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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Top 10 most read in August: Caesarean sections and private medical insurance, seeking ambulance treatment for primary care problems, and social network interventions in type 2 diabetes

August sees eight new entries in the top 10 most read articles. Maintaining the top position for the second consecutive month is longitudinal cohort study by Xie et al, which examines the association between Proton Pump Inhibitors and the risk of all-cause mortality. At number two is a new entry from Vreman et al, who use a microsimulation model […]

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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 than to […]

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Editors picks

BMJ Open: August Editor’s Picks Each month the editorial team at BMJ Open will be selecting highlights from our recently published articles. We hope you enjoy our August highlights. You can access all the material published in August here.  When are interventions justified? Attitudes towards female genital cutting Sometimes baseline data can reveal that implementing an […]

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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 examining the […]

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Top 10 Most Read in June: snus and snoring, long-term antibiotic treatment in times of resistance, the success of the NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship, and serious video gaming for coping with pain

Six new articles made their way up to the Top 10 Most Read list of BMJ Open in June. Maintaining the top position for the second consecutive month is the systematic review and meta-analysis by Oliver Kennedy and colleagues establishing an association between coffee consumption and reduced risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer. […]

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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 May: Coffee and liver cancer risk, vaginal breech delivery and perinatal death, and the association between area deprivation and generalised anxiety disorder in women versus men.

7 new entries make it into May’s top 10 most read articles. Knocking Ravnskov et al.’s study off the top spot is a systematic review and meta-analysis of coffee and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by Oliver Kennedy and colleagues. Their study suggests that increasing coffee consumption by two cups per day is associated with a 35% reduction […]

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Top 10 most read in April: low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and mortality in the elderly, social prescribing and non-pharmacological interventions for behavioural disturbances in older patients with dementia

April sees five new entries in the top 10 most read articles. Reaching number one this month is a systematic review of cohort studies by Ravnskov et al, which investigates the association between low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and mortality in the elderly. Results indicate that high LDL-C is inversely associated with mortality in most people aged over 60, […]

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