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Seven days in medicine: 25 Sep to 1 Oct 2019

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5792 (Published 04 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5792

Vaping injuries

Cases continue to rise in US

Some 805 cases of probable lung injury and 12 deaths linked with using e-cigarettes were recorded in the United States to 26 September, up from 530 cases the week before, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1 Most people affected had vaped tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The agency has not yet identified the cause of the outbreak, but it advised the public to refrain from buying products off the street or modifying them in any way.

Screening

New equipment needs more radiologists

The Royal College of Radiologists warned that the UK government’s £200m (€224m; $245m) investment for new screening equipment in English hospitals would not improve cancer diagnoses without more staff. The government said that more than 80 trusts most in need of new computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and mammography scanners would be able to access this funding over the next two years. Jeanette Dickson, the college’s president, said, “With a 10th of radiologist jobs unfilled and a scan outsourcing spend of nearly £140m last year, English hospitals are already desperate for more radiologists.”

Scotland

Foundation training places rise

The Scottish government announced 105 additional foundation places by 2022, increasing their number to 1805, and …

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