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BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7483.116 (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:116
  1. Harvey Marcovitch (h.marcovitch@btinternet.com), BMJ syndication editor

    Fear of racism has adverse health effects

    Expressing fear of racial harassment is associated with self reported health problems. One in four people responding to the UK fourth national survey of ethnic minorities reported being worried about the likelihood of being insulted or physically attacked or having their property damaged for reasons to do with race or colour. They were 60% more likely than unworried respondents to report that their health was “fair” or “poor.” This difference was independent of age, sex, or social class. The investigators, from University College London, call for policies to take into account the psychological environment of those who perceive themselves as potential victims as well as tackling overt racism.

    J Epidemiol Comm Health 2004;58: 1017-8

    Valproate in pregnancy may lower verbal IQ in offspring

    A retrospective survey of 219 mothers with epilepsy and 249 of their children suggests that use of valproate during pregnancy is linked with impaired verbal IQ and an …

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