should still be breastfeeding when their babies are six weeks old. A paper in this week's BMJ by Tappin and colleagues shows that breastfeeding at seven days has increased by 6.4 per cent between 1990-1 to 1997-8. (2001-05-31)

Over a third of deaths after discharge from intensive care are preventable
Death after discharge from intensive care may be reduced by 39% if at risk patients were to stay in intensive care for another 48 hours, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2001-05-24)

High rates of caesarean section in Chile do not reflect patient choice
In Chile, the rate of caesarean sections in women with private health insurance is double that of those in the public sector, yet this does not reflect patients' choice, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2000-12-14)

The English patient -- facing covert privatisation of the NHS
Government proposals to allow NHS bodies to levy charges for the personal elements of care will fundamentally change the way some English patients receive health care, says an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2000-08-10)

Job burnout of cancer care workers
Dr. Eva Grunfeld and colleagues surveyed 1016 physicians, allied health professionals and support staff in the Ontario cancer care system about job stress and found that about one- third of the respondents in each group are considering leaving their jobs. (2000-07-24)

Gender bias in salaries among Pennsylvania M.D.'s, find University of Pittsburgh researchers
Male physicians in Pennsylvania earn 14 percent more money than their female counterparts, report investigators from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health in the July 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. (2000-07-16)

Pennsylvania's Early Discharge law results in increased health care costs
A study by neonatologists at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to assess the effectiveness and impact of Pennsylvania's Early Discharge legislation found that the law was effective in keeping new mothers and their babies in the hospital longer. The study also found that the legislation resulted in higher health care costs. (2000-05-13)

Waiting lists initiatives have not diminished the demand for private medicine
The demand for privately funded surgery has remained high despite years of effort to reduce NHS waiting lists, suggests research from the University of Nottingham in this week's BMJ. (2000-03-30)

New study details link between working conditions and problem pregnancies; Authors call for better maternity leave policies
Physically demanding working conditions lead to a significant risk of adverse outcomes for pregnant women, demonstrating the need for a better national maternity leave policy, according to a new study by researchers in the University of Michigan Health System. Their study comes amidst a growing national debate over maternity leave guidelines. (2000-03-30)

University Of Chicago Professor Wins $50,000 Bristol-Myers Squibb Award For Distinguished Achievement In Infectious Disease Research
Bernard Roizman, Sc.D., the world's leading expert on herpes simplex virus (HSV), and Joseph Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of molecular genetics & cell biology and biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Chicago, has been named the winner of the eighth annual Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Infectious Disease Research. (1998-11-05)

Nurses Can Safely Manage Half Of Out Of Hours Calls In Primary Care
Val Lattimer and colleagues from the University of Southampton report on their trial to assess the safety and effectiveness of nurse telephone consultation in out of hours primary care. They found that the system halved the out of hours workload of general practitioners and was at least as safe as the existing service. (1998-10-16)

General Practice Management Of Diabetes Can Be As Good As Hospital Care
Dr. Simon Griffin from the University of Southampton reports that selected primary care teams, when supported by a central computerised prompting system (for both doctor and patient) were able to achieve standards of care for diabetes patients as good or better than hospital outpatient follow up, at least in the short term. (1998-08-07)

Sociologists Find Family-Friendly Benefits Aren't Shared Equally
Sociologists at the University of Cincinnati have released the second in a series of reports on the relationship between work and family structure. Survey results indicate that many employers do offer family-friendly benefits, but managers are more likely than blue-collar workers to receive them. (1998-05-29)

Tipper Gore Alerts Parents About Increased SIDS Incidence During Cold Winter Weather
The cold, fall weather is bringing out the heavy clothes and blankets -- and also a warning to parents of infants from Tipper Gore, national spokesperson for the (1997-10-31)

Book For Parents On Choosing Quality Child Care
To help parents make sensible and trustworthy choices in the potentially overwhelming world of child care options, Cornell University Professor Moncrieff Cochran and wife, Eva Cochran have co-authored a new handbook that gives parents the tools to collect and assess information on child care. (1997-10-02)

Legislating Quality Of Care Will Not Work
Legislative decisions do not result in the best quality of care for patients. Three separate pieces make the case: the results of research into the influences on the state legislators who introduced bills to curb drive-by deliveries; a viewpoint by Ruth Watson Lubic--former director of the Maternity Center Association--who writes that an important opportunity was missed; and a commentary by Senator James M. Jeffords (R-VT) who speaks of constituent pressures. (1997-07-01)

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