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Letters Mortality and the pill

Wrong conclusions drawn, again

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 11 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2523
  1. Joel Brind, professor1
  1. 1Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, NY 10010, USA
  1. joelbrind{at}

    Hannaford and colleagues again made headlines in the popular press with their claim of a 12% decrease in the rate of death from any cause with oral contraceptive use,1 echoing the similar reduction in overall incidence of cancer claimed for their 2007 paper.2 However, once again,3 detailed analysis suggests no such benefit, and even an opposite trend, given current trends of oral …

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