Category Archives: BMJ 341

BMJ 2010: 341: 1227 – 78 (11th December)

The Daily Mail seem to have got it right, for once – a recent study has indeed shown daily aspirin appears to reduce the risks of dying from a range of common cancers, with a 10% reduction in overall mortality.  … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 314: 1171 – 1226 (4th December)

Not much for me in the research studies this week. About the only possibly useful point was that the people who think measuring BMI in children isn’t helpful may be wrong, at least in 9 – 12-year-olds, in whom it … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 1111 – 1170 (27th November)

The most interesting article this week was on causes and investigation of peripheral neuropathy. My usual approach for patients with peripheral neuropathy is to send them off for random glucose, B12, and folate, and if all those are normal to … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 1059 – 1110 (20th November)

All sorts of factors (efficacy at preventing MI, side-effect profile, cost) come into play when considering the choice of antihypertensive, but we now have a new one – effectiveness of prevention of heart failure. Surprisingly, diuretics were the most effective … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 947 – 1002 (6th November)

If patients come to me concerned about their risk of future bowel cancer, I can now advise them on how to reduce it substantially by appropriate health behaviours. Five factors were all found to make a difference: avoiding smoking, avoiding … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 897 – 946 (30th October)

This issue contained a study on providing antenatal screening for thalassaemia and sickle-cell in general practice. We should, apparently, be offering this screening when pregnant women first book in, so that they have positive results as early as possible in … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 841 – 96 (23rd October)

Anyone know what the hell Brucellosis is? No, me neither – at least not until this week’s article on the subject enlightened me. It is, in case you were wondering, a bacterial zoonosis (anyone know what the hell a zoonosis … Continue reading

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