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Seven days in medicine: 4-10 September 2019

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 12 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5485

Physical activity

“Some exercise is good, more is better”

New mothers should do a moderate amount of exercise to help them regain strength, ease back pain, and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, the UK’s four chief medical officers advised. They advised all adults to have at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week, such as brisk walking or cycling, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity such as running. Adults aged 19-64 should do strength based activities at least two days a week—such as heavy gardening, carrying heavy shopping, or resistance exercise—to help delay the decline in muscle mass and bone density. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.l5470)

Climate emergency

NHS steps up efforts to reduce carbon footprint

The NHS will launch a series of coordinated measures to reduce its carbon output, said Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England. These will include reducing pollution from anaesthetic gases and asthma inhalers and the travel footprint of staff, patients, and visitors. One example he gave was the NHS’s aim to reduce the number of “superfluous” outpatient appointments by 30 million as part of its long term plan. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.l5458)


Immigration U-turn provides no NHS stability, says BMA

The government was forced into a U-turn on a plan to immediately end freedom of movement in a no-deal Brexit because it would be impossible to implement in time. Instead it returned to the previous …

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