Juliet Walker: What’s new on bmj.com

Juliet WalkerThis year’s Christmas BMJ generated lots of UK and international media coverage, particularly the paper that debunked seasonal myths. In Festive medical myths, Rachel Vreeman and Aaron Carroll look at the science behind commonly believed theories and discover that many of them are in fact not true. The good news for the holidays is that sugar does not make children more hyperactive, suicide rates do not increase in the holidays, poinsettias are not toxic and eating late at night does not make you fat. Unfortunately the bad news is that wearing a hat does not decrease the amount of heat our bodies lose and there is no cure for a hangover.

There is more bad news for those of us who like head banging to rock music. Unsurprisingly Declan Patton and Andrew MacIntosh found that head banging is likely to cause head and neck injury. Our deputy editor, Tony Delamothe investigated this further and you can listen to what he discovered on the Today programme.

And finally, for those of us who take the Christmas partying to an excess, a good sign of recovery is the ability to write a text message.

Merry Christmas!

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BMJ in the news:

Researchers Debunk Widely Believed Holiday Myths ABC News

Does sugar make children hyperactive? Festive myths explored Canada

Scientists ‘debunk’ common myths The Press Association

Hangover cures, sugar causes hyperactivity and poinsettias are poisonous: medical myths debunked Daily Telegraph

Scientists debunk the myth that you lose most heat through your head The Guardian

Christmas hangover? There’s no cure The Times

Medical myths that come with a health warning The Independent

Losing heat through your head? Discover the barefaced truth about hats and other myths
Daily Mail

Late-night festive meals won’t make you fat Reuters UK

Holiday health concerns may just be myths CNN

Late-night festive meals won’t make you fat Reuters India

Ho-ho-hold on there! Poinsettias aren’t poisonous? Sugar doesn’t … The Canadian Press

When mother didn’t know best Scotsman

Experts may not like old wives’ remedies, but they work for me Times Online

Official: There is no cure for a hangover Metro, UK

‘Please, sir, I’m stuffed’: What Oliver Twist should really have said AFP

Head-banging hammers the brain ABC Science Online – Australia

The headbangers on a highway to casualty: Experts warn rock dance can cause brain injury Daily Mail

Texting ‘is a sign of recovery’ BBC Online

Milestone dates ‘boost screening’ BBC News

Children’s kidneys not harmed by low doses of melamine: study CBC Canada

BMJ in blogs:

The British Medical Journal reports on cost-effective treatment …

Billions Wasted On Hyped Food Products

Cool Heads, Hot Heads ScienceBlogs

Late-night meals won’t make you fat TVNZ

6 Medical Myths Debunked For Christmas

BMJ on the Today programme

Juliet Walker is the editorial intern, BMJ