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Latest press releases 

20 October

BMJ: One of world’s most influential doctors urges action to avoid evidence being ‘distorted’ by pharmaceutical industry

19 October

The BMJ: Upfront charging of overseas visitors using the NHS is a threat to everyone, argue experts

The BMJ: Teenage girls more likely to self-harm than boys

The BMJ: First time mothers with an epidural who lie down in later stages of labour are more likely to have a normal birth

18 October

The BMJ: Keeping active can help older people reduce the need for costly social care

The BMJ: New anti-clotting drugs not associated with higher risk of major bleeding

17 October

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health: Ten pence restaurant chain levy on sugary drinks linked to fall in sales

BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care: GP referral to Weight Watchers avoided type 2 diabetes in third of patients

British Journal of Sports Medicine: No evidence that widely marketed technique to treat leaky bladder/prolapse works

13 October

BMJ: BMJ Learning partners with Duodecim to support learning and development for hospital doctors in Finland

Veterinary Record: Trend for extreme breeding is now affecting horses

11 October

The BMJ: Study finds small differences in patient outcomes between male and female surgeons

The BMJ: Disturbing trends in men’s reproductive health demand urgent action

10 October

Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry: Fatty diet may boost risk of relapse in kids with multiple sclerosis

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health: Risk factors for heart health linked to marital ups and downs—at least for men

5 October

The BMJ: No clear evidence that most new cancer drugs extend or improve life

The BMJ: Multivitamins in pregnancy may be linked to lower autism risk in children

3 October

BMJ: BMJ launches new open access science journal

BMJ Case Report: Man develops severe liver damage after taking Epsom salts

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health: Delayed hospital discharges could be linked to rise in population deaths

Tobacco Control: Study estimates years of life that could be saved in US if smokers switched to e-cigarettes

28 September

The BMJ: ‘Telephone first’ approach is no panacea for reducing GP workload

The BMJ: Should we welcome plans to sell off wasted NHS land?

The BMJ: Health and social care changes "paving way for fewer services" warn experts

27 September

BMJ: BMJ’s e-learning programme set to strengthen brain trauma research

26 September

The BMJ: Tackle and scrum should be banned in school rugby, argue experts

Sexually Transmitted Infections: Certain vaginal bacteria may be linked with increased risk of chlamydia

BMJ Case Reports: Woman develops rare life-threatening condition after liposuction

Journal of Medical Ethics: What should doctors do when parents request ‘second best’ treatments for their children?

21 September

The BMJ: Inflammatory bowel disease in childhood associated with increased risk of cancer

Heart: Women with heart disease less likely to reach treatment targets than men

BMJ Open: Physically active mid-lifers more likely to be active into old age

Archives of Disease in Childhood: Training course for chronic fatigue syndrome or ME is effective for children alongside specialist care

19 September

BMJ Case Reports: Toy gun popular with kids can cause serious eye injury, warn doctors

Veterinary Record: Owners of seriously ill pets at risk of stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms

Veterinary Record: Parasitic eye infection poses significant threat to UK dogs, warn experts

13 September

The BMJ: Should Google offer an online screening test for depression?

The BMJ: Losing weight can reverse type 2 diabetes, but is rarely achieved or recorded

12 September

BMJ Open: Evidence for potential harms of light drinking in pregnancy ‘surprisingly’ limited

BMJ Case Reports: Man develops cyanide poisoning from apricot kernel extract

BMJ Open: People with disabilities face major hurdles accessing healthcare in UK

7 September

The BMJ: Study finds association between antidepressant use in pregnancy and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders in children

6 September

The BMJ: Resistance to antimicrobials is of growing concern in South-East Asia, highlights WHO

31 August

The BMJ: Staying in education linked to lower risk of heart disease

BMJ Global Health: Women in India nearly 40 times more likely to die after assault as their US peers

Injury Prevention: Climate change may be linked to spike in US road deaths in 2015

24 August

International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare 24 - 26 August 2017, Kuala-Lumpur:
London team show how video consultations can improve GP and patient experience

23 August

Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry: Methamphetamine use linked to heightened stroke risk in the young

British Journal of Ophthalmology: Antioxidant/zinc supplement cost saving and effective for degenerative eye disease

