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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Collaboration in qualitative research: The Qualitative Health Research Symposium 2017

Hemali Bedi I was very pleased to attend the 3rd Qualitative Health Research Symposium that was held in London, UK, on Tuesday 7th February 2017. Hosted by the UCL Qualitative Health Research Network, the focus of the symposium was enhancing engagement, co-production and collaborative meaning-making in qualitative health research. Abstracts from the symposium will be […]

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BMJ Open trials Penelope

We are pleased to announce that, beginning today, BMJ Open will be providing authors with the option to trial Penelope. Penelope is an automated online tool that checks scientific manuscripts for completeness and gives immediate feedback to authors. It has been customised to BMJ Open guidelines to help authors prepare for submission. Penelope was developed by […]

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Top 10 Most Read: Antidepressant use during pregnancy, medical graduates’ preparedness for practice and E-therapies for stress, anxiety and depression

January sees 5 new entries into the top 10 most read articles. At number 4 is a cohort study by Anick Bérard and colleagues investigating the association between first-trimester exposure to antidepressants and the risk of major congenital malformations in 18,487 depressed/anxious women from Quebec, Canada. Results indicate that antidepressants increase the risk of a […]

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BMJ Open: highlights from 2016 in review

In 2011 BMJ Open appeared on the medical publishing scene becoming, in only five years, the world’s largest general medical journal (2015 – Five years old and growing). Another year has passed since then, and thanks to defining our distinctive identity, and being rigorous, open and transparent, we have continued to grow consistently and steadily, […]

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Top 10 most read: Work-life balance of doctors in training, ultra-processed foods and added sugars in the US diet, and quality of life and visual function in patients with age-related macular degeneration

December’s top 10 most read list sees eight new entries. At number one this month is a qualitative study by Rich et al, which investigates the work-life balance of doctors undertaking post graduate medical training in the UK. The authors conducted semistructured focus groups and interviews with medical trainees and trainers and found a lack of work life balance […]

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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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Pre-teens whose dads embrace parenthood may be less prone to behavioural issues

How new fathers see themselves in child’s early years seems to be most influential Kids whose dads adjust well to parenthood and feel confident about their new role may be less likely to have behavioural problems in the run-up to their teens, indicates research published in the online journal BMJ Open. It’s how fathers see […]

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London 2012 Olympics inspired many local kids to get more involved in sport

But levels of physical fitness significantly worsened The London 2012 Olympic Games inspired many local children to get more involved in sport, reveal the results of a before and after study, published in the online journal BMJ Open. But this inspiration did not translate into improved physical fitness, levels of which declined significantly in the […]

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