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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39360.521898.471 (Published 11 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:780

Living near the surgery could get you a quicker cancer diagnosis. In northern England, patients with breast and colorectal cancer who lived further from their general practitioner's surgery were significantly more likely than those living nearby to present with late stage disease. The probability of detecting cancer at a late stage increased by about 1% for every minute of car travel time, according to a study in the European Journal of Cancer (published online 20 September 2007 doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2007.07.028).

Magnets do not relieve pain, despite the claims of those marketing them. A systematic review and meta-analysis of 29 published and potentially relevant clinical trials found that the evidence does not support the use of magnets for pain relief (CMAJ 2007;177:736-42 doi: 10.1503/cmaj.061344). The analysis considered all randomised clinical trials of static magnets for treating pain from any cause.

Prudent management of women with a history of caesarean section is recommended by the authors of …

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