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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 25 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1801

MRSA infection rate falls: The number of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in England has fallen by 57% compared with 2003-4, when the target was set, figures published by the Health Protection Agency show. It brings the risk of becoming infected with an MRSA bacteraemia to its lowest for five years. See

Euthanasia call angers dementia trust: The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Trust has objected to calls by philosopher Mary Warnock for research into the point when people with dementia are still sufficiently mentally competent to decide whether they would rather die …

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