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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5338

Stronger warnings are needed on risks of alcohol: European experts in oncology, public health, and nutrition have urged doctors to give clearer messages that drinking any amount of alcohol increases the risk of cancer. Speaking at an Amsterdam conference hosted by the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy they cited a growing body of research, ranging from a WHO meta-analysis to a recent paper in the US journal Pediatrics (2010;125:e1081-7, doi:10.1542/peds.2009-2347).

Four in 10 urban US gay men don’t know their HIV status: A fifth of gay or bisexual men in major US cities are infected with HIV, and nearly half (44%) don’t know whether they are infected, says a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (2010;59;1201-7) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Younger men, men from ethnic minorities, and men on lower incomes were more likely to be HIV positive.

NICE citizens council supports use of incentives for better health: Two thirds (20 of 32) of a UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence advisory group that is made up of members of the public voted in favour of incentive schemes that encourage a healthy lifestyle, such as supermarket vouchers for pregnant women who give up smoking, providing conditions such as follow-up are put in place. Those who voted against were concerned about a lack of evidence on the long term benefits of such schemes. The public can comment on the views of the Citizens Council before its report is presented to the NICE board for consideration (

EU consults on strengthening rules on tobacco rules: The European Commission is inviting input on how to strengthen existing European Union tobacco legislation to increase the public’s awareness of the dangers of smoking. The consultation runs until 19 November 2010 (

Call to quantify risk of infertility after chlamydia infection: More research is needed to assess the relative risks of infertility resulting from Chlamydia trachomatis infection and how best to manage it, say new guidelines from the British Fertility Society. The guidelines, published in Human Fertility (2010;13:115-25, doi:10.3109/14647273.2010.513893), say that there is currently a lack of solid evidence for estimating the relative risks of long term adverse reproductive consequences after chlamydia infection in men and women.


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