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BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:540
  1. Harvey Marcovitch, BMJ syndication editor (

    South Asians with chronic pain may be vitamin D deficient

    In a population survey, one in seven South Asians living in the UK reported chronic widespread pain—nearly twice as many as age and sex matched European patients in the same practice. In a second study, South Asians living in the UK had much lower blood concentrations of calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin-D3) than European controls: < 10 mg/ml in 70%. Almost all the Asian women with widespread pain were deficient in vitamin D. Confidence intervals were wide, however, meaning that the finding should be regarded as provisional, pending a larger study.

    Nurses can diagnose migraine and tension headache accurately

    A specially trained neurology nurse and a consultant neurologist were equally effective in diagnosing migraine or tension headache in 239 patients who had been screened as having non-acute symptoms. Both nurse and doctor, …

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