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Seven days in medicine: 27 February to 4 March

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1247 (Published 03 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1247

Politics

Child obesity strategy is postponed

Publication of the long awaited childhood obesity strategy will be delayed until the summer, the Department of Health for England confirmed. A spokesman for the department told the Independent newspaper that “there is still work to be done to get it right.”1

Brexit makes no sense for science, says leading scientist

Paul Nurse, director of the Francis Crick Institute and former president of the Royal Society, argued that there is no credible case for the UK scientific community to support leaving the European Union. “This is why it is frankly a no-brainer for science. Science requires free movement. We need that permeability and openness to Europe to keep those collaborations,” he said. (See The BMJ’s full story at doi:10.1136/bmj.i1221)

Preventive health

Fewer women opt for breast screening

The proportion of women aged 50-70 in England who were screened for breast cancer after their first invitation fell to 63.3% in 2014-15, down from 65.8% the previous year and from 70.1% in 2004-5, figures …

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