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Concerns over 'exaggerated' study claims of AI outperforming doctors

Many studies claiming that artificial intelligence is as good as (or better than) human experts at interpreting medical images are of poor quality and are arguably exaggerated, posing a risk for the safety of 'millions of patients' warn researchers in The BMJ today.
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Acupuncture can reduce migraine headaches

Acupuncture can reduce migraine headaches compared to both sham (placebo) acupuncture and usual care, finds a new trial from China published by The BMJ today.
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Concern over industry support for wider access to medical cannabis

An investigation by The BMJ has uncovered links between groups and individuals campaigning for wider access to cannabis for medical reasons and those pushing for the legalization of cannabis for recreational use.
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Media reports of celebrity suicide linked to increased suicide rates

Media reporting of suicide, especially celebrity suicides, is associated with increases in suicide in the general population, particularly by the same method as used by the celebrity, finds an analysis of the latest evidence published by The BMJ today.
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WHO Accused of Conducting Vaccine Trial Without Participant Consent in Three African Countries

A scathing opinion piece in the BMJ is accusing the World Health Organization of conducting a pilot program in Africa for an experimental malaria vaccine without acquiring the informed consent of participants. Experts are calling it a “serious breach” of international bioethical standards and potentially “a disaster…Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Africa, Medical Research, World Health Organization, Vaccines, Malaria, Bmj, Bioethics, Clinical Trials, Research Ethics, Clinical Ethics


Rise in global deaths and disability due to lung diseases over past three decades

There has been an increase in deaths and disability due to chronic respiratory (lung) diseases over the past three decades, finds an analysis of data from 195 countries published by The BMJ today.
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EPA Science Advisory Board Full of Industry Shills Calls Air Pollution Research 'Not Trustworthy'

A study released last week in the medical journal the BMJ put into stark relief the deadly toll of ozone pollution. Researchers found cities plagued by this pollution saw 6,000 additional deaths each year. Saving those lives requires regulations that limit the precursors emitted from tailpipes and industrial sources,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Air Pollution, Epa, Bmj, Trump, Ozone


Yale study adds to evidence of diabetes drug link to heart problems

A new study published by The BMJ adds to evidence that rosiglitazone -- a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes -- is associated with increased risk of heart problems, especially heart failure.
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Industry funding of patient groups lacks governance and transparency

Industry funding of patient groups is common in many high income countries, but few patient groups have formal policies that govern corporate funding and financial transparency is inadequate, warn experts in The BMJ today.
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Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in the long run

Medicinal cannabis might not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain over the long term, because frequent users might build up tolerance to its sleep-inducing effects, suggests preliminary research published online in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
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Sausages and other ‘ultra-processed foods’ could increase the risk of early death by 60 per cent

Eating sausages and other “ultra processed foods” could increase the risk of early death by 60 per cent, research suggests. Two studies, published in the BMJ, link ready meals and other foods containing high levels of added fat and sugar to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. The research found that those eating four portions a day of such foods had a 62 per cent increased mortality risk, compared with those consuming less than two servings daily. Each serving increased the risk of ea...
Tags: UK, Science, Australia, Spain, Bmj, Mediterranean, Deakin University, University of Navarra, Mark Lawrence, Paris Sorbonne University


New evidence links ultra-processed foods with a range of health risks

Two large European studies published by The BMJ today find positive associations between consumption of highly processed ('ultra-processed') foods and risk of cardiovascular disease and death.
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NHS commissioners are ignoring guidelines by rationing cataract surgery

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England are ignoring clinical guidelines by rationing access to cataract surgery, The BMJ has found.
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Joint supplements could reduce the chance of early heart death by a fifth

Taking over-the-counter joint supplements could lower the risk of dying from heart disease by up to a fifth, new research suggests. The study of almost half a million adults found those who consumed glucosamine - which is used to protect against arthritis - had significantly lower rates of heart attacks and strokes. The food supplements, which cost as little as 10 pence a day, are commonly taken to protect against joint pain. The compound - produced naturally by the body in cartilage between the...
Tags: UK, Science, US, Bmj, British Heart Foundation, CRP, CVD, Harvard School of Public Health, Sonya Babu Narayan


