Top Ten Most Read in July: listening to music during pregnancy, stress reduction for intensive care patients and anxiety among Tunisian medical residents

The July Most Read list sees the return of two previously highly accessed papers to the top spots. At number one, Pereira Gray et al examine continuity of doctor care and whether this is related to mortality while at number two, Petrilli et al take a look at patient preference for physician attire. A case-control study from Heazell […]

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Managerial support for depressed employees linked to fewer days off work

Findings bolster case for active mental health workplace policies, say researchers The provision of managerial support and help for employees with depression is linked to lower rates of workplace absenteeism, finds an international survey study of practice in 15 countries in different regions of the world, published in the online journal BMJ Open. The findings […]

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Data sharing safeguards the accuracy of published data: Correction of the Framingham Risk Score Data Reported in the SPRINT trial

A study published today in BMJ Open highlights one often overlooked benefit of data sharing, the discovery of honest errors which allow correction of the published scientific record.   Data is the foundation of all medical research and data sharing, making the raw data opening available, is a cornerstone of the open science movement. Data […]

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Unhealthy blood fat profile linked to greater odds of having only one or no kids

Findings might explain previously observed link between lower fertility and heart disease, say researchers An unhealthy blood fat (lipid) profile before pregnancy is linked to greater odds of having only one or no children, suggests an observational study published in the online journal BMJ Open. The findings might explain the previously observed association between lower […]

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Top 10 most read in June: Continuity of care and mortality, visual imagery and clinical measures, experiences of belated treatment of Lyme disease and e-cigarette and nicotine replacement therapy use among smokers

  Four new entries made it into BMJ Open’s top 10 most read articles in June. Holding on to the top spot is Petrilli et al, with an observational study examining patient preferences for physician attire. New in at number two is a systematic review by Gray et al, investigating whether there is a relationship […]

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Large gender imbalance in funding given for cancer research

Male researchers receive more than three times as much funding as female researchers Male researchers receive far greater funding for cancer research than their female equivalents, suggests a study published in the journal BMJ Open. Within the European Union (EU), women represent nearly half of the workforce and more than half of all university graduates, […]

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Moderate to severe mid-life anxiety may be linked to later life dementia

But it’s not clear whether active treatment might curb risk, say researchers Moderate to severe mid-life anxiety may be linked to dementia in later life, suggests an analysis of the available published evidence in the online journal BMJ Open. But as yet, it’s not clear whether active treatment could curb this risk, and whether non-drug […]

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Fetal exposure to moderate/high caffeine levels linked to excess childhood weight gain

Should mums-to-be cut out caffeine altogether, ask the researchers? Exposure to moderate to high caffeine levels while in the womb is linked to excess weight gain in early childhood, suggests a large observational study published in the online journal BMJ Open. The findings, which back general advice to limit caffeine intake while pregnant, prompt the […]

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Alcohol intake may be linked to premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Around 1 in 10 cases worldwide might be associated with drinking, estimate the researchers Drinking alcohol may be linked to pre-menstrual syndrome, or PMS for short, suggests a pooled analysis of published study data in the online journal BMJ Open. Based on the global prevalence of alcohol drinking and their study findings, the Spanish researchers […]

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