Top 10 Most Read in September: Survey of British sexual attitudes and lifestyles, the harms of light drinking in pregnancy, and antiretroviral therapies for pregnant women living with HIV or hepatitis B.

8 new entries make it into September’s top 10 most read articles. In first place is a study by Cynthia Graham and colleagues that reports findings from a cross-sectional survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles in the UK. From data on 4839 men and 6669 women aged 16–74 years who reported ≥1 sexual partner in the past year, the authors found a number of different factors were associated with a lack of interest in sex in both genders, with women seeming to be more likely to lose interest than men overall. In second place was a systematic review and meta-analysis by Loubaba Mamluk and colleagues from the University of Bristol that assessed the evidence for the effects of low-to-moderate levels of maternal alcohol consumption in pregnancy on pregnancy and childhood outcomes. The authors found that high quality data on this topic was surprisingly limited. However, as there was some evidence to suggest that light drinking was associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, abstention was recommended as the safest approach.

Finally, at number 4 this month is a systematic review by Siemieniuk et al. on the impact of various antiretroviral/antiviral regimens in pregnant women living with HIV or hepatitis B virus. The authors found that tenofovir/emtricitabine is likely to increase stillbirth/early neonatal death and early premature delivery compared with zidovudine/lamivudine. However, the authors caution that this finding primarily comes from a single study of moderate size.

Rank Author(s) Title
1 Graham et al. What factors are associated with reporting lacking interest in sex and how do these vary by gender? Findings from the third British national survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles
2 Mamluk et al. Low alcohol consumption and pregnancy and childhood outcomes: time to change guidelines indicating apparently ‘safe levels of alcohol during pregnancy? A systematic review and meta-analyses
3 Xie et al. Risk of death among users of Proton Pump Inhibitors: a longitudinal observational cohort study of United States veterans
4 Siemieniuk et al. Antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women living with HIV or hepatitis B: a systematic review and meta-analysis
5 Lytvyn et al. Values and preferences of women living with HIV who are pregnant, postpartum or considering pregnancy on choice of antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy
6 Nickel et al. Words do matter: a systematic review on how different terminology for the same condition influences management preferences
7 Borge et al. The importance of maternal diet quality during pregnancy on cognitive and behavioural outcomes in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis
8 Baye et al. Does supplementation with carnosine improve cardiometabolic health and cognitive function in patients with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes? study protocol for a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
9 Purrucker et al. Design and validation of a clinical scale for prehospital stroke recognition, severity grading and prediction of large vessel occlusion: the shortened NIH Stroke Scale for emergency medical services
10 Lopes et al. The clinical academic workforce of the future: a cross-sectional study of factors influencing career decision-making among clinical PhD students at two research-intensive UK universities


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