Poor quality clinical data informing NICE decisions on treatments in over half of cases

20 year analysis shows no improvement in data quality submitted by manufacturers The quality of evidence submitted to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for informing its decisions to recommend technologies for use in the NHS was poor in more than half of cases, reveals a 20-year analysis, published in the open […]

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Acupuncture may curb heightened risk of stroke associated with rheumatoid arthritis

Effects independent of sex, age, medication use, and co-existing conditions Needling may reduce pro-inflammatory proteins in the body, suggest researchers A course of acupuncture may curb the heightened risk of stroke associated with rheumatoid arthritis, finds a comparative study published in the open access journal BMJ Open. The effects seem to be independent of sex, age, […]

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Online patient access to medical records will boost workload and litigation, GPs fear

Most family doctors surveyed fear that giving patients online access to their medical records will increase their workload and the risks of litigation, suggest the results of the largest study of its kind, published in the open access journal BMJ Open. A significant proportion did agree that there would be benefits for patients. Among the […]

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Top 10 most read in December: sedentary behaviour and uterine fibroids, risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in COVID-19 populations

The most read paper has changed this month, moving from the second most read paper last month to the top spot this month. We have one new paper in the top read list for December, please read more about it below. Change to most read Risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in mRNA COVID-19-vaccinated and unvaccinated […]

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Energy drinks linked to poor sleep quality and insomnia among college students

The higher the consumption frequency, the fewer hours of nightly shut eye they clock up But even just the occasional can is linked to heightened risk of disturbed sleep Knocking back energy drinks is linked to poor quality sleep and insomnia among college students, finds a large Norwegian study published in the open access journal BMJ […]

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Enlarged breast tissue in men (gynaecomastia) linked to heightened risk of death

Those with a pre-existing risk factor most vulnerable, research suggests Men with enlarged breast tissue, not caused by excess weight—a condition formally known as gynaecomastia—may be at heightened risk of an early death before the age of 75, suggests the first study of its kind, published online in the open access journal BMJ Open. Those with […]

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Size of attainment gap between UK White and minority ethnic medical students varies by ethnicity and medical school

Minorities significantly disadvantaged by UK medical education system, say researchers Remedial action urgently needed to close gap The size of the gap in academic achievement between White and minority ethnic medical students in the UK varies considerably, depending on their individual ethnicity and which medical school they attended, finds the largest study of its kind, […]

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Top 10 most read in November: portable HEPA filters for COVID-19, models and frameworks in healthcare

We have two new entries to the most read list in November, including a new entry at number 1. Read more on these two articles below. New entry and most read Effect of portable HEPA filters on COVID-19 period prevalence: an observational quasi-interventional study in German kindergartens This observational study by Falkenberg et al. is […]

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6+ hours/day of sedentary leisure time linked to doubling in fibroids risk

Risk seems to be linear in women who’ve not yet gone through the menopause  Clocking up 6 or more hours of sedentary leisure time every day may double a woman’s risk of uterine fibroids before she’s gone through the menopause, suggests research published in the open access journal BMJ Open. The risk of these benign, but […]

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