Top 10 Most Read in May: Coffee and liver cancer risk, vaginal breech delivery and perinatal death, and the association between area deprivation and generalised anxiety disorder in women versus men.

7 new entries make it into May’s top 10 most read articles. Knocking Ravnskov et al.’s study off the top spot is a systematic review and meta-analysis of coffee and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by Oliver Kennedy and colleagues. Their study suggests that increasing coffee consumption by two cups per day is associated with a 35% reduction in the risk of HCC. At number 3 is a national cohort study of over 520,000 term-born singletons by researchers from Norway who have found that vaginal breech delivery is associated with an excess risk for neonatal mortality compared with vaginal cephalic delivery, but not with an excess risk for cerebral palsy. Other new entries include a large population study of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) in the UK by researchers from the University of Cambridge, who have found that area deprivation is significantly associated with an increased risk for GAD in women, but not in men.


Rank Author(s) Title
1 Kennedy et al. Coffee, including caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis
2 Ravnskov et al. Lack of an association or an inverse association between low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and mortality in the elderly: a systematic review
3 Bjellmo et al. Is vaginal breech delivery associated with higher risk for perinatal death and cerebral palsy compared with vaginal cephalic birth? Registry-based cohort study in Norway
4 Ferrando et al. The accuracy of postoperative, non-invasive Air-Test to diagnose atelectasis in healthy patients after surgery: a prospective, diagnostic pilot study
5 Brignardello-Petersen  et al. Knee arthroscopy versus conservative management in patients with degenerative knee disease: a systematic review
6 Fenton et al. Systematic review of the association between dietary acid load, alkaline water and cancer
7 Remes et al. Sex differences in the association between area deprivation and generalised anxiety disorder: British population study
8 May et al. Autism spectrum disorder: updated prevalence and comparison of two birth cohorts in a nationally representative Australian sample
9 Bickerdike et al. Social prescribing: less rhetoric and more reality. A systematic review of the evidence
10 Li et al. Randomised controlled trial of online continuing education for health professionals to improve the management of chronic fatigue syndrome: a study protocol

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