BMJ Open: Improvised explosive devices inflict much more serious injuries than land mines

22 August

The BMJ: Concerns over rise of substance misuse in “baby boomers”

The BMJ: Guidance on portraying TV suicide should be strengthened and enforced, say experts

21 August

BMJ: BMJ and Ukraine Ministry of Health announce new accreditation agreement to support continuous professional development

18 August

Student BMJ: Only one in 10 medical students exceed weekly alcohol limits, survey finds

Tobacco Control: First evidence that e-cigarettes may be prompting UK teens to try the real thing

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases: Contraceptive pill linked to lowered risk of rheumatoid arthritis

17 August

The BMJ: Broader definition of polycystic ovary syndrome risks “fear and anxiety” warn experts

The BMJ: Study shows improved survival among premature babies, but risk of developmental delay remains high

10 August

International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare 24 - 26 August 2017, Kuala-Lumpur

8 August

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health: “Alarming growth” in North-South divide early deaths among young in England
BMJ Case Reports: Dental brace wire found in woman’s bowel after 10 years

BMJ Case Reports: Man loses feeling in legs after long term denture fixative use

The BMJ: The BMJ editor urges NHS trusts to ensure fair treatment of junior doctors

3 August

Nick Brown appointed Archives of Disease in Childhood Editor in Chief

The BMJ: Study warns of increasing risk of drug withdrawal in newborns as the US opioid epidemic accelerates

The BMJ: Acid attack bystanders can make a real difference if they act fast, say experts

The BMJ: How can we achieve greater balance in future cases like Charlie Gard’s, asks expert?

Journal of Medical Ethics: Hard lessons: learning from the Charlie Gard case

31 July

Tobacco Control: Industry steps up efforts to minimise impact of open display tobacco product ban

BMJ Global Health: Taboo around vaginal bleeding endangering women’s health

27 July

The BMJ: Rise in e-cigarettes linked to rise in smokers quitting, say researchers

The BMJ: Concerns that austerity policies are reversing gains made to reduce health inequalities in England

The BMJ: Time to drop “complete the course” message for antibiotics

The BMJ: Leaving Europe’s nuclear regulator will put patients at risk, warns expert

The BMJ: Should doctors work longer shifts?

24 July

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health: Walking the dog may boost older people’s physical activity, come rain or shine

BMJ Global Health: Reported doubling in child mortality in Iraq following UN sanctions untrue

20 July

Veterinary Record: Many pet owners unable to spot an out of hours vet emergency

19 July

The BMJ: Study points to link between antidepressant use in pregnancy and autism in children

The BMJ: Healthy eating and exercise during pregnancy limits weight gain and lowers odds of caesarean section

18 July

Journal of Medical Ethics: Exclusion of mums-to-be from clinical studies unfair and potentially harmful

17 July

BMJ launches new open access healthcare improvement journal

14 July

The BMJ: Medical community must do more to tackle hospital bombings

13 July

The BMJ: WHO decision to downgrade Tamiflu “comes far too late” argues expert

The BMJ: Should we screen for cirrhosis?

10 July

The BMJ: “Universal Health Coverage is not just desirable, but achievable” says former head of WHO

British Journal of Sports Medicine: Concussion important but badly neglected issue in Para sports, say experts

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health: Young people whose pregnant mums smoked at heightened risk of antisocial behaviour

6 July

The BMJ: Study predicts over 1.2 million people in England and Wales will be living with dementia by 2040

5 July

The BMJ: The BMJ reveals a new wave of postcode rationing as pressure on NHS finances grows

3 July

British Journal of Sports Medicine: Naturally produced testosterone gives female athletes “significant” competitive edge

BMJ Open: Drugs to curb excess stomach acid may be linked to heightened risk of death

28 June

The BMJ: Higher IQ in childhood is linked to a longer life 

The BMJ: Study raises concern over accuracy of melanoma diagnoses

21 June

BMJ updates Ebola resources to support healthcare workers in Central and West Africa

New Editor-in-Chief for BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine

The BMJ: Experts set out plan to tackle “questionable integrity” of medical evidence

15 June

New Editor for Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

The BMJ: Risks of major birth defects progressively increase with mother’s overweight and obesity severity

