Bmj Usa: Minerva

Minerva

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjusa.02030004 (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E100

This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

Allowing people to carry guns marks a major cultural difference between the United States and European countries. Data from random digit dial telephone surveys conducted throughout the United States challenged Minerva's preconceptions that Americans consider it their right to carry concealed firearms everywhere (Injury Prevention 2001;7:282–285). Asked about their feelings of safety, most said they felt less safe (as more states have made it easier to carry guns), and an overwhelming 90% of citizens said they thought ordinary people should not be allowed to bring guns into public places.

More headaches: the “triptans,” 5HT1 agonists, may be expensive drugs, but compared with non-triptan therapies they more than pay for themselves in cutting the number of days taken off work, as well as cutting overall medical costs. A cost-benefit analysis from the United States concludes that sumatriptan treatment offers a positive ratio of $25 for each working day lost to migraines (Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2001;76:1093–1101). Perhaps employers should think about keeping a stock of triptans in the office.

Polygraph lie detectors rely on simultaneous blood pressure measurements, rates of breathing, and sweating. High definition thermal imaging of …

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