Bmj Usa: Minerva

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BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjusa.02100011 (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E159

From BMJ USA 2002;October:586

Playing soothing music in doctors' waiting rooms can alleviate the stress of waiting for a doctor who is running late and provides a sound barrier to prevent reception staff being overheard on the phone. A review commissioned by the Performing Rights Society (which issues licenses for music to be played in public places) found that the benefits of music extend to reducing patients' anxiety and in some cases, even reduces the perception of pain (Health Which? 2002;Aug:5).

People with fungal infections of the toenails are unlikely to get better if given only topical treatment. A review of research reports (Archives of Dermatology 2002;138:811–816) found clear evidence that the most effective regimen was three months of oral terbinafine. There was one caveat: most of the published research was funded by the pharmaceutical industry.

Short term weight loss due to reducing fat intake and …

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