March saw a varied selection of articles enter the Top 10 Most Read. In the top spot, and receiving quite a bit of attention on social media, is a randomised trial by Khaw et al looking at coconut oil, olive oil and butter as dietary fats and the changes in blood lipid profile, weight, fat distribution and metabolic markers after four weeks consumption in healthy men and women in the general population. Their findings, while not changing current dietary recommendations, highlight the need for further elucidation of the more nuanced relationships between different dietary fats and health.
At number two, a secondary analysis of health check-up data examines the relationships between eating speed and obesity in patients with diabetes. Feldman et al, reaching number three this month, conduct a cross-sectional study investigating the declaration of conflicts of interest by clinicians to NHS employers. Finding that recording of employees’ conflicts of interest by NHS trusts is poor, the authors recommend a national template for reporting conflicts of interest modelled on the US ‘Sunshine Act’.
Sartorius et al present a systematic review and meta-analysis testing the assocation between high carbohydrate intake and obesity at number six, while at number eight van Der Werf et al find that GPs additionally trained in integrative or complementary medicine have lower antibiotic prescribing rates than those that do not. Finally, at number ten, Mortensen et al study the impact of a midwife-led continuity model to improve maternal services in a low-resource setting.
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