Strobe lighting at dance music festivals linked to tripling in epileptic fit risk

Warnings and preventive measures needed for susceptible individuals, argue researchers Strobe lighting at electronic dance music festivals may be linked to a tripling in the risk of epileptic fits in susceptible individuals, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Organisers need to issue warnings and advice on preventive measures, particularly for those who have […]

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Skilled health workforce in India does not meet WHO recommended threshold

The density of the total health workforce is estimated to be 29 per 10,000 population but only 16 per 10,000 for trained workers The skilled health workforce in India does not meet the minimum threshold of 22.8 skilled workers per 10,000 population recommended by the World Health Organisation, shows research published today in the online […]

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Weight gain and loss may worsen dementia risk in older people

Study recommends continuous weight control and monitoring of weight changes to prevent dementia development Older people who experience significant weight gain or weight loss could be raising their risk of developing dementia, suggests a study from Korea published today in the online journal BMJ Open. Dementia is an important health problem especially with increasing life expectancy […]

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Alcohol marketing awareness linked to ‘higher risk’ drinking among UK teens

While ownership of branded merchandise is linked to future intentions to try alcohol among never drinkers Medium to high awareness of alcohol marketing among UK teens is linked to increased consumption and a greater probability of ‘higher risk’ drinking among current drinkers, finds a large observational study published in the online journal BMJ Open. And ownership […]

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Acupuncture may ease troublesome menopausal symptoms

Linked to reductions in hot flushes, sweating, mood swings, sleep disturbance, skin and hair problems A brief course of acupuncture may help to ease troublesome menopausal symptoms, suggests a small study published in the online journal BMJ Open. Among women dealing with moderate to severe symptoms, acupuncture was associated with reductions in hot flushes, excess sweating, […]

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Brexit could lead to thousands of extra heart disease and stroke deaths

Fruit and veg prices will rise sharply, prompting substantial drop in intake, warn researchers Fruit and veg intake linked to cardiovascular health UK highly dependent on fruit and veg imports Brexit will push up trade costs, but ‘no deal’ will be costliest Thousands of extra deaths from heart disease and stroke might become a reality […]

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More than half of UK female surgeons have experience of workplace discrimination, poll suggests

Orthopaedics viewed as most sexist of all surgical specialties, responses show More than half of female surgeons in the UK have faced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace, suggest the results of a confidential online poll, published in the online journal BMJ Open. Orthopaedics was seen as the most sexist of all the surgical specialties, the […]

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Children may be most at risk of stab injuries on way home from school

Distinct temporal and geographical patterns evident for knife crime among young people Children may be most at risk of being stabbed on their way home from school, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Quite apart from the known links between knife crime and deprivation and male gender, there seem to be distinct temporal […]

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National bans on slapping children linked to less youth violence

In countries with full bans at home and school, rates of physical fighting are 42%-69% lower National bans on parents slapping or spanking their children to punish them for bad behaviour are linked to lower rates of youth violence, reveals an international study published in the online journal BMJ Open. Countries that prohibit corporal punishment at […]

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