Nations with strong women’s rights likely to have better population health and faster growth

Trend evident even in resource-poor countries, say researchers Nations with strong women’s rights are more likely to have better health and faster growth than those who don’t promote and protect these values, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. This trend is evident in even in resource-poor countries, say the researchers. While many parts […]

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Top 10 Most Read in June: addressing alcohol consumption as a risk factor for breast cancer, short-term smoking effects on asthma patients, and experiences of sex among Swedish MSM

The Top 10 list this month sees the return of many popular papers including those looking at how sex can affect medical specialty training applications; the effect of screentime on children; and HIV risk among bar workers. In the number one spot this month, and a new paper published in the current issue, is a […]

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Fall in GP antibiotic prescribing has been slowest for older patients and those with an unclear diagnosis

Fewer broad spectrum beta-lactams are being prescribed suggesting GPs are opting for more targeted drugs GP in England are prescribing fewer antibiotics and when they prescribe them they are increasingly choosing drugs that target a narrow range of organisms rather than broad spectrum antibiotics, suggests new research from King’s College London published online in BMJ Open. However, falls in GPs’ […]

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Child Health CheckPoint series published in BMJ Open

The Child Health CheckPoint is part of the Growing Up in Australia study. It investigates childhood development of 1800 biological parent/child pairs with the aim of producing research that informs health policies. BMJ Open has published a supplement of 15 research articles, including a methodological summary, along with a communication article presenting a broad overview […]

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Menstrual symptoms linked to nearly 9 days of lost productivity through presenteeism every year

But real impact on women and society is underestimated and poorly appreciated, say researchers Menstrual period symptoms may be linked to nearly nine days of lost productivity every year through presenteeism, suggests the largest study of its kind, published in the online journal BMJ Open. But the real impact on women and society is underestimated and […]

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Women’s awareness of alcohol’s role in breast cancer risk is poor

Screening and outpatient clinic appointments may offer opportunity to improve knowledge Women’s awareness of alcohol’s role in boosting breast cancer risk is poor, indicates research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Only one in five women attending breast clinics and screening appointments and only half of the staff questioned at one NHS UK centre knew […]

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Strobe lighting at dance music festivals linked to tripling in epileptic fit risk

Warnings and preventive measures needed for susceptible individuals, argue researchers Strobe lighting at electronic dance music festivals may be linked to a tripling in the risk of epileptic fits in susceptible individuals, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Organisers need to issue warnings and advice on preventive measures, particularly for those who have […]

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Top ten most read in May: the association between developmental factors and grip strength in later life, and the impact of occupational distress on the health of doctors in the UK

Maintaining interest at the top of the list of the most-read articles in May is a systematic review assessing the effects of screentime on the health and well-being of children and adolescents. The article presents evidence for associations between screentime and a variety of health harms for this population, including adiposity, unhealthy diet, depressive symptoms, […]

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Skilled health workforce in India does not meet WHO recommended threshold

The density of the total health workforce is estimated to be 29 per 10,000 population but only 16 per 10,000 for trained workers The skilled health workforce in India does not meet the minimum threshold of 22.8 skilled workers per 10,000 population recommended by the World Health Organisation, shows research published today in the online […]

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Weight gain and loss may worsen dementia risk in older people

Study recommends continuous weight control and monitoring of weight changes to prevent dementia development Older people who experience significant weight gain or weight loss could be raising their risk of developing dementia, suggests a study from Korea published today in the online journal BMJ Open. Dementia is an important health problem especially with increasing life expectancy […]

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