Evidence for potential harms of light drinking in pregnancy ‘surprisingly’ limited

But review confirms alcohol best avoided ‘just in case’, say researchers The evidence for the potentially harmful effects of light or occasional drinking in pregnancy is ‘surprisingly limited,’ but women are still better off avoiding all alcohol while pregnant, just in case, concludes a pooled analysis of the available data, published in the online journal […]

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People with disabilities face major hurdles accessing healthcare in UK

Disabled women are particularly disadvantaged People with disabilities in the UK face major hurdles accessing healthcare, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Disabled women are particularly disadvantaged, the findings show around one in five (19%) people in the UK is thought to live with a disability, but little is known about their access […]

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Improvised explosive devices inflict much more serious injuries than land mines

Multiple amputations much more likely   The types of close contact injuries inflicted by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are much more serious than those associated with land mines, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open.   Landmines came into widespread use in the Second World War, where they were designed to injure/maim rather […]

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Top 10 Most Read in July: Link Worker social prescribing, best practice in sex and relationship education, and menstrual hygiene management among Bangladeshi adolescent schoolgirls

  An assortment of study designs made it into the Top 10 Most Read articles in July: among the popular studies were a systematic review, a protocol for a prospective observational study, and a qualitative study of service user perceptions.   At number one this month is a longitudinal cohort study by Xie et al […]

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Drugs to curb excess stomach acid may be linked to heightened risk of death

May be time to restrict use of widely available proton pump inhibitors, say researchers Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)—a widely available class of drug designed to curb excess stomach acid production—may be linked to a heightened risk of death, indicates research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Given how widely available these drugs are, and […]

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Top 10 Most Read in March: Caesarean section and for-profit status of hospitals, mental health links to diet, and weight discrimination

Caesarean sections and for-profit status of hospitals, the link between diet and mental health, and the effect of weight discrimination on physical activity The Top 10 Most Read articles in March showed great variety in topics and study types. In the top spot this month is a systematic review and meta-analysis by Hoxha et al […]

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Top 10 Most Read: Negative primary care feedback from minority ethnic patients, higher caesarean sections in for-profit hospitals, adolescents’ sex and drug habits, and biased psychology

    February sees five new entries in the top 10 most read articles. At number one this month is an experimental vignette study investigating why minority ethnic groups report poorer primary care experience in patient surveys. Burt and colleagues designed an experiment in the UK to determine whether South Asian people rate simulated GP […]

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Identifying individuals at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

As we age, we can appreciate how our body changes in our hair, skin, and joints, letting us know that we are getting older. Alongside these obvious changes, our brain starts its own aging process too, although the symptoms might not be as noticeable. This perception mismatch is one of the key challenges in the […]

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Paternal involvement in child-rearing, health anxiety, and the global epidemiology of alcohol use: Most read articles in November

Paternal involvement in early child-rearing, health anxiety and risk of ischaemic heart disease, and the global epidemiology of alcohol use The Top 10 Most Read list for November contains a number of new entries including papers on the reasons for retraction of articles, and the relationship between earlobe creases and coronary artery disease. At number […]

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