Water births provide “clear benefits” for healthy mums and their newborns

Less need for intervention during/after the birth plus greater satisfaction for mums Water births provide “clear benefits” for healthy mums and their newborns, with fewer interventions and complications during and after the birth than standard care, as well as higher levels of satisfaction for the mum, finds a synthesis of the available evidence, published in […]

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Wearable activity trackers + AI might be used to pick up presymptomatic COVID-19

Fertility tracker identified indicative physiological changes up to 2 days ahead of symptoms Wearable activity trackers that monitor changes in skin temperature and heart and breathing rates, combined with artificial intelligence (AI), might be used to pick up COVID-19 infection days before symptoms start, suggests preliminary research published in the open access journal BMJ Open. The […]

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Men with prostate cancer have higher risk of serious blood clots

Male prostate cancer patients have a 50% higher risk of dangerous blood clots than men without prostate cancer   New research published in the online journal BMJ Open suggests that men with prostate cancer have a 50% higher risk of developing serious and potentially fatal blood clots during the five years after their cancer diagnosis compared […]

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Opioid overdose death toll has risen more than 5-fold among Indigenous Americans over past decade

Type of opioid involved might have changed, but not underlying social factors driving trends The opioid overdose death toll has risen more than 5-fold among American Indian and Alaska Native communities over the past decade, finds one of the first studies of its kind published in the open access journal BMJ Open. The type of opioid […]

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“Promising evidence” that osteopathy may relieve musculoskeletal pain

But little to back its use in children, or for the treatment of migraine or irritable bowel syndrome There’s “promising evidence” that osteopathy, the physical manipulation of the body’s tissues and bones, may relieve the pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions, finds a review of the available clinical evidence, published in the open access journal BMJ Open. […]

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Gut infection outbreaks halved during first 6 months of COVID-19 pandemic in UK

Several factors likely involved, but measures adopted to curb coronavirus had key role Could see permanent change if improved hygiene practice kept up, suggest researchers The number of reported gastrointestinal infection outbreaks more than halved during the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, compared with the previous 5-year average, while lab […]

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Achieving gender parity will take another 60 years for some UK surgical specialties

Fewest women in trauma and orthopaedics, cardiothoracic surgery, and neurosurgery Despite improvements over the past 10 years in driving up the number of women surgeons in the UK, achieving gender parity will take another 60 years for some surgical specialties, conclude researchers in the open access journal BMJ Open. The gender gap is widest in […]

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Doctors tend to overestimate gender equality progress in UK medicine, finds survey

Linked to reluctance, particularly among men, to back initiatives to narrow gender gap Doctors tend to overestimate the progress made towards gender equality in UK medicine, suggest the results of a snapshot survey published in the open access journal BMJ Open. These misperceptions are associated with greater reluctance, particularly among male doctors, to back initiatives […]

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UK stillbirths among black and South Asian communities still double those of rest of population

This is despite overall decline in rates in recent years Key causes placental issues and birth defects, but unknown in more than half of cases Despite an overall decline in stillbirths across the UK in recent years, rates among black and South Asian communities are still around double those of the rest of the population, […]

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