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Research highlights – 20 January 2012

20 Jan, 12 | by BMJ Group

Research questions“Research highlights” is a weekly round-up of research papers appearing in the print BMJ. We start off with this week’s research questions, before providing more detail on some individual research papers and accompanying articles.

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Marge Berer: Jingle pills indeed

12 Dec, 11 | by BMJ Group

Marge BererMany years ago now, when news of female sterilisation first came out, Catholic priests in Puerto Rico and other Catholic countries preached from their pulpits against women being sterilised. As a result many more women learned that sterilisation existed, and many went out from church asking where to get it. In effect, the church gave family planning free advertising space by opposing it. Recently, the Daily Mail and others who rant against emergency contraception and abortion have played a similar role. more…

Research highlights – 19 August 2011

19 Aug, 11 | by BMJ Group

Research questions“Research highlights” is a weekly round-up of research papers appearing in the print BMJ. We start off with this week’s research questions, before providing more detail on some individual research papers and accompanying articles.

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Research highlights – 5 August 2011

5 Aug, 11 | by BMJ Group

Research questions“Research highlights” is a weekly round-up of research papers appearing in the print BMJ. We start off with this week’s research questions, before providing more detail on some individual research papers and accompanying articles.

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Domhnall MacAuley: From the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting (Denver)

3 Jun, 11 | by BMJ Group

Domhnall MacauleyThe next big thing in physical activity research: sitting doing nothing. Steve Blair (University of South Carolina), a major player in the physical activity research world, suggests that the pattern of inactivity is important. Sedentary behaviour, irrespective of the overall level of activity is itself a risk factor- sitting doing nothing may be harmful, even if you exercise. This evidence is from epidemiological studies where residual confounding is the greatest  potential limitation, but the findings could have major potential implications. You might immediately think of adolescents watching  television or video games, but it is relevant to all of us whose work  involves endless hours sitting in front of a computer. more…

Tiago Villanueva: Quaternary prevention and disease mongering

17 May, 11 | by BMJ Group

Tiago_VillanuevaOne of the major advantages of being an active member of listservers, particularly international ones, is that I am in touch with leading colleagues around the world, and also I can learn about issues and think in ways that I would not otherwise have become aware of. I’ve had the chance to cross paths a few times with Dr Juan Gérvas, a towering figure of international general practice based in Spain, and a professor of primary care, public health, and management at several Spanish universities. more…

Sally Carter: Films, fistula, and an illiterate surgeon

30 Mar, 11 | by BMJ Group

One of the world’s most experienced fistula surgeons is illiterate. I found that out when I went to a screening of a short film called Fistula Hospital: Healing and Hope at the Frontline Club in Paddington. Her name is Mamitu Gashe, and she was a patient at the Addis Ababa Fistula hospital. After her operation she worked at the hospital, eventually assisting in operations. Over the years she has continued to learn and operate, now giving master classes to gynaecologists from all over the world.   more…

Research highlights – 25 February 2011

25 Feb, 11 | by BMJ Group

Research questions “Research highlights” is a weekly round-up of research papers appearing in the print BMJ. We start off with this week’s research questions, before providing more detail on some individual research papers and accompanying articles. more…

Annabel Bentley: Pregnancy and swine flu: facemasks and self imprisonment?

27 Jul, 09 | by julietwalker

If you’re pregnant lock yourself in the house, shut the curtains and wear a facemask if you so much as put your nose outside the door… has advice to pregnant women finally gone too far? Or, given that at least six healthy women in their second and third trimesters of pregnancy are reported to be in intensive care with pandemic flu in Australia is this reasonable advice?

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Juliet Walker: BMJ in the news

2 Apr, 09 | by julietwalker

Juliet WalkerA BMJ research paper reports that drinking hot tea is strongly linked with an increased risk of developing oesophageal cancer. The study was conducted in the Golestan province, northern Iran, where there is a high incidence of the disease. The BBC wrote that, ‘the finding could explain the increased oesophageal cancer risk in some non-Western populations. Adding milk, as most tea drinkers in Western countries do, cools the drink enough to eliminate the risk’. The Times agreed adding that, ‘Britons may also take comfort from the fact that most of us prefer our tea at between 56 and 60C’. The Daily Telegraph suggested that we should, ‘Follow Mrs Beeton’s advice and drink tea five to ten minutes after making’. As well as reading the research paper, you can also watch a video where the authors of the paper talk about their findings. more…

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