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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:972

Dutch doctors admit sex with patients: More than 3% of Dutch GPs admit to having had sexual contact with a patient, a research study has found (Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde 2004;148: 778-2). A random sample of almost 1000 GPs showed that 30 male and two female GPs admitted having had sexual contact (coitus in 24 cases).

Ban on Cuban research in US journals overruled: Scientific communities in countries that have a US trade sanction, including Cuba, can publish their work in US academic journals, the US Department of the Treasury has ruled. The US Office of Foreign Assets Control decided in September 2003 that peer reviewing and editing these papers may constitute a “service.” See (6 March, p 543).

Sex change approved for teenager in Australia: The Family Court of Australia has approved sex change treatment for a 13 year old girl. The court approved the use of a contraceptive until she reaches 16, then an irreversible hormone treatment for masculinisation. But it excluded surgery until she turned 18.

US infectious disease expert begins prison sentence: Dr Thomas Butler, an infectious disease expert, has begun a two year prison term after conviction of improper shipping of plague bacteria and defrauding Texas Tech University (20 March, p 662).

Healthcare staff infected with SARS claim compensation: The Hong Kong Labour Department has received 270 compensation claims against the Hospital Authority from doctors and nurses who were infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) last year.

SARS virus found in cats and foxes: Tests conducted in Guangdong, southern China, have found that foxes and cats harbour the coronavirus responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), not just civet cats.

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