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BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 17 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2776

Whooping cough rises in England and Wales: From January to March this year 665 confirmed cases of whooping cough were reported in England and Wales. In the whole of 2011 the number was 1040. The rise has continued from the second half of last year, with clusters in schools, universities, and healthcare settings.

FDA demands clot warnings on US labels of drospirenone: Labels in the United States on contraceptive pills containing drospirenone (marketed as Yaz) will now state that the pills may cause as much as a threefold higher risk of blood clots than other birth control pills, the US Food and Drug Administration has said. The decision comes after …

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