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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d525

Publishers reinstate free access to journals in Bangladesh: The American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the publisher Elsevier have reinstated free access to their journals, including Science and the Lancet, for people in Bangladesh, after withdrawing access rights in January along with other publishers through the World Health Organization’s Health Inter-Network for Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) (BMJ 2011;342:d196, doi:10.1136/bmj.d196).

Cholera vaccination is effective in outbreaks: A study of cholera vaccination during a major outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam, has shown that one or two doses gave 76% protection against infection (PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001003). And a modelling study showed that vaccination even 33 weeks after an outbreak is reported could be beneficial.

December drink driving campaign arrests nearly 7000: Police forces across England and Wales stopped and tested 169 838 people during the coldest December in 120 years in 2010. Despite the dangerous weather conditions 6613 people were arrested for having alcohol or drug concentrations above the legal limits, though this number was 13% lower than that in 2008. Other data showed that 7% of people breath tested after a collision were arrested after testing positive.

Fewer Americans than before want gun control: Latest figures from the Pew Research Center, which has studied attitudes to guns since 1993, show that 50% of US citizens surveyed in September 2010 wanted control of gun ownership and that 46% were in favour of the right to own guns. Until 2009 about two thirds of people favoured gun control over the right to own guns (

Social workers should have immediate access to paediatricians: New standards from the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recommend that children’s social workers have immediate access to paediatricians when they have child protection concerns. Where there is evidence of recent injury, it says, an initial strategy discussion should take place within two hours and the child should be assessed and an opinion provided within 12 hours.

European cancer institutes join network: 28 leading cancer institutes have joined EurocanPlatform, a new initiative funded by €12m (£10.2m; $16.4m) from the European Union to streamline cross border research. The project will carry out collaborative research on the prevention, early discovery, and treatment of different types of cancer.

BMA offers funds for NHS staff doing humanitarian work abroad: NHS teams planning humanitarian work overseas can apply for grants of up to £3000 (€3510; $4800) from the BMA Humanitarian Fund. The fund has £20 000 to distribute to projects in 2011 and is intended to cover costs such as travel expenses and accommodation (contact{at}


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