This 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.
Rugby (the religion of Wales) and its influence on the Catholic church: should Pope Benedict XVI be worried?
The cult of the conference bag
Should smoking in outside public spaces be banned?
How should health be defined?
This allergies hysteria is just nuts
Festive medical myths
Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network
Everything you know is wrong
Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal
RCT of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage for back pain
BMJ in the news:
Scientists ‘debunk’ common myths The Press Association
Christmas hangover? There’s no cure The Times
Medical myths that come with a health warning The Independent
Late-night festive meals won’t make you fat Reuters UK
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
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:
Cool Heads, Hot Heads ScienceBlogs
BMJ on the Today programme
Juliet Walker is the editorial intern, BMJ