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Seven days in medicine: 30 January to 5 February

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 04 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i659

Saturday 30th

Proton beam therapy is effective Proton beam therapy achieves similar survival to conventional photon radiotherapy in children with medulloblastoma and may be less toxic, a prospective study reported. Only 16% of children who had the more targeted proton therapy had significant hearing loss at five years, compared with 24-25% who had photon therapy, and they showed less cognitive deficit. Progression-free survival at five years was 80%, and overall survival was 83%—both similar to the results with conventional radiotherapy. (See The BMJ’s full story at doi:10.1136/bmj.i608.)

Sunday 31st

Doctors condemn Hunt’s web search advice The health secretary for England and Wales, Jeremy Hunt, was criticised by doctors for offering “ludicrous” and “potentially fatal advice” to parents who suspect their children of having a rash, the Independent newspaper reported.1 He said that parents who were worried about a child’s rash could look at photographs online, as it “may be a quicker way of getting to the bottom of whether this …

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