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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Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to low birthweight and intensive care

As drug gains social acceptance, doctors and women need to be better informed, say researchers Use of cannabis during pregnancy is linked to low birthweight and the need for intensive care, reveals an analysis of the available evidence, published in the online journal BMJ Open. As cannabis becomes more socially acceptable, it’s important that prospective mums-to-be and […]

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Sugar content in fruit drinks marketed to kids “unacceptably high”

Almost half of products assessed contain entire daily recommended maximum intake The sugar content of fruit drinks—including natural fruit juices and smoothies—is “unacceptably high,” with smoothies among the worst offenders, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Almost half the products assessed contained at least a child’s entire daily recommended maximum sugar intake […]

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Medical writing support, postnuclear disaster evacuation, and publication culture: Most read articles in February

Medical writing support and the quality of reporting, postnuclear disaster evacuation, and the current publication culture Once again, this month sees a selection of new papers entering the Top 10 Most Read list, alongside some old favourites. Returning to the top spot this month is Teschke et al‘s paper on bicycling injury hospitalisation rates, which continues to attract attention and […]

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‘Ultra-processed’ foods make up more than half of all calories in US diet

…And contribute 90 per cent of all dietary added sugar intake ‘Ultra-processed’ foods make up more than half of all calories consumed in the US diet, and contribute nearly 90% of all added sugar intake, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Ultra-processed foods are formulations of several ingredients. Besides salt, sugar, oils and […]

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The NHS Health Check in England, bereavement by suicide, and public involvement in medical research: Most read articles in January

NHS Health Checks, the risks of bereavement by suicide, and public involvement in medical research The Top 10 Most Read list for January is almost completely comprised of new entries, with the exception of the ever popular review by Kristensen et al on the effects of statins. In the top spot this month is an evaluation […]

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Antidepressants and risk of mania, medically unexplained symptoms and the association between alcohol and mortality in Alzheimer’s: Most read articles in December

Antidepressants, medically unexplained symptoms, and alcohol consumption in Alzheimer’s patients December saw a lot of new papers entering the Top 10 Most Read, with half of them being from the current issue. Patel et al‘s research paper, complete with video abstract and press release, questions whether antidepressants increase the risk of mania and bipolar disorder […]

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