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Health at sea . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2281 (Published 31 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2281

The stress of fishing

Workers in the deep sea fishing industry spend two or three months at a time in the cold and tough conditions of the Arctic winter, in working conditions that many people would find stressful. But a study in workers on trawlers in the Barents Sea found that, while they were away at sea, blood pressure fell, cholesterol/high density lipoprotein ratios improved, and urinary and salivary cortisols remained stubbornly in the normal range. The explanation is far from clear, although the alcohol-free conditions and regular food on board may have something to do with it (Occup Med doi:10.1093/occmed/kqy006).

Alcohol and suicide

An analysis of electronic health records of nearly 3 million people living in Wales emphasises the …

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