BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7318.944 (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:944

The prevalence of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) among new cases of tuberculosis is over 3%. Its development and transmission depends on several factors—medical and social. An analysis of the determinants of MDR-TB in 11 countries shows that prior but ineffective treatment is a strong predictor of drug resistance and that, somewhat surprisingly, HIV infection is not an independent risk factor (International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 2001;5:887-93).

The British Journal of Urology is clearly desperate. The journal is looking for a new editor, and the lucky applicant will be given complete freedom and the munificent salary of £70 000 to achieve just one goal—to raise the journal's impact factor. As the impact factor was a lowly 1.243 in 1998, weak bladdered worthies will have to aim high (Lancet 2001;358(classified 22 Sep):1).

It used to be illegal in Sweden to skateboard on public paths, and it was also forbidden for anyone under the age of 12. When these bans were lifted, skateboarding injuries rose dramatically. Among 139 injured patients admitted to one large Swedish hospital, three were pedestrians who had been hit, 29% of all injuries were fractures (mainly ankle and wrist), four skateboarding children had concussion, and 26% of the injuries resulted from failed tricks (British Journal of Sports Medicine 2001;35:325-8).

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