Juliet Walker: BMJ in the news

Juliet WalkerA meta-analysis suggests that everyone over a certain age should be given blood pressure lowering drugs to prevent the risk of heart disease. The research has received widespread press coverage. The Daily Telegraph quoted a Stroke Association spokesperson who said, “Whilst blood pressure medication is one of the safest and most studied medications, they do have side effects and should only be described to people who are at significant risk of stroke. “

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Juliet Walker is the assistant web editor, BMJ