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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1607

Efficiency savings could be made on bulk buying of surgical gloves—but there’s little objective data comparing differences in cutaneous sensibility between competing brands. London surgeons tested two types of sterile glove from two providers using the outcome measures of cutaneous pressure threshold, and static and moving two point discrimination. No objective differences were demonstrated, although subjective preferences were noted. The researchers suggest that other untested factors may underlie these subjective differences and say that more sophisticated measurements of surgical performance should be adopted next time (Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2011;93:95-8, doi:10.1308/003588411X12851639108150).

As more prostate cancer is identified and a more favourable outcome is achieved, more men with prostate cancer are actually dying of other things. Two common causes of death are so called external causes and heart failure. External causes include fractures, accidents, suicide, and iatrogenic causes. A reduction in bone mineral density is a possible mechanism induced by androgen deprivation therapy or …

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