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Children Born 2-3 Weeks Early Face Increased Risk Of Health Problems
2012-03-04 06:31:48

Babies born even a couple of weeks early could face a higher risk of health problems than full-term infants, claims a new study published Thursday on the website of the British Medical Journal (BMJ). According to Telegraph Medical Correspondent Stephen Adams, the researchers discovered that children born in weeks 37 and 38 were 33% more likely to develop long-term health issues and 15% more likely to develop asthma. Those findings are based on a study of 18,000 British children between...

2012-01-04 08:55:19

Missing clinical trial data can harm patients and lead to futile costs to health systems, warn experts on bmj.com today as part of an in-depth BMJ review of the matter. Missing data is a serious problem in clinical research. It distorts the scientific record, so that clinical decisions cannot be based on the best evidence. Today the BMJ publishes several papers that examine the extent, causes, and consequences of unpublished evidence. They confirm that a large proportion of evidence...

Working Pen Removed From Woman's Stomach After 25 Years
2011-12-21 06:03:43

A pen that spent a quarter of a century in a woman's stomach before being removed by doctors was still in working condition, according to an incredible story published this week in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Case Reports. According to Fox News and Edmonton Sun reports, the incident began when a 76-year-old woman was hospitalized for a stomach problem that caused weight loss and diarrhea. She told doctors about the pen, which she said she swallowed accidentally some 25 years...

2011-11-30 18:19:24

Student BMJ: Is medicine a woman's world? In the UK, women doctors are set to outnumber their male counterparts by 2017. The press has dubbed the rise "worrying" and "bad for medicine" but in an editorial published by Student BMJ today, Maham Khan asks is medicine becoming overfeminized and is having too many female doctors bad practice? Jane Dacre, Medical School Director at University College London, believes feminization is a fact, but disagrees that medicine is becoming...

2011-11-11 14:22:02

BMJ Careers: Rotas exempted from 48 hour limit now compliant Most of the 300 doctors in training rotas exempted from the 48 hour limit on working time imposed by the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) are now compliant, according to a report by BMJ Careers today. Rotas at 77 hospital trusts in England were "derogated" from the EWTD when it was introduced in August 2009, allowing them to operate at a maximum of 52 hours a week instead of 48 hours until 31 July 2011. A total of 57...

2011-10-26 12:51:58

Research: Honorary and ghost authorship in high impact biomedical journals - a cross sectional survey Just over one in five (21%) of articles published in six leading medical journals in 2008 have evidence of honorary and ghost authorship, finds a study published on http://www.bmj.com today. These results demonstrate that inappropriate authorship remains a problem in high impact biomedical publications, say the authors. Inappropriate (honorary and ghost) authorship and the resulting...

2011-10-04 09:40:52

Regional and temporal variations in organ donation across the UK (secondary analyses of databases) doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000055] There are significant variations in the number and type of organ donations made across all four UK countries, reveals research published online in BMJ Open. The research team analysed data from NHS Blood & Transplant for all four UK countries for the period 1990 to 2009, and compared data on registration and donation from other European countries....

2011-10-03 13:00:00

DynaMed Proven to be Only Reference with Current Best Evidence, Serious Implications for Quality Patient Care Ipswich, MA (PRWEB) October 03, 2011 DynaMedâ“ž¢ from EBSCO Publishing has been shown to be the most current point-of-care reference tool. A study published last month in the British Medical Journal (http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d5856.full) looked at how quickly five point-of-care products updated new evidence. The study determined that,...


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