BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4135 (Published 06 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4135

Recurrent flooding was identified by health workers and pregnant women as a lesser recognised cause of malnutrition among infants and children in the urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh (American Journal of Public Health 2011;101:1225-33, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2010.300090). Ten focus groups also accurately identified inappropriate care, inappropriate environment, and inappropriate food as major causes. The researchers say more work is needed to address the nutritional risks of flooding, especially for vulnerable populations.

A study of older patients admitted to a trauma unit for fracture found that those aged 90 and older were more likely to require admission, had longer admissions, and were less likely to return to independent living than those aged 80-89. The 120 day mortality rate associated with non-hip fractures of the lower limb was equal to that for proximal femoral fractures, and was significantly increased when surgery was delayed by more than 48 hours for all those aged …

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