BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7130 (Published 22 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7130

Start the New Year with a good deed. InterCare collects returned NHS prescription medication, surgical supplies, and British National Formularies, and packs them off free to a network of 116 health centres in Africa, having already established what they need (www.intercare.org.uk). General practice surgeries, hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes can all act as a single collection point, but pharmacies cannot. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain’s Code of Ethics currently precludes the re-use of returned medicines even for humanitarian purposes, although they are reviewing this policy.

Another good deed for the world. The Pan American Health Organization has created a website that offers open access to the SUPPORT Tools for evidence informed policy making (http://bit.ly/SUPPORT_Tools) in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. These tools are specifically aimed at helping policy makers to adequately integrate research evidence into their work, and the website can be linked to others that publish health evidence.

No adverse health effects of being exposed to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields arising from mobile phone base stations were identified by a trawl through human laboratory …

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