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CT scans to quit smoking . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 03 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3629

Screening for lung cancer

There has been anxiety that people at high risk of lung cancer might be falsely reassured and de-motivated to stop smoking if they test negative when screened. The behaviour of smokers taking part in the UK Lung Cancer Screening trial suggests the opposite (Thorax doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209690). All participants were given smoking cessation advice and a list of local Stop Smoking services. But those randomised to computed tomography were about 50% more likely to have quit two years later.

Recovery from mild head injury

Mild head injury (defined as a Glasgow Coma Score of 13 to 15, loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes, and post-traumatic amnesia lasting less than 24 hours) turns out to be anything but …

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