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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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"Patients’ families are far more likely to be distressed by clinical teams not explaining how sick their loved ones are, and not saying that they’re dying, than by doctors openly discussing the issue and involving them in decisions." @mancunianmedic 

Announcing a new data visualisation competition in healthcare: A collaboration between The BMJ, @NuffieldTrust , and @NHSDigital  wants entries that harness the creativity of data visualisation to help understand health inequalities @will_s_t  @jappleby123 

"I fear that we are operating in a healthcare system that primes us to see people as patients, when what we need is one that reminds us that patients are in fact people." Latest #BMJOpinion  by @AbraarKaran 

Routine ultrasonography in the third trimester of pregnancy was not associated with a reduction in the incidence of severe adverse perinatal outcomes in low risk pregnancies compared with usual care, concludes new #BMJResearch  @MidwifeScience 

People might be drawn to over the counter genetic tests in the hope that it will provide clear cut information about their future health. But the authors of this education article warn that these tests might report false positive and false negative results

Gaining weight from your mid-20s into middle age is associated with an increased risk of premature death, finds a study of US adults

Maintaining a healthy weight across adulthood, especially preventing weight gain in early adulthood, is important for preventing premature deaths in later life, finds new study. Read the author's perspective

Transferring extremely premature babies from a lower level neonatal care unit to a higher level unit in the first 48 hours after birth is associated with an increased risk of severe brain injury, finds new research @DrCGale  @KjellHelenius 

"The fact that extremely preterm birth in a non-specialist centre is almost unprecedented in other high-income countries clearly shows that organisational solutions exist" @DrCGale  @KjellHelenius 

For low risk groups, statins may be an example of low value care, say @pbyrne82  @beta1hat  @susanmsmith . The benefits of statins for people without heart disease is small and uncertain and there are potential harms, they say

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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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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 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?

“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."

“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." #NPSADay  @Abi_Rimmer 

"One of the difficulties I face with doctors is trying to make them understand that knowing everything about a disease doesn’t mean they know what it is like to live with it" #BMJOpinion  #PatientsIncluded 

Doctors have warned that the current situation in Indian administered Kashmir, where the government has imposed a security lockdown and communications blackout, is preventing people from seeking medical help

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating nearly 100 cases of severe lung injury related to the use of electronic cigarettes, or “vaping.”

“We need less research, better research, and research done for the right reasons. Abandoning using the number of publications as a measure of ability would be a start.” Doug Altman, BMJ Editorial, The scandal of poor medical research, 1994:

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Doctors share the same basic physiology as pilots and bus drivers, so why doesn't healthcare place the same importance on the effects of fatigue? #BMJAnalysis 

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