Radiotherapy during surgery could save millions of travel miles and tonnes of CO2

…plus free up thousands of hours for women with early stage breast cancer, every year One targeted dose of radiotherapy given during surgery to remove early stage breast cancer could save millions of travel miles, enough CO2 emissions for a 100 hectare forest, and free up thousands of hours of women’s time, concludes research published […]

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Hospital self-harm cases have steadily risen among men in England since 2008

But only half of those going to hospital afterwards get mental health assessment The number of hospital cases of self-inflicted harm, such as cutting and overdosing on prescription meds, has risen steadily since 2008 in England among men, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. But only around half of those who go […]

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Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to low birthweight and intensive care

As drug gains social acceptance, doctors and women need to be better informed, say researchers Use of cannabis during pregnancy is linked to low birthweight and the need for intensive care, reveals an analysis of the available evidence, published in the online journal BMJ Open. As cannabis becomes more socially acceptable, it’s important that prospective mums-to-be and […]

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Sugar content in fruit drinks marketed to kids “unacceptably high”

Almost half of products assessed contain entire daily recommended maximum intake The sugar content of fruit drinks—including natural fruit juices and smoothies—is “unacceptably high,” with smoothies among the worst offenders, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Almost half the products assessed contained at least a child’s entire daily recommended maximum sugar intake […]

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‘Ultra-processed’ foods make up more than half of all calories in US diet

…And contribute 90 per cent of all dietary added sugar intake ‘Ultra-processed’ foods make up more than half of all calories consumed in the US diet, and contribute nearly 90% of all added sugar intake, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Ultra-processed foods are formulations of several ingredients. Besides salt, sugar, oils and […]

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Certain antidepressants linked to heightened risk of mania and bipolar disorder

Strongest association found for SSRIs and venlafaxine Taking certain antidepressants for depression is linked to a heightened risk of subsequent mania and bipolar disorder, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. The strongest association seemed to be for serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs for short, and the dual action antidepressant venlafaxine, the analysis […]

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US pedestrian wheelchair users third more likely to die in car crashes than general public

And men’s risk is five times higher than women’s, particularly among 50 to 64 year olds Pedestrian wheelchair users in the US are a third more likely to be killed in road traffic collisions than the general public, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. And men’s risk is five times higher than women’s, […]

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12+ hour hospital nursing shifts linked to heightened risk of burnout and job dissatisfaction

Findings similar across 12 European countries, and run counter to perceived value of longer shifts Working 12+ hour shifts is linked to a heightened risk of burnout, job dissatisfaction, and intention to leave among hospital nurses in 12 European countries, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. The findings run counter to the […]

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