BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7314.702 (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:702

Psychiatrists may contribute to the stigma of schizophrenia. A postal survey of all consultant psychiatrists working in Scotland (76% response rate) found that 95% of them thought that the consultant should tell patients their diagnosis. Only 59%, however, actually report that they do so in the first established episode of schizophrenia—and 15% said they would not use the term “schizophrenia” at all (Psychiatric Bulletin 2001;25:336-9). The authors argue that greater openness may be essential to reducing stigma.

Sales of junk foods and drinks in schools in the United States are reaching such epic levels that some states are considering legislation to limit what they see as a major cause of childhood obesity. The food industry is fighting back, though; it says that more exercise is needed, not a curb on vending machines. The schools are also angry because these machines bring in additional funding for extracurricular activities (New York Times 9 September 2001).

Pre-Neanderthal humans were more caring than previously thought. Observations of an ancient jaw fragment found in France show that all the teeth had been missing for some time before the individual died. This implies that as long as 175 000 years ago food was being cut up …

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