The BMJ: Most of London’s ​NHS facilities​ exceed legal air pollution limits

12 June

BMJ launches new open access paediatrics journal

6 June

The BMJ: Ending the international arms trade could reduce terrorism and prevent the death of civilians

1 June

Injury Prevention: Use roadside mouth swabs to test drivers for cannabis use, urge experts

Injury Prevention: Adult bicycle crashes now costing US more than $24 billion/year

The BMJ: Why a regulated cannabis market would improve public health

30 May

The BMJ: Causes of major birth defects still largely unknown

25 May

The BMJ: Cuts to addiction services in England are "a false economy" warns expert

24 May

BMJ: BMJ partners with EBMcalc to better support doctors at the point of care

Heart: Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to lower risk of heart flutter (atrial fibrillation)

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases: Fibre-rich diet linked to lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases: Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory for knee osteoarthritis

19 May

The BMJ: Three candidates for WHO leader set out their vision ahead of next week’s election

17 May

The BMJ: Online abortion service can offer alternative to unsafe methods to end pregnancy

The BMJ: Treatment in hospital by older doctors linked to higher death rates

BMJ: New editor for Medical Humanities

12 May

Tobacco Control: Cut UK smokers to under 5% to lop millions off healthcare and productivity costs

BMJ Case Reports: Drug used for alcohol dependence might also treat stuttering, suggest researchers

BMJ Case Reports: Beware of parasites in raw/undercooked fish, warn doctors

11 May

The BMJ: Experts advise against surgery for almost all patients with degenerative knee damage

The BMJ: Hospitals must be prepared for ransomware attacks

9 May

The BMJ: Heightened risk of heart attacks found with common painkillers in routine use

The BMJ: Diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains may lower risk of gout

4 May

The BMJ Awards: Winners announced at The BMJ Awards 2017

BMJ: BMJ appoints new Non-Executive Director

2 May

The BMJ: Gluten-free diet not recommended for people without celiac disease

The BMJ: Brexit’s Great Repeal Bill will axe the right to health, warn experts

The BMJ: Doctors should question the value of most heavily promoted drugs

26 April

The BMJ: Government’s counterterrorism strategy is having little impact in the NHS

The BMJ: Experts make the case for ending routine blood tests

The BMJ: Patient helps doctors spot signs of exercise addiction

25 April

British Journal of Sports Medicine: Popular belief that saturated fats clog up arteries “plain wrong” say experts

24 April

British Journal of Sports Medicine:  Aerobic and resistance exercise combo can boost brain power of over 50s

Emergency Medicine Journal: Only 1 in 5 seriously injured child abuse victims treated at major trauma centres

20 April

The BMJ: Cycling or walking to and from work linked to substantial health benefits

The BMJ: Childhood adversity linked to increased suicide risk in adolescence

13 April

Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry: Cognitive function largely intact in retired professional ice hockey players, shows small study

10 April

British Journal of Ophthalmology: New chemical composition of ‘poppers’ linked to retinal damage

Journal of Clinical Pathology: Wide variability in coroner decision-making around investigating deaths

31 March

The BMJ: Should healthcare professionals breach confidentiality when a patient is unfit to drive?

29 March

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health: Every £1 spent on public health in UK saves average of £14

Occupational & Environmental Medicine: Very low frequency electromagnetic field exposure linked to motor neurone disease

28 March

The BMJ: Knee replacement surgery may have minimal effects on quality of life in those with less severe symptoms

The BMJ: Very premature babies benefit most from corticosteroids before birth

23 March

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health: Weedkiller chemical (glyphosate) safety standards need urgent review

The BMJ: Moderate drinking linked to lower risk of some - but not all - heart conditions

The BMJ: New "budget impact test" is an unpopular and flawed attempt to solve a fundamentally political problem, argue experts

21 March

Gut: Risk of liver disease and cancer starts from adolescence in overweight or obese men

BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care: Growing global temperatures could be contributing to rising diabetic numbers

14 March

Archives of Disease in Childhood: 3+ hours daily screen time linked to diabetes risk factors for kids

3 March

Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care: Trump’s policy changes put women’s sexual and reproductive health at risk, argues expert

2 March 

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: Autoimmune disease may be linked to heightened dementia risk

Occupational & Environmental Medicine: Exposure to certain insecticides linked to childhood behavioural difficulties

The BMJ: Should we commit to eradicate malaria worldwide?

