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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c273

Social isolation and being prone to mental health problems are just two of the issues faced by families led by single mothers. The effect on eight single mothers attending the intervention arm of a community based education and support group programme was assessed in the context of a larger randomised controlled study. Both quantitative and qualitative analysis revealed that after attending the group, these mothers identified improved self-esteem, improved support from other mothers, improved parenting skills, and improved communication with their children (BMC Public Health 2010,10:4, doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-4).

Kite strings can cause serious injuries, including electrocution, when wet and caught in power lines. Kites are banned during festive seasons in parts of Asia, where important events are often celebrated by kite flying. A motorcyclist sustained a fractured humerus and a lacerated internal jugular vein when a kite string flowed across the road. He survived to tell the tale, but the authors of this case report say that such injuries are greatly under-represented in medical literature and the hazards should be more heavily publicised (Injury 2009, …

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