What's new this month in BMJ JournalsBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7550.1145 (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1145
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Smokers risk impotence
A cross sectional survey of more than 8000 Australian men aged 16-59 has found that almost 10% had experienced erectile dysfunction for at least one month over the previous year. After adjustment for confounders such as age, marital status, and use of drugs for cardiovascular disease or diabetes, smoking remained a significant association. Intake of = 20 cigarettes per day led to an odds ratio of 1.36 (95% CI 1.05 to 1.83); intake < 20 per day had an odds ratio of 1.24 (1.01 to 1.52). The good news is that modest alcohol intake had an inverse relation. The authors say that this finding could be used to increase motivation for young men to quit smoking.
Childhood epilepsy is easily overdiagnosed
Paediatricians in Bolton reviewed 380 children referred to a clinic dedicated to “fits, faints and funny turns.” Epilepsy was confirmed in just 89; …