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BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2794

The Back Pocket Travel Guide to Sexual Health around the World has recently been published by Marie Stopes International. The organisation, which provides advice about all things sexual and reproductive, says it always sees an increase in the number of people requesting testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and women seeking pregnancy termination, as a result of unplanned “holiday liaisons.” To order copies for waiting rooms and pharmacies to help deal with sexual slip ups call 020 7034 2382, or for more information go to

Ghreline, a hormone produced in the stomach that induces hunger, may also be involved in the development of alcohol dependence. When researchers administered ghrelin to mice, the mice consumed more alcohol. When they blocked the action of the hormone the mice consumed less alcohol. To confirm their theory, the team then directly administered ghrelin into the brain reward nodes and noted that alcohol consumption rose by 45% compared with mice that received saline. They suggest that the ghrelin system provides a novel target …

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