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2013-01-09 12:30:05

BMJ Editor says all trials must be registered and the results published A special report published by the BMJ today finds that thousands of melanoma patients around the world are undergoing an expensive and invasive procedure called sentinel node biopsy, despite a lack of clear evidence and concerns that it may do more harm than good. Although not recommended for routine use in England, it has become the standard care for melanoma patients in several countries including the United...

2012-12-20 14:01:56

Those dying of drug/alcohol misuse significantly more likely to have had difficult childhood Successful solo rock/pop stars are around twice as likely to die early as those in equally famous bands, indicates research published in the online journal BMJ Open. And those who died of drug and alcohol problems were more likely to have had a difficult or abusive childhood than those dying of other causes, the findings showed. The authors included 1489 North American and European rock and...

2012-12-19 05:01:02

Creator of popular virtual medical iPhone app MyBloodWorks comments on new study published in the journal BMJ, and encourages pregnant women to discuss hypertension monitoring and management with their physician. (PRWEB) December 18, 2012 Glen Ogle, creator of the virtual medical app MyBloodWorks, is encouraging pregnant women to talk to their doctor about a recent study published in the journal BMJ, which suggests that women who experience high blood pressure during pregnancy may be at a...

2012-11-21 15:14:03

Although the majority do have practical concerns over patient confidentiality and recognition Nearly nine out of ten clinicians carrying out biomedical research trials believe that trial data should be shared more easily, even though they do express some practical concerns, a study published today on bmj.com reveals. BMJ has long championed transparency in medical research. Last month, the journal launched an open data campaign to compel greater accountability in healthcare, and from...

2012-11-21 12:57:03

Checks have not reduced number of deaths from cardiovascular disease or cancer Researchers have found that routine general health checks, which have become common practice in some countries, do not reduce the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease or cancer. They do, however, increase the number of new diagnoses. Health checks were defined as screening for more than one disease or risk factor in more than one organ system offered to a general population unselected for disease or...

2012-10-16 11:35:08

Their professional identity is shattered and they fear colleagues' disapproval Doctors who have been on long term sick leave find it hard to return to work because they are overwhelmed with feelings of shame and failure, and fear the disapproval of colleagues, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. The authors call for cultural change, starting in medical school, to allow doctors to recognize their own vulnerabilities and cope better with both their own and their...

2012-09-18 22:18:23

Need for long and short term palliative care strategies to cope with this trend, say authors Cancer and chronic disease account for almost half of gradual deaths in European Union countries, suggests research published online in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. While there are variations in the absolute numbers across all 27 European Union (EU) countries, the figures suggest a need for both long and short term palliative care strategies to accommodate this trend, say the authors....

2012-08-16 00:39:05

Pay-for-performance schemes may do more harm than good by changing the mindset required for good doctoring, experts say In a cautionary editorial alongside a related article in today's issue of the British medical journal BMJ, leading experts in health policy and behavioral economics argue that pay-for-performance (P4P) schemes — which financially reward doctors and hospitals for hitting specific, numerical targets in such matters as preventing hospital readmissions or prescribing...

2012-06-26 13:56:57

Inequality evident for all causes and has not budged in 8 years The rate of stillbirths in England is twice as high among the least well off as it is among the most affluent, shows research published in the online journal BMJ Open. What is more, this inequality gap is evident across all causes of stillbirth, and has not changed in eight years, the findings show. The authors assessed the number of singleton stillbirths occurring in England between 2000 to 2007, inclusive. They looked...

Overdiagnosis Of Illnesses Is Harmful
2012-05-31 07:23:20

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com For some time, prevention and early detection were thought to be the best ways to treat illnesses. However, a new study describes how these two factors have unknowingly driven up the number of overdiagnoses. In a feature published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Ray Moynihan, a Senior Research Fellow at Bond University in Australia, states that "overdiagnosis poses a significant threat to human health by labeling healthy people as sick and wasting...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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