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BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39190.509190.BD1 (Published 26 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:908

Spanish doctors are more likely to drink and drive than other university graduates, according to a study of self reported behaviour in BMCPublic Health (2007;7:55, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-7-55). Nurses of both sexes and female doctors were 1.2 times as likely to “drink-drive” as non-health workers. But male doctors were even less responsible, being twice as likely to drink-drive as non-health workers. Drink-driving behaviour was related to other “unsafe” practices, such as binge drinking, drinking every day, not wearing seat belts, and being a former smoker.

Men may have a biological clock ticking away after all. Scientists say that current studies in animals are confirming that ageing can affect male as well as female fertility (Science 2007;316:383-4, doi: 10.1126/science.1142201). In species in which females mate with many males it seems advantageous to mate with males of intermediate age, whose sperm is likely to win in competition with younger and older males. When older males do successfully mate, the offspring may end up genetically less fit.

An intriguing article in the Pharmaceutical Journal proposes getting rid of the dispensing fee that is …

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