Adherence to treatment or placebo is linked to lower mortality
Patients’ views are not enough to judge quality of care
Low cholesterol may not increase risk of stroke
Nine million US citizens are both obese and smokers
How to manage hip fractures
Salt enriched with potassium reduces cardiovascular mortality in older men
Say no to the market
Can patients assess the quality of health care?
Soft paternalism and the ethics of shared electronic patient records
The NHS programme for information technology
Antipyretic drugs for children
Psychological interventions for treatment of adult sex offenders
Chinese man died three years ago of avian flu, not SARS
Doctors explain why they resigned from the NHS’s IT programme
In brief
NICE removes β blockers as first line treatment for hypertension
Publicity will highlight problem of obstetric fistula
Doctors blame untested policies for financial crisis in the NHS
Conference attacks referral centres
BMA leaders accused of weak opposition to the government
“Social marketing” would boost effectiveness of health campaigns, says report
UN report calls for governments to intensify fight against drug misuse
Condom from Cromwell’s time goes on display
European health survey ranks UK performance as “mediocre”
US doctors lobby for end to torture of terrorism suspects
Incomes of US doctors are falling, survey finds
Drug company chief urges faster introduction of new vaccines in poor nations
Faster delivery of drugs to heart attack patients cuts mortality
Obesity is less common in richer countries
Direct to consumer medical tests are offered in United States
NEJM corrects its study on rofecoxib
Too close for comfort?
Escalating costs and falling receipts spell trouble
A meta-analysis of the association between adherence to drug therapy and mortality
The healthy adherer and the placebo effect
Patients’ own assessments of quality of primary care compared with objective records based measures of technical quality of care: cross sectional study
Serum cholesterol, haemorrhagic stroke, ischaemic stroke, and myocardial infarction: Korean national health system prospective cohort study
Smoking, obesity, and their co-occurrence in the United States: cross sectional analysis
Hip fracture
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and suicide in adults: meta-analysis of drug company data from placebo controlled, randomised controlled trials submitted to the MHRA’s safety review
Randomised, controlled trial of alternating pressure mattresses compared with alternating pressure overlays for the prevention of pressure ulcers: PRESSURE (pressure relieving support surfaces) trial
A patient’s journey: living with breast cancer
A 22 year old man with persistent regurgitation and vomiting
The penicillin teapot
Oxygen and inhalers
What’s new in the other general journals
Patients should have to opt out of national electronic care records
What’s all the fuss about?
Scientific art for beginners
Obesity association clarifies definitions of obesity and links with drug firms
The great medicines scandal : Access is not just about cost
The great medicines scandal : Next steps?
We still need artesunate monotherapy
Censorship of medical journals
Care is needed before single test results are combined
Statin guidelines should give best statin
Gloomy prognoses : Represent honesty, not fear of litigation
Gloomy prognoses : Be neither optimistic nor pessimistic, but realistic
Fritz Klein
Bridget (“Biddy”) Kathleen Attlee
Derek Harvey
John Peter Malone
Robert (“Bob”) Tennant
John Luscombe Tester
Frederick (“Fred”) James Watson
Henry Thomas (“Tom”) Gee Williams
Measuring Medical Professionalism
Understanding Doctors’ Performance
Is Gordon Ramsay good for our health?
Thinking the unthinkable: selling kidneys
Giving up on getting better