BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5298 (Published 09 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5298

Are you looking for a worthwhile charity to support this Christmas? Wikipedia is on a drive to raise $7.5m (£4.5m; €5m), but so far they have raised only $0.9m. Currently, 85 000 volunteers are working on 14 million articles in 260 languages. The online encyclopaedia is one of the most astounding products of the internet age, and it doesn’t charge users a penny or subsidise its costs with advertising.

Women and older people who have heart attacks take longer to get to hospital than men and younger people. Older women experienced the greatest delays in seeking timely medical care. A systematic review of 42 studies using data from 1960 to 2008 showed that these age and sex differences have remained stable over time. Several studies suggested that education, comorbidities, and psychosocial factors accounted for delays in getting to hospital, and that the relation between these factors differed according to sex (Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 2009; published online 24 November; doi:10.1161/circoutcomes.109.884361).

A study has shown that political beliefs can influence how some people perceive the …

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