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2011-05-27 10:31:04

Children who are overweight may not be getting enough sleep at night, according to researchers in New Zealand. Their study, published in the online edition of British Medical Journal, followed 244 children between the ages of three and seven. The results showed that more sleep was linked to a lower weight, which could have important public health consequences, The Telegraph reports. UK experts said there was "no harm" in drawing attention to the link between reduced sleep and ill health. The...

2011-05-06 14:12:53

Study of deaths from cardiovascular disease in Bangladesh reveals interaction Arsenic exposure and smoking each elevate the risk of disease. But when combined together, the danger of dying from cardiovascular disease is magnified, a new study finds. Exposure to high or even moderate levels of the toxin arsenic through drinking water can elevate the risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, according to a new study published in British Medical Journal. Exposed individuals who smoke were hit...

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2010-06-23 09:46:50

Research: Mobile phone base stations and early childhood cancers: case-control study There is no association between risk of early childhood cancers and a mother's exposure to a mobile phone base station during pregnancy, concludes a new study published by the British Medical Journal on June 22. This is the first study to look at phone masts in Britain as a whole and is the largest of its kind. Use of mobile (cellular) phones has increased markedly in recent years and questions have been...

2010-06-16 07:55:09

Research: Sexuality and obesity, a gender perspective: Results from French national random probability survey of sexual behaviors Being obese impacts on sexual health according to research published in the British Medical Journal on June 15. The study reports that the rate of unplanned pregnancies is four times higher among single obese women than normal weight women, despite them being less likely to have been sexually active in the past year. Obese women are less likely to seek...

2009-10-22 14:23:59

A dramatic rise in antidepressant prescriptions issued by GPs has been caused by a year on year increase in the number of people taking antidepressant drugs on a long-term basis, according to researchers from the University of Southampton. In a paper, published in the printed edition of British Medical Journal (BMJ) tomorrow, scientists found that despite a drop in the number of new patients diagnosed with depression over 11 years, the number of prescriptions doubled. "We estimate that more...

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2009-09-18 12:30:00

Many studies have been conducted to show the beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle involving no smoking, a balanced diet and exercise, but few have been able to gauge the negative impacts of an unhealthy lifestyle. In Friday's British Medical Journal, researchers from Oxford University published findings of a recent study that showed middle-aged men who smoke, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol may live 10 years less than those who do not. Researchers used data from 19,000 male...

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2006-10-27 09:00:00

By Jeremy Laurance The achievements of medical science in the past 150 years have transformed our world. It is almost impossible to imagine a time when there were no vaccines against polio and diphtheria, no antibiotics and no anaesthetics, and where open heart surgery, transplants and test-tube babies were the stuff of science fiction. But which is the greatest medical breakthrough? The British Medical Journal, the house journal for Britain's doctors read by more than 100,000 in the UK and...

2004-11-26 03:00:11

Abstract Background Helicobacter pylori may have major implications for patients' wellbeing and future health. If a patient is found to be H. pylori positive it is important that the infection is eradicated because of the risk of associated peptic ulcers and gastric cancers. There are, however, great demands on NHS gastroenterology and endoscopy services and following the introduction of recent guidelines for dyspepsia some of these issues may be addressed. The literature suggests that a...


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