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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3497

How we function emotionally as children influences our longer term health. A study has shown that emotional functioning at age 7 is associated with levels of C reactive protein—and therefore inflammation—in middle adulthood (Psychosomatic Medicine 2011;73:295-303, doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e31821534f6). The adult children of women enrolled in a cohort study between 1959 and 1966 were assessed using data from psychological testing at age 7 and measurement of C reactive protein as adults. Regression analysis suggested that poor emotional functioning in childhood is associated with inflammation in adulthood.

Can an exercise programme prevent anterior knee pain caused by overuse? Yes, according to a study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine (2011;39:940-8, doi:10.1177/0363546510393269). A simple set of lower limb exercises involving stretching and muscle strengthening was tested in a young military population undertaking a physical conditioning programme. It resulted in a …

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