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Seven days in medicine: 18-24 October 2017

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 26 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4924

Gun control

Firearm deaths and injuries rise after Nevada gun shows

Gun related deaths and injuries in California rose by about 70% over two weeks after gun shows were held in the neighbouring state of Nevada, which has some of the laxest gun laws in the US, a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found. However, when gun shows were held in California, which has some of the strictest gun laws, no spike in gun related incidents was seen.1 The journal also published a survey of 15 000 people in the US, in which 84.6% of respondents did not think that having a gun in the home increased the risk of suicide.2

Immigration status

Doctors urge government to end NHS checks

Doctors urged the UK government to halt its requirement for NHS trusts to check patients’ residency and immigration status and demand payment from those who cannot prove eligibility. The campaign group Docs Not Cops set up an immigration checkpoint outside the Department of Health on 23 October, the day the regulations came into force. The group said that the NHS was in the front line of the government’s attempts to create a “hostile environment” for migrants. (See also doi:10.1136/bmj.j4559)


Primary schoolchildren are getting fatter

Obesity prevalence among children in their first year at primary school in England rose for the second year in a row, up from 9.3% in 2015-16 to 9.6% in 2016-17, figures from NHS Digital showed. Obesity …

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