From locked-in syndrome to rock and roll, and everything in between

BMJ Open marks a decade of influential open access research From a Belgian survey, showing that many patients with locked-in syndrome aren’t necessarily unhappy, to a study showing that solo performers living the rock n roll lifestyle are twice as likely to die young as their band members, and everything in between, BMJ Open is marking a decade of influential […]

Read More…

Top 10 Most Read in January: Coffee consumption linked to lower prostate cancer risk, patients of Asian and black backgrounds suffer disproportionate rates of premature death from COVID-19.

The first month of 2021 sees four new entries in the top 10 most read articles. This includes our most read paper of January: a meta-analysis of coffee consumption and prostate cancer risk by researchers from the Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University. Combining data from 16 cohort studies, the authors found that the highest […]

Read More…

Top 10 Most Read in December: symptom assessment apps, multivitamins, and online teaching for medical students.

Happy New Year. The new year represents a fresh start for many of us and an opportunity to reflect back on the previous year. Taking a look at the top articles for December 2020, we are still seeing a very high interest in COVID-19 articles and we have two new entries this month. The entry […]

Read More…

Top 10 Most Read in November: Emergency physicians’ need for recovery, early warning scales for COVID-19 and self-reported health in adults who use multivitamins.

As the year draws to a close, we are taking a look back on the top ten most read papers of November. While this list is still dominated by articles about COVID-19, five papers on a range of other topic areas have secured places in the top ten. New entries include a randomised controlled trial […]

Read More…

‘Diseases of despair’ have soared over past decade in US

Suicidal thoughts/behaviours among under 18s up by 287%, and by 210% among 18-34 year olds  ‘Diseases of despair’, such as substance abuse, alcohol dependency, and suicidal thoughts and behaviours, have soared in the US over the past decade, reveals an analysis of health insurance claims data published in the online journal BMJ Open.  And they now […]

Read More…

Health benefits of multivitamins/mineral supplements may be all in the minds of users

No measurable clinical improvements between them and non-users, research suggests The health benefits of multivitamin/mineral supplements may be all in the minds of those who take them, prompted by positive expectations of effectiveness rather than hard evidence of that, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Multivitamin/mineral supplements are widely used, with some estimates […]

Read More…

Top 10 most read in September: viral clearance in COVID-19 patients, prescribing practices and sex-differences in ECG abnormalities

September was a busy month with six new entries to our top 10, including a new paper at number one. These join four previously published papers that continue to catch readers’ attention. In eighth place, Bolijn et al. investigate sex differences in the prevalence of major and minor electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities in a multi-ethnic population […]

Read More…