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The BMJ Today: Feet and fudge

25 Jul, 14 | by BMJ Group

davidpayneA calcaneal fracture can mean a two year recovery, with a stiff, painful, deformed foot that will not fit into a normal shoe.

How does operative and non-operative treatment for intra-articular fractures compare?

A research team led by Damian Griffin, professor of trauma and orthopaedic surgery at Warwick University Medical School, conclude in their randomised controlled trial that operative treatment by open reduction and internal fixation is not recommended. more…

The BMJ Today: Talking shit again

21 Jul, 14 | by BMJ Group

By the end of next month rural India could have an extra 5.2m toilets as part of a pre-election pledge by Narendra Modi, now prime minister, to build “toilets first and temples later.”

Readers of The BMJ will no doubt be heartened by the Indian government’s announcement, coming seven years after sanitation topped a reader poll as the greatest “medical milestone” in the past 166 years  more…

Readers’ editor: A website needing more soft fruit

20 Jul, 14 | by BMJ Group

davidpayneWe like it when readers take the time and trouble to give us feedback. We’ve been particularly appreciative in the last two weeks as The BMJ’s new website beds down following its launch on 30 June. Some readers responded to the editorial published to mark the new website and the journal’s new name and logo.  Eighty readers replied to an email we sent out about the new site. Others used our customer service feedback form, and contacted us directly via email. Last week we did our first technical release since the new site went live, and we used it to tweak the design (based on your feedback), implement some changes we couldn’t squeeze in before launch, and fix some bugs. more…

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…

Trish Groves: Media reaction to the updated Cochrane reviews on Tamiflu and Relenza

25 Apr, 14 | by BMJ Group

trish_grovesThe two updated Cochrane reviews on the benefits and harms in influenza of the neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) attracted lots of attention after The BMJ published them earlier this month. This is my third blog about the feedback. The first blog focussed on rapid responses to the two research articles, and the second looked at how they were covered in the blogosphere. This final one examines the media coverage. more…

Trish Groves: How bloggers responded to the updated Cochrane reviews on Tamiflu and Relenza

24 Apr, 14 | by BMJ Group

trish_grovesMy earlier blog outlined BMJ reader feedback to the two updated Cochrane reviews on the benefits and harms in influenza of the neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). But the two research articles also attracted a great deal of attention in the blogosphere. more…

Trish Groves: Reader responses to updated Cochrane reviews on Tamiflu and Relenza

23 Apr, 14 | by BMJ Group

trish_grovesIt’s nearly two weeks since The BMJ published two updated Cochrane reviews on the benefits and harms in influenza of the neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). These research articles were accompanied by The BMJ’s peer review comments and other supplementary files and appendices and several commissioned articles. 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…

Readers’ editor: Is the term “Chinese wall” racist?

30 Jan, 14 | by BMJ Group

David PayneAt The BMJ we often talk about the “Chinese wall,” a clear demarcation between the advertising sales and editorial teams. This safeguard helps to avoid conflicts of interest, and means advertisers have no prior knowledge of an article that may mention their product, either positively or negatively. But is the term racist? more…

Jett Aislabie: Airport noise and cardiovascular disease

15 Oct, 13 | by BMJ

airplane_peopleLast week we published a cluster of papers on airport noise and cardiovascular disease. One US based study found a statistically significant association between exposure to aircraft noise and risk of hospitalisation for cardiovascular diseases among older people living near airports, and another found that high levels of aircraft noise were associated with increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease for both hospital admissions and mortality in areas near Heathrow airport in London. more…

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