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New era of surgery promises safer and tailored treatments but will require new methods of learning, says report

Vie, 07/12/2018 - 16:32
Surgery is about to undergo a massive transformation, an independent review has predicted, because a wave of new technologies and better understanding of human biology will change the way all types...

Complaints against doctors fell by 8% in 2017

Vie, 07/12/2018 - 15:10
Complaints about doctors to the General Medical Council are falling and more cases are being resolved without a full investigation, the latest annual report from the regulator shows.1Numbers of...

Relative risk of developing dementia after being prescribed anticholinergic drugs

Vie, 07/12/2018 - 11:11
Richardson and colleagues’ study on anticholinergic drugs and risk of dementia is admirable and very thoroughly carried out.1 The authors do not, however, make a clear statement of what most readers...

Government abandons plans to allow trusts to use “safe spaces” to investigate safety breaches

Vie, 07/12/2018 - 10:56
The UK government has dropped controversial plans to accredit NHS trusts in England to conduct their own safety investigations under rules which prohibit sharing information with patients who have...

Mental Health Act must be updated to give patients power over care, says review

Jue, 06/12/2018 - 12:55
People detained under the Mental Health Act deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and to have their views properly taken into account, an independent review of the act commissioned by the...

Incidental findings on routine eye examination

Jue, 06/12/2018 - 12:11
A 26 year old man was referred to the ophthalmology department after a lesion in his left eye was discovered on routine eye examination. Slit lamp biomicroscopy revealed an inferior iris granuloma...

A history of opioid abuse. . . and other stories

Jue, 06/12/2018 - 12:06
Opioid epidemicWriting in the New York Review of Books, a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine traces the history of the opioid abuse epidemic in the United States. It’s estimated...

Doctors from ethnic minority backgrounds earn less than white colleagues

Jue, 06/12/2018 - 12:05
Doctors from ethnic minority backgrounds working in some roles are paid thousands of pounds less a year than their white colleagues, data from NHS Digital show.1Asian or British Asian consultants...

Partha Kar: Stan Lee’s lessons for the NHS

Jue, 06/12/2018 - 12:01
Last month the world lost Stan Lee, the great comic book creator. I was one of many who mourned his loss. As a child I loved the colourful panels and stories of heroism in comic books, and as I’ve...

Celebrating the best in South Asian healthcare: who won a BMJ award?

Jue, 06/12/2018 - 11:55
On 1 December the best of the region’s medical community gathered in Chennai to honour the doctors and teams that showed innovativeness and excellence in healthcare at the BMJ Awards South Asia...

Five year lung plan calls for wider use of spirometry

Mié, 05/12/2018 - 07:30
Spirometry should be used much more by general practices to improve the diagnosis of lung disease, says a five year plan for lung health in England.1The Taskforce for Lung Health recommends changes...

Doctors are cutting corners to deal with pressure, says GMC

Mié, 05/12/2018 - 01:30
Doctors are taking steps to cope with workload pressure that may be piling more pressure on other parts of the system, the General Medical Council has said.A new report by the regulator on the state...

Baby is born after uterus transplantation from dead donor

Mié, 05/12/2018 - 01:00
A woman in Brazil is said to be the first in the world to give birth after a transplantation of a uterus from a deceased donor. The medical breakthrough, reported in the Lancet, could offer more...

David Oliver: Preventing a Gosport repeat

Mar, 04/12/2018 - 17:55
In the wake of this June’s inquiry report on the sometimes preventable or needlessly distressing deaths of 451 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the 1990s,1 a November Commons statement by...

Hierarchies serve us well

Mar, 04/12/2018 - 16:11
Is this article a mild but largely political polemic or a somewhat rhetorical essay?1 Taken with the Editor’s Choice,2 we seem to be guided into the untenable and ideological position that...

US life expectancy falls for third year in a row

Mar, 04/12/2018 - 15:50
Life expectancy at birth in the United States fell again in 2017 for the third year running, the longest sustained decline since 1915-18, when the first world war and the 1918 Spanish influenza...

Encouraging active travel to improve health and save money

Vie, 30/11/2018 - 15:35
Every year the NHS faces a financial crisis.1 Seventy per cent of the NHS budget is spent on long term conditions, all of which could be improved or prevented (by some 20-40%) by physical activity....

Breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma

Vie, 30/11/2018 - 14:50
Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) has been reported in association with a tibial implant, dental implant, chest injection port, gluteal implant, shoulder repair, and a gastric band placement.1 It...

Constant sickness is not good news

Vie, 30/11/2018 - 14:45
My first pregnancy was unplanned but welcome. I became hyperemetic quickly. I felt queasy even before the positive pregnancy test result—around week 4 of the pregnancy everything suddenly smelt...

Doctors demand to see evidence on safety of medical devices approved in Europe

Vie, 30/11/2018 - 14:20
Senior doctors, consumer groups, and campaigners for transparency are urging the European Commission to force the manufacturers of high risk medical devices to make public all the evidence they hold...