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The BMJ Today: New name, new logo, new website, some bugs

1 Jul, 14 | by BMJ Group

davidpayneWriters of this daily update about new stuff published by The BMJ usually face an embarrassment of richesmore than 100 articles go online each week, along with dozens of rapid responses, video abstracts, and audio interviews. But yesterday hardly anything got published because we needed to clear the decks for a new website, which heralds the journal’s new name (The BMJ), new homepage address (, and logo (a dark blue “lozenge” in a lower case font). All this happened after 4pm British Summer Time. more…

The BMJ Today: Late nights with Iain Chalmers

12 May, 14 | by BMJ Group

David Payne “Tired” pupils aged over 16 at a private school in Surrey are to start lessons at 1.30pm.  The school’s headteacher Guy Holloway says the move is based on research by neuroscientists which says that teenagers have a biological predisposition to go to bed later and get up later, and better sleep in teenage years is linked to better mental health. more…

The BMJ Today: The climate change horse has bolted

7 Apr, 14 | by BMJ Group

David Payne Eric Chivian urges doctors to help tackle climate change, but shouldn’t the profession’s energies be spent tackling unsafe hospitals and under resourced healthcare systems? more…

Readers’ editor: Clichéd series titles, and “Save our Des”

11 Mar, 14 | by BMJ Group

David PayneLast month the journal launched the first in a series of in-depth reviews written by international experts—State of the Art—to highlight important areas of clinical medicine and academic inquiry.

So far we have published two. The first article examined the mechanisms and clinical implications of neuropathic pain and, according to Google Analytics, has been viewed 21,930 times since its publication on 5 February. It is the 10th most viewed page on, and we hope it and subsequent articles steer “an effective course between oversimplification and over-complication,” to quote one reviewer. The second article looked at drug treatments for epilepsy in adults. It went online on 28 February, and so far has 11,418 views, our 19th most popular page. more…

The BMJ Today: Sponsorship, epilepsy, and votes

3 Mar, 14 | by BMJ Group

David Payne Welcome to this new blog category, The BMJ Today. We aim to post an update each weekday of recent articles and other content to have caught our eye. We hope it will function as an online editor’s choice, chosen by different members of The BMJ’s editorial team each day.

Our first highlighted article is Drug treatment of epilepsy in adults, the latest in our in-depth “State of the Art” clinical reviews series. The article, written by Berlin based Dieter Schmidt and Steven C Schachter, from Harvard, was our second most visited article over the weekend, with 2746 visits.


David Payne: Books for the incurably curious

25 Feb, 14 | by BMJ Group

David Payne When John Keats switched from medicine to poetry he found a different way of healing people, according to Andrew Motion.

Motion, a former poet laureate, attributes his interest in medicine and literature to the Romantic poet, whose biography he wrote in 1997.

Wellcome Book Prize shortlist04Unveiling the shortlist for 2014 Wellcome book prize in London this week, Motion, chair of the judging panel (pictured foreground), described the challenge of choosing a winner from the six medically themed books, which straddle both fiction and non-fiction. more…

David Payne: Open House London’s healthy buildings

12 Sep, 13 | by BMJ

David Payne Akerman—a £12.3m community healthcare building designed by the architectual practice Henley Halebrown Rorrison—opened last year as part of the regeneration of Myatts Field North in the south London borough of Lambeth. Sandwiched between homes and a local park, the bold white building stretches for 80m and, according to its architects, was designed to mimic the flat facades of an 18th century residential terrace whilst also referencing a vast church, with arches and crossings. Interior daylight-filled spaces aspire to instil a sense of calm. The flat roof is fronted by the word “Health” in giant letters. more…

Readers’ editor: Where has all the research news gone?

3 Sep, 13 | by BMJ Group

David Payne In March 2005 Ali Tonks wrote her first weekly Short Cuts column, a summary of nine papers published in the world’s other main general medical journals. The following year we published the first of Richard Lehman’s weekly journal review blogs. more…

Readers’ editor: Homophobia and the BMJ

21 Aug, 13 | by BMJ Group

David Payne In December 2012 Doug Kamerow asked in his regular BMJ column if gay marriage improves health.

Eight months later the article attracted its first response. Gregory Gardner, a GP in the West Midlands, wanted to know why Kamerow had not mentioned the impact of same sex marriage on the health and wellbeing of children. Dr Gardner’s response cited the 2012 findings from the New Family Structures Study in the Elsevier journal Social Science Research by Mark Regnerus, associate professor of sociology at the University of Austin, Texas. more…

Readers’ editor: The Liverpool Care Pathway—anyone care outside the UK?

31 Jul, 13 | by BMJ Group

David Payne Columnist Charles Moore asked in The Spectator magazine last week if the Liverpool Care Pathway might have inspired more confidence if it had been called, say, the Oxford Care Pathway.

Was Moore referring to Oxford as an ancient seat of learning and innovation, or lazily perpetuating the myth that Liverpool is synonomous with riots, poverty, and crime and therefore incapable of either developing or inspiring confidence in a tool to deliver end of life care? (It was the city’s Marie Curie Hospice that collaborated on an end of life care pathway for use in hospitals in the late 1990s, BMJ clinical fellow Krishna Chinthapalli reminds us in his blog). more…

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