BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39506.485799.80 (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:566

Ten year follow-up data from the cardiovascular health study suggest that a one off ultrasound screening of the abdominal aorta can identify people with a clinically relevant aneurysm (Circulation 2008;117:1010-7 doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.720219). Researchers found that infrarenal aortic diameters of more than 2 cm are associated with a significantly increased risk of future cardiovascular events in women and total mortality in men.

The treatments on offer for multiple myeloma have changed over the past 10 years—but are people doing better? The answer is yes. Patients who had received one or more of the newer drugs had longer survival since relapse (30.9 v 14.8 months, P<0.001). Survival after relapse was longer in patients whose relapse had occurred since 2000 than in those whose relapse occurred before 2000 (23.9 v 11.9 months, P<0.001), independent of other prognostic factors (Blood 2008;111:2516-20 doi: 10.1182/blood-2007-10-116129).

Being exposed to a flash of light just before having a venous cannula inserted helps alleviate the pain. Of the 90 adults taking part in this study, those who were in …

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