Top 10 Most Read in May: neurological manifestations of COVID-19, sleep disturbances in women, and sham treatments for back pain

Although COVID-19 articles still dominated our top 10 list in May, two of our new entries this month have a different focus. Our most read article from Li et al. has moved up the chart from its previous spot at number 6, this article is a systematic review protocol on the impact of COVID-19 on […]

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Clinical Influencers – the medical professionals promoting health on social media

Throughout 2020, social media companies were dragged into the spotlight of the traditional media over the spread of misinformation. Debates raged over corporate responsibility to prevent their channels being hijacked to spread harmful misinformation, both of a political nature in the US elections and for medical and scientific messages relating to the pandemic. This issue […]

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Top 10 Most Read in April: SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in healthcare workers and the impact of COVID-19 on mental and physical health.

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, it comes as no surprise that interest in COVID-19-related articles continues to grow. Therefore, most of the new entries into April’s top ten are linked to COVID-19, for example, a systematic review and meta analysis protocol that aims to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on female fertility. A study on […]

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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 […]

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It is time to embrace cannabis for medicinal use, say experts

20 months after cannabis-based products for medicinal use were legalised in the UK, attitudes towards using them are still highly sceptical, say researchers Attitudes towards cannabis products for medicinal use need to change with much greater appropriate use of such products to help alleviate patients’ pain, suggests research published in the journal BMJ Open. Researchers found […]

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Top 10 Most Read in February: Associations between SES and adverse birth outcomes in Canada, the use of hormones among transgender women in Nepal and the effects of introducing PrEP programmes in Sweden

In February, we saw five new papers enter BMJ Open’s list of top 10 most read articles. New entries include a protocol for a systematic review and meta analysis that aims to examine the effects of physical activity interventions on the BMI of children and adolescents in Latin america, and a study into the use […]

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Around 1 in 20 calls to NHS 111 helpline result in unnecessary emergency care visit

Despite advice to seek alternative options, such as the family doctor, local pharmacist, or self-care Around one in 20 calls made to the healthcare helpline NHS 111 result in unnecessary attendance at emergency care within 24 hours, despite callers having been advised to seek alternative forms of care, reveals an analysis published in the online […]

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UK MPs with extra work roles may be nearly three times as likely to be ‘risky’ drinkers

Those with ‘probable’ mental health issues may also be at heightened risk, survey suggests UK parliamentarians with additional work roles may be nearly three times as likely to be ‘risky’ drinkers as MPs without these extra obligations, suggest the results of a small survey, published in the online journal BMJ Open. Those with ‘probable’ mental health […]

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2016 US election result preceded fall in proportion of boys born in Canada

Sex ratio at birth fell in politically liberal areas, but not in conservative ones The 2016 US presidential election result, which brought Donald Trump to power, was associated with a temporary fall in the proportion of boys to girls born in Ontario, Canada’s most populated province, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. This […]

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