Seven days in medicine: 2-8 January

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 07 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i9

Saturday 2nd

BMJ appeal update Readers have so far raised £15 000 for Doctors of the World in The BMJ’s Christmas appeal, which runs until the end of January.

Councils call for calorie count on alcohol labels The Local Government Association, which represents around 400 councils in England and Wales, said that the effect of hidden calories in alcohol is contributing to the UK’s obesity crisis. Its criticism echoed that of the Royal Society for Public Health, which has called for calorie labels to be put in place, as well as MEPs’ calls in 2015 for calorie labels to be put on all alcoholic drinks in a vote at the European Parliament, although that vote was not binding.

Sunday 3rd

Government gives go ahead to e-cigarettes on NHS The Department of Health confirmed that e-Voke, an e-cigarette that has been given a UK licence as a smoking cessation aid, will be allowed to be prescribed on the NHS when it becomes available. The Royal College of General Practitioners warned that GPs could be overwhelmed with requests for the device, which is made by …

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