UK ‘austerity’ since 2010 linked to tens of thousands more deaths than expected

Findings echo other research on stalled life expectancy improvement Extra social care spend more than twice as ‘productive’ as extra healthcare spend Central government austerity measures since 2010 are linked to tens of thousands more deaths than expected, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open on the joint impact of social care, public health, and […]

Read More…

Experts call for changes to regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products

Rules over sale, ban on indoor use, advertising restrictions and label warnings should apply, say experts Current regulation of electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products should change with different arrangements put in place for the two groups of products, suggests research published in BMJ Open. E-cigarettes, known as electronic nicotine delivery systems and heated tobacco products […]

Read More…

Likely extra 267,000 infant deaths in 2020 prompted by COVID-19 economic downturn

Figures correspond to nearly 7% more than expected, show World Bank economist estimates An extra 267,000 infants will likely have died in 2020 in low- and middle-income countries as a result of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, finds a modelling study, published in the online journal BMJ Open. This toll is 7% higher than expected […]

Read More…

Top 10 Most Read in July: bullying in academic medicine and clinical trial transparency

COVID-19 remains dominant in our top ten most read papers for July, 2021, with six of the ten spots held by COVID-19-related papers and Li et al.’s protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on female fertility reclaiming the top spot. But the two new entries in the top ten […]

Read More…

Middle-age height loss linked to heightened death risk in northern European women

But exercise may help to stave off shrinkage, findings suggest Height loss in middle age is linked to a heightened risk of early death, primarily from heart disease or stroke–at least in Northern European women–suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. But regular physical activity may help to stave off mid-life shrinkage, as well […]

Read More…

Men appear to bully more commonly than women in academic medicine

More than two thirds of perpetrators are men, more than half the victims are women and less than a third of victims report the bullying they have experienced, say researchers A greater proportion of men than women exhibit bullying behaviours during medical training and academic practice, and only a minority of victims report their experiences, […]

Read More…

Border controls, restricted entry, traveller quarantine essential for curbing COVID-19 and future pandemics

Comprehensive case finding, repeat testing, and apps for contact tracing and self-isolation also key Border controls, restricted entry, and quarantine for inbound travellers are essential for stopping not just COVID-19, but any future pandemic, in its tracks, finds a review of the available published evidence on early infection control in the online journal BMJ Open. Comprehensive […]

Read More…

Number and relative age of siblings is linked to risk of cardiovascular events

First-born children have a lower risk of cardiovascular events, but having lots of siblings is associated with an increased risk First-born children have a lower risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes than brothers and sisters born later, but people who are part of a large family with many siblings have an […]

Read More…

Autistic people across Europe have struggled to access COVID-19 services during pandemic

Likely result: rises in associated deaths, ill health, and poor quality of life, warn authors Autistic people across Europe have not only struggled to access standard health and care services during the pandemic, but, crucially, also those for COVID-19, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. The likely consequences of this widening of existing […]

Read More…