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2011-10-12 11:39:42

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that conflicts of interest (COI) are prevalent and potentially underreported among individuals participating in the development of clinical practice guidelines, which inform standards of patient care. The findings provide further evidence of the potential influence of industry on medical practice recommendations. The study is published online Oct. 12 in BMJ: The British Medical Journal. To assess COI, the Mount Sinai team reviewed...

2009-05-21 09:16:35

Improving communications skills and the use of a simple blood test could help cut the growing number of inappropriate prescriptions of antibiotics, a joint Cardiff University trial has discovered. In a major new clinical trial, published in the British Medical Journal, a team of researchers from Cardiff University's School of Medicine together with researchers from the Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands found those GPs in primary care who underwent training in advanced...

2009-02-24 14:05:09

A top breast cancer expert is warning that women who choose minimally invasive breast surgeries for better cosmetic outcomes could be putting their lives at risk. In an editorial on the British Medical Journal's Web site, Monica Morrow, the chief of breast service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, wrote effectiveness and safety, as well as aesthetic outcomes, need to be considered when planning surgery for breast cancer. She said over the past 30 years, surgery has become...

2009-02-18 09:16:51

Lighting up not only is dangerous to your own health, but it could actually cause dementia in the people around you. A new study in the British Medical Journal finds that exposure to second-hand smoke could increase the risk of developing dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment. Researchers said previous studies have already established a possible link between active smoking and cognitive impairment and a link between exposure to second-hand smoking and poor cognitive impairment in...

2008-09-11 03:00:08

By Brezis, Mayer Belmaker, R H Mayer Brezis, MD, MPH Center for Clinical Quality & Safety, Hadassah Medical Center & School of Public Health, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Abstract: A landmark paper on Game Theory showed that individual maximization of profit necessarily endangers the public good, and since the problem has no technical solution, "it requires a fundamental extension in morality" (1). We propose here that public health, as a public good, now emerges as...

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...

2005-04-28 07:34:18

Two large U.K. studies seem to reverse conventional wisdom HealthDayNews -- Vitamin D and calcium supplements appear to have no effect in preventing elderly people from getting fractures, according to the results of two major studies released Wednesday night. The findings are particularly important because elderly people, especially those with osteoporosis, have a high risk of bone fractures, and earlier research has shown that these supplements cut that risk. The latest news comes out of...

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  • 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.