BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7006 (Published 02 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7006

One in three women in Britain who have one abortion will go on to have at least one more. Data from the second National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles were used to describe the characteristics of women who had two or more abortions compared with those who had just one. Women who had multiple abortions were more likely to have left school at an earlier age, been younger at first sexual experience, and report a greater number of sexual partners than those who had a single abortion (Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 2011;37:209-15, doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2011-000063).

Why do people with cancer die in hospital? A retrospective review of almost 800 patients in Northern Ireland identified three reasons: a quarter were diagnosed with cancer during their last hospital admission (they tended to be older, single, and with fewer co-morbidities); a large proportion were admitted as an emergency with significant physical symptoms relating to cancer; and many were stuck there despite requesting …

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