BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2909 (Published 10 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2909

Fibroids develop in different ways depending on whether women are black or white. A study that tracked fibroid growth using magnetic resonance imaging over one year found that each of 262 fibroids from 38 black and 34 white women grew at their own rate and that big fibroids don’t necessarily mean fast growth. For women under 35, fibroid growth rates were similar for black and white women; after 35, growth rates slowed down in white women but not in black women (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published online 1 December 2008, doi:10.1073/pnas.0808188105).

A programme aimed at reducing musculoskeletal disorders in kitchen workers sadly made little difference to their perceived physical workload or to the number of musculoskeletal disorders they experienced (Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2008;65:849-56, doi:10.1136/oem.2007.034579). 504 kitchen workers were allocated to the intervention or control groups, and 402 ergonomic changes were made. The main outcome measures included pain at seven anatomical sites, fatigue …

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