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Seven days in medicine: 22-28 September 2021

Jue, 30/09/2021 - 07:30
Covid-19Youngest are least willing to have vaccineA survey in EClinicalMedicine of over 27 000 schoolchildren aged 9-18 in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Merseyside found that only 36%...

Our drug laws are racist, and doctors must speak out—an essay by Simon Woolley

Jue, 30/09/2021 - 02:01
UK drug policy is a mess. As Carol Black’s review showed in detail, the UK’s consumption of illegal drugs is growing across all sectors of society and our treatment system is near collapse.1 Our drug...

Use of menopausal hormone therapy and risk of dementia: nested case-control studies using QResearch and CPRD databases

Jue, 30/09/2021 - 02:00
AbstractObjectiveTo assess the risks of developing dementia associated with different types and durations of menopausal hormone therapy.DesignTwo nested case-control studies.SettingUK general...

DR Congo: WHO staff abused women and girls in Ebola outbreak, says “harrowing” independent report

Mié, 29/09/2021 - 18:06
Sexual exploitation and abuse, including rape and demands of sex in return for jobs, were committed by World Health Organization employees during the 2018-20 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic...

Afghanistan’s health system nears collapse as donors withdraw support

Mié, 29/09/2021 - 13:01
Afghanistan’s health system is collapsing and will cause an imminent humanitarian crisis if not tackled by international donors, say World Health Organization officials and medical non-governmental...

Long waits for NHS treatment are forcing patients to go private, warns Labour

Mié, 29/09/2021 - 10:56
Growing waiting lists for NHS treatment are forcing more people to pay thousands of pounds for private treatment and creating a two tier health system, the Labour Party has warned.In a keynote speech...

A third of ethnic minority staff working in mental health trusts have experienced harassment, bullying, or abuse at work

Jue, 09/09/2021 - 20:00
Thousands of ethnic minority staff working in mental health trusts are subjected to harassment, bullying, or abuse from the public or work colleagues, an analysis by the Royal College of...

Inviting adolescents aged 12-17 for covid-19 vaccination: the need for patience

Jue, 09/09/2021 - 13:51
The UK shows restraint in rolling out covid-19 vaccination for adolescents by reserving it for vulnerable children.1 We commend such prudence.2The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently accepted...

It’s more vital than ever that we have data to support the debate on assisted dying

Jue, 09/09/2021 - 11:41
In May 2021, Matt Hancock, the then secretary of state for health, commissioned the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to inject fresh evidence into the assisted dying debate.1 The ONS has been...

It’s time for all doctors to engage on assisted dying

Jue, 09/09/2021 - 11:36
The UK’s debate on assisted dying is regaining momentum. The UK and Scottish parliaments are soon to hear bills that would allow doctors to assist a dying patient’s death (doi:10.1136/bmj.n2012).1...

BMJ Awards 2021: Mental health team of the year

Jue, 09/09/2021 - 11:35
Meeting the physical needs of mental health patients“Mortality rates in patients with a severe mental illness are excessively high—they die up to 20 years earlier than the general population,” says...

BMJ Awards 2021: Women’s health team of the year

Jue, 09/09/2021 - 11:25
Telemedicine abortion care in the pandemic“As the covid-19 pandemic took hold, abortion services in Britain were on the brink of collapse,” says Michael Nevill, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service...