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BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 06 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2695

Living near roads with heavy traffic is not good for your health. Apart from the obvious concerns about accidents and respiratory problems, living in such polluted places is also associated with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis. Logistic regression modelling revealed that the increased risk of a deep vein thrombosis with proximity to a busy road is approximately linear over the observed distance range (from 718 to 0 metres), and was not modified after adjusting for background levels of particulate matter. Distance from roads was used as a proxy for exposure to traffic (Circulation 2009;119:3118-24, doi:10.1161/circulationaha.108.836163).

Intensive smoking cessation programmes started while patients with coronary heart disease are still in hospital can achieve high abstinence rates. The 12 month self reported rate of abstinence was 62% in the intensive group, compared with 46% in those who received a minimal smoking cessation intervention; rates of confirmed abstinence were 54% and 35%. Interestingly, those who were admitted for a …

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