David Payne: BMJ in the news

David Payne Spectator blogger Melanie Phillips attracts lots of comments after flagging up a “big row” between the BMJ and Israel lobbying organisation Honest Reporting. The journal published five Israeli-themed articles last week, one of which concluded that Honest Reporting had targeted a hostile email campaign towards the BMJ five years ago.

Phillips writes: “Without getting into the substance of this argument (except to note, en passant, that co-ordinated and abusive emails are hardly confined to the pro-Israel side of this debate) I merely ask one question: what have the Arab/Israel impasse and Israel’s military strategy towards the Palestinians got to do with the practice of medicine?”

See also:

March 1: Peculiar medicine – Jerusalem Post (letters)
Proxy-Activist Stress Syndrome – Spectator
Following up on the BMJ: Honest reporting
British Medical Journal issuse health warning about Zionist emails

Happiness paper

In a Guardian Money column about workplace wellbeing, Rebecca Jordan refers to the BMJ longitudinal analysis about happiness being spread through social networks, and “emotion contagion” (happiness rubbing off on each other) not applying to the workplace.

Jordan, co-founder of a teaching resources website, concludes: “Conduct your own longitudinal analysis by marching into the office this week with a huge beaming smile on your face and announcing how happy you are to be there. Watch the reactions of your workmates to see if anyone shows signs of being infected with your contagious happiness.”

BMJ in the news
It may be tempting – but look at the reality – San Francisco Chronicle
Lose weight like a lady! – Daily Mirror
The boss – if you’re happy and you know it – Guardian
‘Brain training’ claims dismissed – BBC
British Medical Journal award for K’taka doctor – Mangalorean
Cervical screening: There are risks as well as benefits – so get the facts, then decide
GPs are medicalising healthy elderly people, professor warns – Telegraph
Study Highlights Teen Obesity Risks – NY Times

BMJ in blogs
End of free access – The Scholarly Kitchen
Are you happy with your social network? – Envisa Learning
Fertility Treatments Unlikely to Raise Ovarian Cancer Risk – Health info is power
Unhealthy habits double stroke risk – Better health research
Overweight teenagers have the same risk of early death as smokers -Cancer Research

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