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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:370
  1. Harvey Marcovitch, BMJ syndication editor (

    Over the counter emergency contraception reduces A&E workload

    The number of patients requesting emergency contraception at the accident and emergency departments of two south London hospitals fell by more than half after a change in legislation permitted women aged over 16 to obtain progestogen-only contraception over the counter at pharmacies. The authors express concern over the high cost (£20 (€28, $34)), limited opening hours of pharmacies, and patients' unawareness of the change in availability.

    Emerg Med J 2004;21: 67-8

    Melanoma rates are higher in some jobs

    Exposing your skin to the sun is not the only risk factor for developing melanoma, according to a nationwide survey of Swedish men followed for 18 years. The risk was greater in those so exposed (in Sweden largely confined to harbour masters …

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