BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39029.712199.471 (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1078

Up to 1500 homeless and vulnerable people are expected to visit the 35th Crisis Open Christmas at one of seven London venues between 23 and 30 December. Medical services are now an integral part of what's on offer, and a host of volunteers are needed. Apart from nurses, doctors, and health promotion experts, Crisis is also on the look out for practice managers and medical receptionists. To find out more call 020 7426 3872, apply online at www.crisis.org.uk/volunteering, or email volunteering@crisis.org.uk.

Researchers found that medical students, who are assumed to be good at memorising words at the best of times, performed 8% better on a word learning task after they'd taken an electrically enhanced snooze. This was achieved by applying a gentle current to the brain during the non-rapid eye movement phase of sleep, five times over half an hour. The effect wasn't found with any other current frequency or during any other phase of sleep (Nature online 5 Nov 2006 doi: 10.1038/nature05278).

It's the lot of mothers to be blamed for anything that goes wrong with their offspring. A study of 33 mothers with eating disorders and 23 control mothers looked at their eating …

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