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Awareness of aldosteronism . . . and other stories

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2210 (Published 16 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2210

Primary aldosteronism

A register based investigation from Sweden reveals a steep increase in the incidence of primary aldosteronism. New cases rose from 2 per million/year between 1987 and 1996 to 17 per million/year between 2007 and 2016 (J Clin Endocrinol Metabol doi:10.1210/clinem/dgab327). This trend was largely driven by improved awareness of the condition and an increasing detection rate. Even so, estimates of prevalence suggest that primary aldosteronism is still substantially underdiagnosed.

Religious belief and mental health

Some evidence suggests that attendance at religious services is associated with better mental health. Plausible mechanisms include a reduced risk of loneliness and higher levels of social integration. However, data from a British …

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