‘Frequent attenders’ comprise 4 in every 10 family doctor consultations in England

They visit their GP 5 times as often as other patients on practice lists Proportion of these patients has risen over past two decades ‘Frequent attenders’ now make up around 4 in every 10 family doctor (GP) consultations in England, and the proportion of such patients has risen over the past two decades, reveals a […]

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Third of first year university students have moderate to severe depression/anxiety

Upping drug use linked to heightened risk; sense of belonging linked to lower risk Around a third of first year university students have or develop moderate to severe anxiety and/or depression, suggests the first study of its kind, published in the open access journal BMJ Open. Increasing use of prescription (but not prescribed) and illicit drug […]

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Housework linked to sharper memory and better falls protection in older adults

Findings independent of other types of regular physical activity Housework is linked to sharper memory, attention span, and better leg strength, and by extension, greater protection against falls, in older adults, finds research published in the open access journal BMJ Open. The findings were independent of other regular recreational and workplace physical activities, and active commuting. […]

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Zinc might help to stave off respiratory infection symptoms and cut illness duration

But quality of evidence variable, and no clarity on optimal formulation or dose A zinc supplement might help stave off the symptoms of respiratory tract infections, such as coughing, congestion, and sore throat, and cut illness duration, suggests a pooled analysis of the available evidence, published in the open access journal BMJ Open. But the quality […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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