BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39345.661794.801 (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:676

Minerva is a great supporter of disease prevention strategies, but she was taken aback to learn from an employee at the World Health Organization that WHO has adopted a policy of not employing smokers in any capacity. Advertisements for jobs apparently now include a rider that smokers “need not apply.” Doubtless it's only a matter of time before obese people are sidelined too.

Alcohol absorption differs from person to person, and the type of “mixer” consumed with alcohol is one of the influencing factors. Volunteers participated in a study of vodka mixed with still water, carbonated water, or no mixer at all, consumed over five minutes and followed by an overnight fast. Alcohol concentrations in breath showed that 20 of the 21 participants absorbed the diluted vodka faster than the neat vodka, and that absorption was significantly quicker with a mixer of carbonated water (Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 2007;14:398-405 doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2006.12.010).

In the absence of any obvious task, the adult brain shows spontaneous and intrinsic resting …

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