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BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2174

Liver disease mortality rises in England: Deaths from liver disease in England rose by 25% in eight years from 9231 in 2001 to 11 575 in 2009, says a report from the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network. Alcohol related liver disease accounted for over a third (37%) of all these deaths. The age standardised mortality rate was highest in the north west (24 per 100 000 population) and lowest in the east of England (12.9 per 100 000).

Text messaging improves HIV drug adherence: A Cochrane review that included two Kenyan randomised controlled trials shows that sending weekly text messages to patients significantly reduced non-adherence to HIV treatment by 23% up to one year later, confirmed by lower blood concentrations of HIV (doi:10.1002/14651858.CD009756 …

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