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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 29 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a996

Minerva was amazed to read that London’s cats and dogs may fare better than humans in a terrorist chemical attack on the capital. The well known poisons information service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital was set to close at the end of July, leaving queries about the effects of a chemical attack to be handled by centres elsewhere in the UK. Vets, on the other hand, will still be able to access the service in London. The service was heavily used during the attacks on London on 7 July 2005. The public health minister has been asked to reverse the decision (

Severely burnt patients with inhalational injuries have a high death rate. Surgeons compared 13 children with burns who died with 15 children who survived. They found that early changes in serum concentrations of interleukins 6, 7, and 10 may be useful for identifying which burns patients with inhalational injuries are more likely to die (Critical Care 2008;12:R81, doi: 10.1186/cc6932).

Are periods of low atmospheric …

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