BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6925.424 (Published 05 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:424

Studies of the effect of drinking coffee on bone density have been contradictory, with some showing no association and others showing a link with osteoporosis or risk of hip fracture. But what of the influence of calcium intake? A study in JAMA (1994;271:280-3) confirms the finding of lower bone density in postmenopausal women who drink a lot of coffee (two or more cups a day for most of their adult lives) but adds that women who also reported drinking more than one glass of milk a day for most of their adult lives were protected.

Counselling parents whose children have cerebral palsy remains an uncertain business: the variation in severity and different types of motor problems make generalisations difficult. In a retrospective survey of 272 patients with spasticity (“Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology” 1994;36:130-4), achieving head balance before 9 months, sitting by 24 months, and crawling by 30 months all carried a good prognosis for walking, while failure to achieve head balance by 20 months was a poor prognostic sign. Almost all of the …

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