1 March 

BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care: Concerns over inconsistent palliative care provision across England

The BMJ: Strong evidence supports the association between obesity and some major types of cancer

The BMJ: No increased risks to newborns linked to taking influenza drugs during pregnancy

The BMJ:  NHS sustainability plans unlikely to work without greater government commitment

23 February

BMJ Open: Brainy teens may be less likely to smoke, but more likely to drink and use cannabis

Thorax: Fruit and veg-rich diet linked to much lower risk of chronic lung disease

BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care: Severe gum disease may be early sign of undiagnosed diabetes

22 February 

The BMJ: Most off-label antidepressant prescriptions lack strong scientific evidence

The BMJ: Stop using ultrasound to speed up fracture healing, advise experts

The BMJ: Trump’s policies set to damage health and science, warns The BMJ

The BMJ: Experts raise concern over US advice to screen all adults and all teens for depression

17 February 

The BMJ Awards: Finalists announced for The BMJ Awards 2017

16 February 

The BMJ: Study reports that vitamin D supplements reduce risk of acute respiratory infections

BMJ Opinion: New legislation could harm UK’s most vulnerable children, warns child protection expert

15 February 

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care: Appointment of New Editor in Chief

10 February 

Journal of Medical Ethics: Allow some people to continue to self-injure as part of harm minimisation, says researcher

Heart Asia: Recreational amphetamine use may hasten biological ageing of the heart

9 February 

The BMJ: Is it time for a dedicated tax to fund the NHS?

The BMJ: Rising inequalities to blame for many of world’s ills, say experts

8 February 

Occupational & Environmental Medicine: Physically demanding jobs and shiftwork linked to lowered fertility in women

Tobacco Control: Teen vaping “one way bridge” to future smoking among non-smokers, say researchers 

3 February 

The BMJ: US patients treated by international doctors have lower death rates than those treated by home trained doctors

2 February 

The BMJ: Seeing the same GP associated with fewer hospital admissions

The BMJ: It’s time the NHS was smoke-free

1 February 

BMJ: BVA and BMJ appoint new editor for Veterinary Record

30 January

The BMJ:  Senior doctors urge Prime Minister to act on underfunded NHS 

26 January 

The BMJ: Anxiety and depression may be linked to increased risk of death from some cancers

The BMJ: How effective and safe is hormone treatment in pregnant women with mild thyroid problems?

The BMJ: High variability among medical experts when assessing claimants for work disability benefits

23 January 

BMJ: BMJ launches new platform to help researchers get published, discovered and cited

The BMJ: World still “grossly underprepared” for infectious disease outbreaks

20 January 

Thorax: Lead on climate change to ‘make America great again,’ respiratory doctors urge Trump

18 January 

The BMJ: The war on drugs causes massive human rights violations

The BMJ: Financial ties between researchers and drug industry linked to positive trial results

17 January 

Sexually Transmitted Infections: HIV treatment might boost susceptibility to syphilis, say researchers

Tobacco Control: Smoking related imagery absent from only one James Bond movie to date

Acupuncture in Medicine: Acupuncture may alleviate babies’ excessive crying

11 January 

The BMJ: Migraine associated with higher risk of stroke after surgery

The BMJ: Should gluten-free foods be available on prescription?

The BMJ: Low cost salt reduction policy would save millions of lives worldwide

The BMJ: Coca-Cola’s Christmas truck tour should be banned, say public health experts

10 January 

Gut: High dietary red meat intake linked to common bowel condition diverticulitis

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin: NHS England taken to task for sore throat ‘test and treat plans’ in pharmacies

9 January 

BMJ: BMJ partners with Cochrane Clinical Answers to boost knowledge at the point of care

5 January 

The BMJ: The BMJ reveals private firms run a third of CCGs’ schemes to screen GP referrals

The BMJ: “Screen and treat” approach to prevent type 2 diabetes unlikely to have major impact

3 January 

BMJ Case Reports: Woman hospitalised after developing complication of a New Year ‘detox’





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