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Oliver Cromwell reportedly suffered from renal stones, which feature on our cover this week. According to his doctor, as recorded in The Death of Oliver Cromwell, his preferred coping mechanism was “to swill down several sorts of liquor, and then stir his body by some violent motion . . . that by such agitation he might disburden his bladder.” Medical management has come on a lot since then, as Monica Morgan and Margaret Pearle describe in their State of the Art clinical review (doi:10.1136/bmj.i52).  
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about 3 years ago
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South Africa’s sex workers will receive HIV prevention and treatment

South Africa is to supply sex workers with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treat those who test HIV positive with antiretroviral medication without waiting for their CD4 counts to drop, the country’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said.1 The proposals are part of a comprehensive plan for sex workers that was announced last week.  
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about 3 years ago
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Austerity is linked to rising mortality among older pensioners

Cuts to benefits for poorer pensioners have been linked to rising mortality rates among those aged 85 and above, in a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.1  
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about 3 years ago
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Antibiotic resistance in children with E coli urinary tract infection

It’s not an unusual presentation in primary care—an alert, responsive preschool child with a temperature of 39°C, unremarkable findings on examination, but with leucocytes and nitrites in the urine. Given a strong suspicion of a urinary tract infection, and with Escherichia coli being the most likely organism, empirical management with one of a small number of cheap and available antibiotics would follow.1  
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about 3 years ago
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Antibiotic resistance in children with E coli urinary tract infection

It’s not an unusual presentation in primary care—an alert, responsive preschool child with a temperature of 39°C, unremarkable findings on examination, but with leucocytes and nitrites in the urine. Given a strong suspicion of a urinary tract infection, and with Escherichia coli being the most likely organism, empirical management with one of a small number of cheap and available antibiotics would follow.1  
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about 3 years ago
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Obesity may increase risk of rare type of stroke in women taking oral contraceptives

Obese women who use oral contraceptives seem to have a raised risk of a rare type of stroke known as a cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT), a study published online by JAMA Neurology shows.1  
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about 3 years ago
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Seven days in medicine: 9-15 March

Junior doctors staged a protest march in London, UK, from St Thomas’ Hospital to the Department of Health, to oppose the government’s handling of its ongoing dispute with the profession. Another group of doctors marched outside the BBC’s London headquarters at Broadcasting House, to protest at the lack of mainstream media coverage of the latest 48 hour strike.  
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about 3 years ago
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Bisphosphonates beyond five years

The long term benefit and harm of management to continue or stop bisphosphonates after five years is incompletely understood  
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about 3 years ago
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Doctors on demand

Oliver Cromwell reportedly suffered from renal stones, which feature on our cover this week. According to his doctor, as recorded in The Death of Oliver Cromwell, his preferred coping mechanism was “to swill down several sorts of liquor, and then stir his body by some violent motion . . . that by such agitation he might disburden his bladder.” Medical management has come on a lot since then, as Monica Morgan and Margaret Pearle describe in their State of the Art clinical review (doi:10.1136/bmj.i52).  
feeds.bmj.com
about 3 years ago
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The rewards of switching to digital

iPads: Of 88 patients with kidney stones facing surgery, 71 (81%) said that they preferred receiving information about the procedure by video on an iPad than in a face to face meeting with a doctor. The video also improved understanding, research presented at the European Association of Urology conference in Munich, Germany showed.  
feeds.bmj.com
about 3 years ago
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Antibiotic resistance in children with E coli urinary tract infection

It’s not an unusual presentation in primary care—an alert, responsive preschool child with a temperature of 39°C, unremarkable findings on examination, but with leucocytes and nitrites in the urine. Given a strong suspicion of a urinary tract infection, and with Escherichia coli being the most likely organism, empirical management with one of a small number of cheap and available antibiotics would follow.1  
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about 3 years ago
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Commuters who shun car travel keep slimmer, study concludes - BBC News

People who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work keep more weight off than commuters who travel by car, a large UK study has found.  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago
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Supercomputer copies whole-body blood flow - BBC News

Physicists say a supercomputer simulation of blood flow around the entire human body is showing promise, based on an experimental test.  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago
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Sugar tax surprise in Budget - but growth forecasts cut - BBC News

George Osborne announces a tax on sugary soft drinks, downgrades growth forecasts and warns of the risks of leaving the EU in his Budget.  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago
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43% 'resume smoking after giving birth' - BBC News

Nearly half of women who stop smoking during pregnancy take it up again as soon as they give birth, research in the journal Addiction shows.  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago
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Stimulating brain with electricity 'boosts stroke recovery' - BBC News

Stimulating the brain with electrical current can help improve recovery after a stroke, research from the University of Oxford suggests.  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago
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E-cigarette law fails after 'cheap date' jibe at Plaid Cymru - BBC News

A public health bill which included a ban on e-cigarette use in some public places is rejected after a Labour minister called Plaid Cymru "a cheap date".  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago
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Mile a day campaign launched in UK primary schools - BBC News

The BBC's Robert Pigott visits Hallfield Primary in Central London where children are joining in a campaign encouraging them to run a mile a day.  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago
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Liver transplant boy Harry Maceachen and father 'doing well' - BBC News

Father Simon Maceachen, who gave part of his liver to his four-year-old son, Harry, has said they are both doing well after the transplant.  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago
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Eye risk from 'overstretched NHS' - BBC News

Hundreds of patients are suffering irreversible sight loss every year in England because services are overstretched and under-resourced says the president of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Prof Carrie MacEwen.  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago