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2011-01-28 11:00:00

Student BMJ editorial: Are relationships good for you? The 'smug marrieds' may have good reason to feel pleased with themselves as experts today confirm that long-term committed relationships are good for mental and physical health and this benefit increases over time. In an editorial published by student BMJ, David and John Gallacher from Cardiff University say that on average married people live longer. They say that women in committed relationships have better mental health, while men in...

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2011-01-25 08:30:00

Famous composer Frederic Chopin, who experienced regular hallucinations during his lifetime, most likely experienced those visions because he suffered from a form of epilepsy, a pair of Spanish researchers claim in a new study. In their investigation, Manuel Vazquez Caruncho and Francisco Branas Fernandez of the Xeral-Calde Hospital Complex in Lugo studied Chopin's letters, as well as descriptions of what he experienced written by those closest to him, including his partner, George Sand, and...

2011-01-19 14:01:42

Secrets of the MMR scare: The Lancet's 2 days to bury bad news A series of denials and a failure to formally investigate allegations of misconduct in Andrew Wakefield's MMR research meant the public was misled about the credibility of the paper for six years. Dr Fiona Godlee, BMJ Editor in Chief, says the UK has consistently failed to take research misconduct seriously. She calls on the UK government to establish mandatory oversight of clinical research integrity within the NHS, as happens...

2010-12-11 00:19:48

Red for danger: The effects of red hair in surgical practice A study in the BMJ's Christmas issue published on bmj.com today confirms that there is no need for doctors to fear red heads. The research concludes that, contrary to popular belief, people with red hair do not bleed any more than other patients. The authors, led by surgeon Jonathan Barry from Morriston Hospital in Swansea, say that "red haired patients are traditionally regarded with a degree of trepidation by surgeons and...

2010-11-18 13:57:06

Editorial: Health and climate change Several leading medical journals have come together to urge health professionals everywhere to put health at the heart of climate change negotiations. An editorial published simultaneously in the BMJ, the Lancet and the Finnish Medical Journal today, warns that the links between climate policy and health policy must not be overlooked. The editorial has also been made available for publication in all peer reviewed medical journals worldwide through the...

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2010-10-29 09:45:00

Changing clocks to allow for more daylight hours during the afternoon could make people happier and healthier, and it could even help save the planet, according to a new study published in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The paper, which was written by Mayer Hillman, senior fellow emeritus with the Policy Studies Institute in London's University of Westminster, suggests adding one additional hour to Greenwich Mean Time year-round and two hours during 'Daylight...

2010-10-27 14:07:35

Press release from PLoS Medicine Journals need to develop policies to handle the inevitable competing interests that arise when they publish papers that may bring them reprint revenue or increase their impact factors. This is the conclusion of a research article by Andreas Lundh and colleagues from the Nordic Cochrane Centre published in this weeks PLoS Medicine. An accompanying perspective by Harvey Marcovitch, ex-chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and an editorial from the...

2010-08-10 14:35:00

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters today announced that BMJ Group has selected ScholarOne Manuscripts as the peer review workflow management system for all of its journals. BMJ Group publishes 33 leading specialist titles, and the British Medical Journal, one of the world's most influential and widely read journals. ScholarOne Manuscripts is an innovative, web-based peer review and submission application for scholarly publishers. ScholarOne Manuscripts...

2010-06-10 23:00:00

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters today announced that it has donated two ScholarOne Manuscripts sites to the newest members of the African Journal Partnership Project -- the Medical Journal of Zambia, John S. Kachimba, Editor; and the Ethiopian Journal of Health Services, Abraham Haileamlak, Editor. Since 2005, Thomson Reuters has worked with the Council of Science Editors to assist editors of sub-Saharan medical journals increase the visibility and quality...

2010-03-24 13:43:05

Research: The quality of reports of randomized trials in 2000 and 2006: Comparative study of articles indexed in PubMed New guidance to improve the reporting of trial findings is published simultaneously today (24 March 2010) by the BMJ and eight other leading journals around the world. Full and transparent reporting of trials is crucial to ensure that decisions about health care are based on the best available evidence. The guidance, known as the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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