Volunteering in middle age and senior years linked to enhanced mental health

No positive association seen before age of 40, suggesting link varies across life course Volunteering in middle and older age is linked to good mental health/emotional wellbeing, finds a large study of British adults, published in the online journal BMJ Open. But no such association was seen before the age of 40, suggesting that the […]

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Prolonged sitting, non-fatal self-harm, and institutional mental healthcare: Most read articles in May

Prolonged sitting and fatigue, non-fatal self-harm, and trends in institutional mental healthcare in Western Europe This month sees a mixture of some old favourites and some new entries in the Top 10 Most Read list. First up is a pilot study by Wennberg et al which uses a randomised two-condition crossover trial to compare the acute effects of uninterrupted sitting […]

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Radiotherapy during surgery could save millions of travel miles and tonnes of CO2

…plus free up thousands of hours for women with early stage breast cancer, every year One targeted dose of radiotherapy given during surgery to remove early stage breast cancer could save millions of travel miles, enough CO2 emissions for a 100 hectare forest, and free up thousands of hours of women’s time, concludes research published […]

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Prenatal exposure to cannabis, overdiagnosis, and counterfeit medicines: Most read articles in April

Prenatal exposure to cannabis, public definitions of overdiagnosis, and counterfeit medicines in Peru The Top 10 Most Read papers list this month contains a number of new entries, many of which have been published within the current issue. They come from a wide range of of areas and some have attracted attention via press release, blogs and discussion […]

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Hospital self-harm cases have steadily risen among men in England since 2008

But only half of those going to hospital afterwards get mental health assessment The number of hospital cases of self-inflicted harm, such as cutting and overdosing on prescription meds, has risen steadily since 2008 in England among men, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. But only around half of those who go […]

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Ultra-processed foods, drinks marketed to children, and cannabis use in psychosis: Most read articles in March

Ultra-processed foods and added sugars, the content of drinks marketed to children, and cannabis use in first episode psychosis March was a busy month here at BMJ Open, with many new papers entering the Top 10 Most Read. In at number one this month is a popular paper which was press released and saw a lot […]

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