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14 August

BMJ Open: Anal sex between young men and women often seems coercive and painful

13 August

The BMJ: Clotting drug linked to fewer blood transfusions in joint surgery

The BMJ: Six in 10 doctors surveyed in Scotland plan to vote against independence

The BMJ: Publishing 'doctor death rates' is unhelpful

6 August

BMJ Open: Cheese still laden with salt, despite many products meeting reduction targets 

5 August

The BMJ: Centralising stroke services can reduce deaths and time in hospital

The BMJ: Prison smoking bans linked to substantial fall in deaths among US inmates

The BMJ: Common tuberculosis vaccine can be used to prevent infection as well as disease 

JECH: More than threefold surge in number of male teens drinking alcohol in India 

4 August

JNNP: HIV infection linked to lower multiple sclerosis risk 

JAMIA: Crowdsourcing may help dieters lose weight 

29 July

The BMJ: Five daily portions of fruit and vegetables may be enough to lower risk of death 

The BMJ: Why we should vaccinate boys against HPV as well as girls

The BMJ: A blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects 

24 July

Occupational and Environmental Medicine: Shift work linked to heightened risk of type 2 diabetes

Journal of Medical Ethics: Stop free fertility treatment for "lifestyle" babies to curb climate change 

23 July

The BMJ: Investigation raises new concerns over top-selling blood thinning drug 

17 July

The BMJ: Politically driven legislation targeting dangerous dogs has had little impact 

15 July

The BMJ: Underlying cause of cerebral palsy could lie in family links

The BMJ: Is it time to lock up those who committ research fraud?

14 July

Emergency Medicine Journal: Reduced range of facial expressions indicates serious heart/lung disease

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care: Patients with advanced co-existing illnesse and their carers face uphill struggle 


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Highlights for this week include HIV infection linked to lower multiple sclerosis risk (JNNP) and Concern over salt levels in cheese (BMJ Open)  




More on statins panel report:BMJ 'right' in statins claims row - Practice Business 5/8/14 

Statins report also covered by Pharmacy News, OnMedica, Medscape, Delhi Daily News, PulseHundreds of lives a year could be saved by closure of local hospital stroke units - The Times / The Times Ireland 6/8/14Stroke centres ‘save lives and cut hospital stays’ - The Independent / Independent i 6/8/14 Study finds in favour of centralised stroke care - The Guardian 6/8/14Centralised stroke care study also covered by BBC News, ITV News, MSN NZ News, Yahoo News, Medical Xpress, Health Service Journal, Delhi Daily News


Deborah Cohen interviewed for German TV documentary (ZDF Zoom) on medical devices - 6/8/14



More on The BMJ’s dabigatran investigation:Stroke drug warning – 7News (Australia) 4/8/14


Makers of blood-thinning drug Pradaxa 'put marketing ahead of safety', British Medical Journal finds – ABC News (Australia) 5/8/14

Blood-thinning drug still safe despite deaths, says Australian watchdog – The Guardian 5/8/14


Pradaxa marketing ploy compromised consumer safety – CHOICE (Australia) 6/8/14


Continued coverage of fruit and vegetable study:No benefit to eating more than five daily servings of produce, study suggests – Boston Globe 4/8/14

Five a day is OK, says study - The Nation (Thailand) / The Bangkok Post (Thailand) 5/8/14 Five Servings of Fruits, Vegetables Can Lower Deaths: Study - International Business Times (Australia) 6/8/14 England and Wales one step closer to prison smoking ban – Voice of Russia 7/8/14The new 5 a day – two pills, a stroll, sun and self-control – The Sunday Times (also in the Sunday Times Scotland and Ireland) 10/8/14


Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

HIV and multiple sclerosis: Antithesis, synthesis? - The Economist 05/08/14

HIV drugs could help to prevent and treat multiple sclerosis, say scientists - The Independent 05/08/14


People with HIV may be at lower risk for Multiple Sclerosis - US News & World Report 05/08/14


This story was also covered by Forbes,  Irish Independent,, Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Belfast Telegraph, Daily Mail, ITV News, OnMedica, Nursing Standard, NHS Choices,  2 Minute Medicine, HealthLine, MedPageToday, Medical News Today, Medical Xpress,,  Special Broadcasting Service (Australia), Yorkshire Post, International Business Times (UK), RedOrbit,  Independent Online (South Africa), NewsTalk ZB,,, Nursing Times, MSN.NZ, Emirates24/7, The Korea Herald, Star (Malaysia), Borneo Post, Straits Times (Singapore), Times Live (South Africa), Your Health Asia, Daily Star (Lebanon), Science Daily, Monthly Prescribing Reference, ChannelNews Asia, Daily News, Oxford Times


Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association


Food diary app users give good dietary advice, may help users lose weight - Medical Daily 05/8/14


Crowdsourcing apps may help dieters lose weight - The Economic Voice 05/8/14


Crowdsourcing is the next weapon in the dieter’s arsenal - Business Insider (Australia)  05/8/14


This story was also covered by, DaijiWorld (India)


BMJ Open


Cheese too salty and a risk to public health, study finds  The Guardian 07/08/14


Concern over salt levels in cheese - Times of Malta 07/08/14


Branded blue cheese and halloumi saltier than sea water - Delhi Daily News 07/08/14


This story was also covered by The Times, Times Ireland,  Huffington Post, The Economic Voice, The Independent, Independent i, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail ,Scottish Daily Mail, Metro, Daily Mirror, ITV news, Herald Scotland,, Irish Independent, WebMD, Yahoo News,, Western Morning News, Yorkshire Post, FoodNavigator,, Medical Daily, OnMedica, NHS Choices, The Grocer


Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health


Threefold surge in male teenage drinking in India: study - The Economic Voice 6/8/14


Threefold surge in male teenage drinking in India study reveals - India Today 6/8/14


Threefold surge in male teenage drinking - Financial Express 6/8/14


This story was also covered by The News Reports, TheHealthSite, Calcutta Telegraph, Morung Express, Pune Mirror, Jagran Post, IndiaTV news, Wonder Woman, NDTV, South Asian Times,,, chennai online,, health canal, OneIndia, Free Press,,,,


British Journal of Sports Medicine


Loaded questions (questions wisdom of carb-loading before an endurance event) - The South China Morning Post 5/8/14 (link not available)

Concussion treatment focuses on inner ear and cervical spine - Globe & Mail (Canada) 4/8/14


For Pro-soccer players concussion increases risk of other injuries    Business Insider 8/8/14


Tobacco Control


e-cigarette gateway myth - Wall Street Journal 6/8/14


BMJ Quality & Safety


The battle against misdiagnosis   Wall Street Journal  8/8/14


Occupational & Environmental Medicine


Try it, ditch it, switch it (link between green space and heavier babies) - Scottish Daily Mail 5/8/14  (link unavailable)


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