The BMJ

The BMJ


The BMJ aims to lead the debate on health, and to engage doctors, researchers and health professionals to improve outcomes for patients

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"Medical school teaches us about health inequalities, but lectures cannot give us an appreciation of what life is like when you have few choices." @oliviabhoffmann  on how a social accountability placement shaped her as a future doctor @StudentBMJ 

Freezing embryos for later transfer as part of assisted reproductive treatment does not result in a higher chance of pregnancy compared with fresh embryo transfer, finds new #BMJresearch 

"To be effective, testing needs to be accessible even to the most disadvantaged people in society, and those tested need to receive support, information, and advice. Otherwise the system will be chaotic, wasteful, ineffective, and harmful." @angelaraffle 

"Messages urging people not to attend medical services in person, but instead seek online or telephone advice, may be disproportionately excluding the digitally-disconnected population and exacerbating health inequalities, argue @Azeem_Majeed  et al

"Over a third of US colleges and universities fully reopened in August. It was risky, with no coordinated vision for safely reopening universities. Today, the national reopening experiment already looks to have been a disaster" say @GYamey  @RWalensky 

EXCLUSIVE: The UK government has drawn up plans to carry out up to 10 million #COVID19  tests a day by early next year as part of a huge £100bn expansion of its national testing programme, documents seen by The BMJ show

"The Sunshine Act was an attempt to tackle many of the unseemly financial ties between physicians and industry that we kept uncovering" @thackerpd  describes how he helped pass the bill but says one small step for medicine is no giant leap for science

The financial, social, and health consequences of large numbers of people not returning to work could be devastating. The effects of widespread worklessness and long term unemployment could be worse for population health than #COVID19 

"My concern is that we are spending too much time wringing our hands about disclosing conflicts of interest instead of tackling the well documented problem of financial influence itself." @thackerpd  on sunshine laws and where we go next

People infected with both flu and SARS-CoV-2 are more than twice as likely to die as someone with the new coronavirus alone, emerging evidence analysed by @PHE_uk  has found. The data has been published as a preprint on medRxiv

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Once this is done, there must be complete transparency about how the NHS came to be left in this exposed position, how social care had been stripped away, and how those in power will be held accountable @lu_hiam  @dannydorling  @martinmckee 

More than 41 000 children and adults across Europe have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died, show figures from

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Fifty million face masks bought by the UK government as part of a £252m contract will not be used in the NHS because of safety concerns, the government has admitted. The FFP2 masks were supplied under a contract awarded without advertisement or tender

The health benefits of physical activity are proved and wide ranging, exceeding that of any drug. This #BMJEducation  article offers a practical guide to help clinicians discuss physical activity within a consultation #MedEd 

“The best thing you can do is speak up. Ask, ‘Are you ok?’ or ‘You don’t seem yourself. Do you want to talk?’ The smallest gesture can make the greatest difference. Let them know they’re not alone—we all have days when the world gets to us."

The health benefits of physical activity are proved and wide ranging, exceeding that of any drug. So what can physicians do to help patients become more active and help them overcome barriers to change?

Post-acute covid-19 seems to be a multisystem disease, sometimes occurring after a relatively mild acute illness. #BMJEducation  article provides guidance for GPs to help support patients with #LongCovid  in primary care @trishgreenhalgh 

Why Scotland’s slow and steady approach to covid-19 is working @devisridhar  @Adriel_KH_Chen 

Why has the government eroded England’s established system of local infectious disease control and created a parallel system which relies on private companies for testing and contact tracing? #BMJAnalysis  questions the current system @AllysonPollock 

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