Top 10 Most Read in March: dietary fats and changes in cardiovascular risk factors, declaration of conflicts of interest by clinicians and the association between eating speed and obesity

March saw a varied selection of articles enter the Top 10 Most Read. In the top spot, and receiving quite a bit of attention on social media, is a randomised trial by Khaw et al looking at coconut oil, olive oil and butter as dietary fats and the changes in blood lipid profile, weight, fat distribution and metabolic markers after four weeks consumption in healthy men and women in the general population. Their findings, while not changing current dietary recommendations, highlight the need for further elucidation of the more nuanced relationships between different dietary fats and health.

File:Coconut and oil.jpgAt number two, a secondary analysis of health check-up data examines the relationships between eating speed and obesity in patients with diabetes. Feldman et al, reaching number three this month, conduct a cross-sectional study investigating the declaration of conflicts of interest by clinicians to NHS employers. Finding that recording of employees’ conflicts of interest by NHS trusts is poor, the authors recommend a national template for reporting conflicts of interest modelled on the US ‘Sunshine Act’.

Sartorius et al present a systematic review and meta-analysis testing the assocation between high carbohydrate intake and obesity at number six, while at number eight van Der Werf et al find that GPs additionally trained in integrative or complementary medicine have lower antibiotic prescribing rates than those that do not. Finally, at number ten, Mortensen et al study the impact of a midwife-led continuity model to improve maternal services in a low-resource setting.

Rank Author(s) Title
1 Khaw et al. Randomised trial of coconut oil, olive oil or butter on blood lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors in healthy men and women
2 Hurst et al. Effects of changes in eating speed on obesity in patients with diabetes: a secondary analysis of longitudinal health check-up data
3 Feldman et al.
4 Xie et al. Risk of death among users of Proton Pump Inhibitors: a longitudinal observational cohort study of United States veterans
5 Anker et al. Comorbid psychiatric disorders in a clinical sample of adults with ADHD, and associations with education, work and social characteristics: a cross-sectional study
6 Sartorius et al. Does high-carbohydrate intake lead to increased risk of obesity? A systematic review and meta-analysis
7 Watkins et al. Effects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis
8 van der Werf et al. Do NHS GP surgeries employing GPs additionally trained in integrative or complementary medicine have lower antibiotic prescribing rates? Retrospective cross-sectional analysis of national primary care prescribing data in England in 2016
9 Wang et al. Identifying bioethical issues in biostatistical consulting: findings from a US national pilot survey of biostatisticians
10 Mortensen et al. Can a midwife-led continuity model improve maternal services in a low-resource setting? A non-randomised cluster intervention study in Palestine

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