Seven days in medicine: 23-29 January

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 28 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i480

Saturday 23rd

Support for doctors’ action rises after strike During and immediately after the UK junior doctors’ strike on 12 January, 53% of people said that the action was justified and 21% thought not, showed the results of a survey by Opinium Research in the Guardian newspaper. In October a similar survey found that 41% of the public supported the action and 26% opposed it.

Sunday 24th

Academics respond to NEJM “research parasites” criticism Academics and open data campaigners took to Twitter to respond to a provocative editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine that described as “research parasites” researchers who scrutinise other groups’ data. In opposition to the phrase, respondents posted examples of their work using the hashtag #IAmAResearchParasite. Jeffrey Drazen, NEJM editor, subsequently softened the stance in a follow-up editorial, writing that “researchers who analyze data collected by others can substantially improve human health.”

Monday 25th

UK must improve response to infectious disease emergencies The UK has “serious weaknesses” in …

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