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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 02 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b836

The Dutch Hunger Winter Families Study links early programming with long-term changes (International Journal of Epidemiology 2009;38:101-9, doi:10.1093/ije/dyn158). Fingerprints are permanently established in early pregnancy, and this study reports that diabetes diagnosed after age 50 is associated with a quantitative fingerprint marker—the mean dermatoglyphic ridge count difference between fingertips one and five—irrespective of birth weight. Fingerprints, suggest the authors, may be useful in researching early fetal metabolic programming.

The internet is a popular source of direct to consumer advertising, but the quality of information is variable. A review of hip resurfacing websites found a positive correlation between the overall score of a website (assessed by a tool designed to assess quality) and the score of each website in each assessment category—credibility, usability, “currentness” of information, content relevance, content accuracy and completeness, and disclosure and bias. Websites by implant companies, doctors, and hospitals scored badly. Websites with an independent credibility check, such as Health on the Net, scored …

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