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Ageing, transport, and health. . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2205 (Published 24 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2205

Bus passes

Free bus travel for older people has unexpected health benefits, according to data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (J Epidemiol Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2017-210038). A previous analysis showed that bus passes increased travel by public transport and led to more physical activity and less adiposity. The latest study finds benefits for mental health too. Free access to public transport reduced loneliness, increased contact with children and friends, and diminished the prevalence of symptoms of depression.

Sequelae of traumatic brain injury

Evidence that traumatic brain injury carries long term consequences for cognitive function continues to …

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