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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Almost a third of UK doctors may be ‘burnt out’ and stressed, poll suggests.

Those in emergency medicine and general practice most at risk. Nearly one in three UK doctors may be ‘burnt out’ and stressed,’ suggests the results of an in-depth survey, published in the online journal BMJ Open. The findings indicate that doctors working in emergency medicine and general practice are the most at risk of exhaustion, stress, […]

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Caring for a grandchild linked to lower risk of loneliness and social isolation

Active grandparents have larger social networks than those without this role Caring for a grandchild may be linked to a lower risk of loneliness and social isolation, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Active grandparents have larger social networks, which include people who are important to them, than those who don’t have this […]

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25-fold surge in vitamin D supplement prescriptions for kids in UK primary care

Increasingly higher doses and no prior diagnostic blood test in large number of cases The number of vitamin D supplement prescriptions written for children in primary care in the UK has surged 25-fold in under 10 years, reveals an analysis of family doctor (GP) prescribing data, published in the online journal BMJ Open. Increasingly higher doses […]

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3+ hours daily social media use linked to poor sleep patterns in UK teens

Findings provide “meaningful evidence” for adolescent health and wellbeing, say researchers Spending three or more hours a day on social media is associated with poor sleep patterns, such as falling asleep after 11 pm on school nights and waking during the night, among UK teens, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. The findings […]

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Antidepressants linked to heightened pregnancy related diabetes risk

Venlafaxine and amitriptyline and longer course of treatment associated with greatest risks Taking antidepressants while expecting a baby is linked to a heightened risk of developing diabetes that is specifically related to pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. The risk was greatest among mums to be who were […]

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Industry has unduly influenced TV advertising regs on restricting unhealthy kids’ foods

With commercial interests to protect, UK broadcast regulator Ofcom shouldn’t lead on public health issues, argue doctors Industry has unduly influenced the regulations for TV advertising of unhealthy foods to children, likely weakening legislation in this area, argue doctors in an analysis, published in the online journal BMJ Open. The UK broadcast regulator, Ofcom, which has […]

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