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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7442.776 (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:776

A randomised, double blind, placebo controlled clinical trial of the efficacy of treatment with zinc or vitamin A in infants and young children in India has found an interesting sex difference. Zinc significantly reduced the duration of fever and very ill status in boys with severe acute lower respiratory infection, but not in girls. Vitamin A offered no benefit, which was surprising because other studies have shown that vitamin A supplementation in children in developing countries substantially reduces all cause mortality (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2004;79: 430-6

“Spaghetti syndrome” may become an entity of the past as wireless technology comes in from the cold. Gone will be the days of trailing lines, cables, and sensors around critical care beds. One serious concern is potential interference with medical devices, leading to compromised patient care, but this issue may have been overstated. Bluetooth, the short range radiofrequency link proposed as one of the remedies for spaghetti syndrome, has now been shown not to interfere with medical devices, and vice versa (Anesthesia and Analgesia 2004;98: 566-7

Most journals publish corrections. A study of published errata linked to randomised controlled trials, in Health Information and Libraries Journal …

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