Access to medical cannabis must be improved, argue top doctor and mother of Alfie Dingley

Despite a change in the law last year, access to medical cannabis in the UK has been much slower than patients and parents had hoped, warns an expert in The BMJ today.
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Premature birth linked to increased risk of chronic kidney disease into later life

Preterm and early term birth are strong risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) from childhood into mid-adulthood, suggests a study from Sweden published by The BMJ today.
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The HPV Vaccine Is Already Dramatically Lowering Rates of Cervical Disease

A new study out Wednesday in the BMJ is the latest to showcase even the short-term benefits of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It found that the routine vaccination of preteen girls in Scotland, starting in 2008, led to drastically lower rates of cervical disease by the time the girls turned 20. That included…Read more...
Tags: Science, Scotland, Cancer, HPV, Vaccines, Bmj, Cervical Cancer


Should we screen people for irregular heartbeat?

Should we screen people for irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation, or AF for short) in an effort to prevent strokes? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today.
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Online support for GPs reduces unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions

New research from King's College London, published today in The BMJ, shows that electronically-delivered prescribing feedback and online decision support for GPs reduces unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory illness.
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Eating Breakfast May Not Be That Helpful for Weight Loss After All

Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, but according to a new review out Wednesday in the BMJ, it won’t help you lose weight. The study found no good evidence that regularly eating breakfast helps us cut down on calories or avoid weight gain. More damning, it even found some evidence that…Read more...
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Eating Breakfast Maybe Not Be That Helpful for Weight Loss After All

Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, but according to a new review out Wednesday in the BMJ, it won’t help you lose weight. The study found no good evidence that regularly eating breakfast helps us cut down on calories or avoid weight gain. More damning, it even found some evidence that…Read more...
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Should we rename low-risk cancers?

Should we rename low-risk ('indolent') cancers in a bid to reduce anxiety and harm from unnecessary investigation and treatment? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today.
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Three weeks in a cast may be just as good as six for healing ankle fractures

Wearing a cast or ankle support for three weeks may be no worse than the usual six weeks for healing ankle fractures, suggest the findings of a randomized controlled trial published in The BMJ today.
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Can artificial intelligence help doctors and patients have better conversations?

In a recent article in the BMJ, researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Edinburgh explore the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve patient/provider communication, including providing information about patients' physical and mental health, detecting high-risk situations when providers are under stress, and preventing unnecessary testing
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Study reveals financial interests of patient organizations assessing NHS treatments

More than two thirds of patient organizations involved in assessing treatments for NHS use received funding from the maker(s) or a competitor of that treatment, yet decision makers were aware of less than a quarter of these interests, finds a review in The BMJ today.
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Report: Coca-Cola Is Quietly Influencing China's Obesity Policy—and Shifting Blame From Itself

Soft drink companies have fought tooth and nail to hold onto their customers, even as public health experts and governments have tried to get people to cut down on the sugary products they make. But a new investigative report in the BMJ highlights just how far Coca-Cola in particular has gone to protect its profits…Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Obesity, China, Coca Cola, Bmj, Coke, Money In Medicine


Expert reveals how Coca-Cola shaped obesity science and policy in China

An investigation published by The BMJ today reveals how Coca-Cola has shaped obesity science and public health policy in China towards its own interests.
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One in 4 women at sexual health clinics reports coercion over their reproductive lives

As many as one in four women attending sexual and reproductive healthcare services say they are not allowed to take control of their own reproductive lives, reveals a review of the available evidence, published today in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health.
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No compelling evidence for health benefits of non-sugar sweeteners

There is no compelling evidence to indicate important health benefits of non-sugar sweeteners, and potential harms cannot be ruled out, suggests a review of published studies in The BMJ today.
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Does alcohol on greeting cards undermine public health messages about harmful drinking?

Birthday and Christmas cards featuring alcohol or harmful drinking 'reflect and reinforce a social attitude that excess alcohol consumption is acceptable and associated with celebration,' warn experts in The BMJ today.
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