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“Fit notes” could become part of GP training, says deputy chief medical officer

Vie, 05/10/2018 - 11:31
Modules on understanding “fit notes” may be incorporated into undergraduate and postgraduate GP training, the deputy chief medical officer for England has said.The fit note, which replaced the “sick...

Doctor who changed patient consent form to cover up mistake is struck off

Jue, 04/10/2018 - 12:55
A specialist registrar in neurosurgery who changed a patient’s surgical consent form to cover up a mistake and who failed to disclose his disciplinary problems when seeking a hospital post has been...

Cochrane examines whether lead author of HPV review had undeclared conflicts of interest

Mié, 03/10/2018 - 17:20
The Cochrane Collaboration has asked its expert committee on financial links to consider whether the lead author of the review into the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Marc Arbyn of the Belgian...

GP at Hand adverts were misleading to patients, watchdog rules

Mié, 03/10/2018 - 17:06
The UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled that GP at Hand can no longer use adverts that don’t make it clear to patients that they must deregister from their current practice to use the service.The...

NHS will pay {pound}20m compensation to teenager for brain inȷury

Mié, 03/10/2018 - 15:55
The NHS will make compensation payments that could total nearly £20m (€22.5m; $26m) to an 18 year old woman who was left severely brain damaged when she was deprived of oxygen during treatment at the...

GSK will resume paying doctors to promote its drugs after policy U turn

Mié, 03/10/2018 - 15:51
The pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will once again pay doctors to speak on its behalf about its drugs and associated diseases.The UK based company announced at the...

Craving creativity: artists respond to addiction

Mié, 03/10/2018 - 11:26
bmj;363/oct03_1/k4150/FAF1faAt first glance, the fat candy-pink drips from a melting ice lolly could well satisfy your desire for cold and sweet. But look closer: that colourful coating isn’t of...

Sixty seconds on . . . monkeypox

Mar, 02/10/2018 - 17:51
Monkey what?Haven’t you been reading the news? Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in central and west Africa, near rainforests.1Can it affect humans?The virus is mostly...

US had record flu deaths last year, says CDC

Lun, 01/10/2018 - 17:50
A record number of US patients died from flu last year, with 80 000 deaths recorded in 2017-18, says the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield.He gave the...

NHS agrees to pay millions to woman left paralysed by TB meningitis

Lun, 01/10/2018 - 16:01
The NHS has agreed to pay millions of pounds to settle a negligence claim by a woman who was left tetraplegic by tubercular meningitis after twice being sent home by emergency department doctors at...

Doctors’ wellbeing: learning from the past can help improve the future

Lun, 01/10/2018 - 15:10
Recently, there has been much focus on doctors’ emotional health and the threat of burnout. There are campaigns to excise bullying from certain specialties, as well as research into wellbeing,...

Who will the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre rehabilitate?

Lun, 01/10/2018 - 12:05
Macdonald discusses the challenges of rehabilitating soldiers and veterans.1 The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre was recently opened in the United Kingdom.2 Of the 200 beds for...

Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient

Dom, 30/09/2018 - 19:05
Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient provides a measure of the strength of a montonic association, and not a linear one as incorrectly indicated in the original version of this article. Please...

Understanding the ecological fallacy

Dom, 30/09/2018 - 18:51
In an Endgames article by Philip Sedgwick “Understanding the ecological fallacy” (BMJ 2015;351:h4773, doi:10.1136/bmj.h4773) the definition of Spearman’s correlation coefficient was incorrect. Answer...

Association between population mean and distribution of deviance in demographic surveys from 65 countries: cross sectional study

Dom, 30/09/2018 - 18:21
The title of this Research paper (BMJ 2018;362:k3147, doi:10.1136/bmj.k3147) is missing a term, it should read “Association between population mean and prevalence and distribution of deviance in...

Outcome reporting bias in trials: a methodological approach for assessment and adjustment in systematic reviews

Vie, 28/09/2018 - 18:41
“Trials that presented findings that were not significant (P?0.05) for the protocol-defined primary outcome in the internal documents either were not reported in full or were reported with a changed...

Black and Asian doctors earn less than their white colleagues, official NHS figures show

Vie, 28/09/2018 - 16:56
New figures showing that black and Asian doctors earn less on average than their white colleagues are evidence of “unacceptable discrimination” in NHS pay levels, the BMA has said.Data from NHS...

Incidental imaging findings on oral radiology

Vie, 28/09/2018 - 16:51
O’Sullivan and colleagues emphasise the importance of incidental imaging findings.1 We agree with their conclusions: the high prevalence of incidental imaging findings; that clinicians should weigh...

Stalling life expectancy in the UK

Jue, 27/09/2018 - 18:35
The stalling of improvements in life expectancy in the UK since 2011, highlighted again in the most recent data,1 has prompted much comment and speculation about the causes. Longevity is the ultimate...

Allergy UK responds to comments about corporate sponsorship

Jue, 27/09/2018 - 17:00
McCartney makes some specific comments that misrepresent Allergy UK and its activities.1The statement in our leaflet, “Your GP will need to switch your infant to a prescribed formula,” has been taken...