More than half of UK female surgeons have experience of workplace discrimination, poll suggests

Orthopaedics viewed as most sexist of all surgical specialties, responses show More than half of female surgeons in the UK have faced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace, suggest the results of a confidential online poll, published in the online journal BMJ Open. Orthopaedics was seen as the most sexist of all the surgical specialties, the […]

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Top Ten Most Read in November: stab injuries in young people, negative appendicectomy and uterine distention and pregnancy duration

November was another busy month for the journal, and we welcome four new papers to the Top Ten Most Read list this month. In at number one is a cohort study carried out in Sweden by Bacelis et al, aiming to determine whether uterine distention is associated with pregnancy duration. Authors investigated by modelling uterine […]

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Top Ten Most Read in October: women’s psychological experiences of physiological child birth, corporal punishment bans and youth violence, and the relationship between political factors and population health

Five new entries made it into BMJ Open’s top 10 most read articles in October. New in at number one is a meta-synthesis by Olza and colleagues, which explored women’s psychological experiences of physiological child birth. Reviewing and consolidating qualitative research data from eight studies, the researchers identified three main themes: ‘maintaining self-confidence in early labour’, […]

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Children may be most at risk of stab injuries on way home from school

Distinct temporal and geographical patterns evident for knife crime among young people Children may be most at risk of being stabbed on their way home from school, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Quite apart from the known links between knife crime and deprivation and male gender, there seem to be distinct temporal […]

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National bans on slapping children linked to less youth violence

In countries with full bans at home and school, rates of physical fighting are 42%-69% lower National bans on parents slapping or spanking their children to punish them for bad behaviour are linked to lower rates of youth violence, reveals an international study published in the online journal BMJ Open. Countries that prohibit corporal punishment at […]

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Top ten most read in September: sugar content of supermarket yoghurts, the potential link between dementia and air pollution in London, and the experience of patient and public peer reviewers in medical publishing

The list of the ten most-read articles in September at BMJ Open sees five new entries. Taking over the top spot is a study by Moore et al. looking at the nutritional content of supermarket yoghurts. This analysis of the sugar content of over 900 yoghurt products showed that less than 9%, and only 2% […]

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Air pollution may be linked to heightened dementia risk

Associations found not explained by known influential factors Air pollution may be linked to a heightened risk of developing dementia, finds a London-based observational study, published in the online journal BMJ Open. The associations found couldn’t be explained by factors known to influence the risks of developing the condition, say the researchers. Air pollution is now […]

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Sugar content of most supermarket yogurts well above recommended threshold

Organic products, perceived as healthier options, among some of the worst offenders The sugar content of most types of yogurt is well above the recommended threshold, reveals an analysis of the nutrient content of available UK supermarket products, published in the online journal BMJ Open. And organic varieties, often viewed as healthier options, contain some of […]

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North-South chronic ‘pain divide’ evident in England

And clear geographical split in use of potentially addictive opioids England has a North-South ‘pain divide’, with a clear geographical split in the prevalence and intensity of chronic pain and the use of potentially addictive opioids for symptom relief, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Given the public health concerns associated with the […]

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