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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2217

Holland holds mentally ill patients in isolation: The Dutch health minister Ab Klink has announced an investigation into the use of individual isolation units for seriously disturbed psychiatric patients. Official figures have shown that between 2004 and 2008 there were 134 cases of “separation,” each lasting more than a year. The numbers are declining, but the minister said that he was “shocked” by the figures.

Genetic link found for testicular cancer: Researchers have found the first inherited genetic risk factors for testicular cancer, reports Nature Genetics (2009 May 31, doi:10.1038/ng.394 and doi:10.1038/ng.393). A team at the Institute of Cancer Research found that many men who had cancer shared common DNA variants …

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