Juliet Walker: BMJ in the news

Juliet WalkerTwo BMJ studies published last week have been widely cited by the press. The first has found that women’s resting heart rate is a good predictor of coronary events in women. US researchers studied the heart rates of 129,000 postmenopausal women and found that those with the highest heart rates were more likely to have a myocardial infarction or coronary death than those with the lowest heart rates.

The second study examined the effects of fertility drugs on the risk of women developing ovarian cancer. Researchers reported that there is no association between the use of fertility drugs and ovarian cancer. However many of the women who took part in the study had not yet reached the peak age for ovarian cancer and the researchers will continue to monitor them.

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Juliet Walker is the editorial intern, BMJ