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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7046

WHO recommends isoniazid to prevent TB in people with HIV: All children and adults infected with HIV, including pregnant women and people taking antiretrovirals, should be given isoniazid to protect them from contracting tuberculosis, say new guidelines from the World Health Organization. WHO recommends that isoniazid be provided for 6-36 months or as a lifelong treatment in areas with a high prevalence of HIV and tuberculosis.

Haiti’s cholera epidemic will last a year, says WHO: The cholera epidemic in Haiti is likely to peak in a few weeks in some places and in a few months in others, said the World Health Organization, but is likely to last at least 12 months. The number of cases continues to rise, especially in remote areas, and the need for more doctors, nurses, and medical supplies is pressing, it said.

UK government proposes change to drugs body: Plans in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill propose removing the requirement for the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs to include a doctor, a dentist, a vet, a pharmacist, a drug industry expert, and a scientist from another branch of chemistry. The council advises the UK government on drugs policy.

Dutch response to Q fever was too slow: The Dutch government “could and should” have acted more swiftly in tackling the “largest ever” epidemic of the zoonotic disease Q fever, caused by Coxiella burnetii bacteria found among domesticated ruminants, concludes an official inquiry. Since 2005 about 4000 people in dairy goat farming areas in the Netherlands have been infected.

Europe gets new network for psychiatry and psychotherapy societies: Psychiatry and psychotherapy professional societies from 22 European countries have founded a new network to represent common interests at the European Union level and to facilitate exchange of information between national societies. The network was announced in late November in Berlin at the annual meeting of the German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, which initiated the network.

Website launches resource on menopause: Interviews with more than 40 women about their experiences of the menopause have been posted on the website of the Health Experiences Research Group at the University of Oxford. Jenny Hislop, a senior researcher in the group and who led the qualitative research, said, “On this website you will hear wonderful language and personal descriptions of the menopause.” See

UK won’t get prostate cancer screening: The UK National Screening Committee is not recommending the development of a screening programme for prostate cancer after finding that the harms from using prostate specific antigen testing for screening outweigh the benefits. The committee will review its advice in three years or earlier if there is major new peer reviewed evidence.

Leads are named for Commission on Assisted Dying: Graeme Catto, former chairman of the UK General Medical Council, Sam Ahmedzai, professor of palliative medicine at Sheffield University, and the independent peer and psychiatrist Elaine Murphy are among the members of the new Commission on Assisted Dying, to be chaired by the former lord chancellor Charles Falconer. The commission will consider whether the law in England and Wales should be changed to allow people to choose help in dying (BMJ 2010;341:c6884, doi:10.1136/bmj.c6884).


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