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# British Medical Journal

This year
# Foreign Accent Syndrome
US cancer patient developed 'uncontrollable' Irish accent despite having never visited Ireland
The researchers said his symptoms were consistent with foreign accent syndrome (FAS).
Last year
# British Medical Journal
World Health Organization advises against use of two drugs for non-severe Covid-19
Fluvoxamine and colchicine received considerable interest during the pandemic.
All time
# the tiers
UK medical journals tell British government relaxing restrictions for Christmas could 'cost many lives'
London mayor Sadiq Khan has also expressed concerns over the five-day “Christmas window”.
# Study
Women who are pregnant or trying for a baby should avoid caffeine altogether, research suggests
The current guidelines from the HSE suggest that pregnant women drink no more than 200mg of caffeine per day.
# British Medical Journal
There's a higher risk of having a heart attack on Christmas Eve - study
The risk is also higher during New Years’ Day and Midsummer holidays, and on Monday mornings.
# warning
Holding your nose and closing your mouth while you sneeze is a very bad idea
It caused one man to rupture the back of his throat, leaving him barely able to speak or swallow.
# animal testing
Effect of new medicine in animal studies was "misrepresented" to get funding for human trials
A new report in the British Medical Journal has pointed to a “systemic failure” in the use of animal studies.
# British Medical Journal
Man developed chronic hepatitis after drinking 4-5 energy drinks a day for 3 weeks
The 50-year-old said he had begun to use energy drinks due to his “labour-intensive workday”.
# spinal injuries
Pressure mounts on rugby chiefs as academics call for school scrums to be banned
A leading expert says young people are at greater risk of concussion and brain injury.
# Debate
World Rugby slams calls for tackling ban in schools
Allyson Pollock and Graham Kirkwood from the Institute of Health at Newcastle University have published research on the issue.
# new research
Patients should be advised 'to stop treatment when they feel better' instead of full antibiotics course
Taking the full course doesn’t combat antibiotic resistance, according to a paper in the BMJ.
# Abortion Pills
Abortion: 95% of Irish women who used pills to end pregnancy 'didn't need surgical intervention'
Study from the British Medical Journal say the pills offer ‘an alternative to unsafe methods’
# landmark review
Belief that saturated fat clogs arteries is 'just plain wrong'
An editorial in the British Medical Journal finds no link between saturated fat and issues like coronary heart disease.
# warning
Woman in UK hospitalised after taking herbal remedies for New Year detox
The woman collapsed and suffered a seizure after consuming a number of herbal medicines, including valerian root.
# dodgy research
Medical journal retracts major study into benefits of baby formula
The 1989 paper had been at the centre of a high-profile libel case earlier this year.
# Graphic
Cocaine cut with cattle de-wormer made this woman's skin rot
Levamisole is regularly used as an adulterant in cocaine.
# matters of the heart
Heart attacks are hard to diagnose in women, but this test could change that
It has proved to be twice as effective when compared with previous methods.
# saying goodbye
Doctor criticised after saying cancer is 'the best way to die'
Robert Smith recognised his comments represented “a romantic view of dying”.
# Bottoms Up
A glass or two of alcohol a day is good for you? Think again, say scientists
Researchers say the long-held belief in the health benefits of light drinking may have been flawed.
# stop smoking
Think e-cigarettes are harmful? 37% of Irish people believe they are
About 29.3 million adults across the 27 countries have tried e-cigarettes.
# Diet
Eating too much red meat could increase your risk of breast cancer
A new study looks at diet in early adulthood, while previous research had focused on diet later in life.
# Correlation
Barca success caused a baby boom: study
Some media have said the birth rate in Catalonia rose by an astonishing 45 percent nine months after a dramatic semi-final.
# Suicide
Research links 5,000 additional suicides in 2009 to global economic crisis
There were 97 additional suicides in Ireland in 2009 with the research pointing out that rates are higher in countries with higher job losses.
# Suicide
One teen under age of 17 dies by suicide each month
New Irish study raises concern over 15- to 17-year-old age group while British study links recession and unemployment to rise in overall suicide rate.
# Sunbeds
794 people die each year in Europe from sunbed-induced skin cancer - research
Women account for most of the melanoma cases related to sunbeds, according to the British Medical Journal.
# Health
Sleeping tablets 'increase risk of cancer and death'
A new study in the British Medical Journal found that the tablets could have caused more than 300,000 deaths in the United States alone.
# Health
Elderly patients forced to ‘wait on floor’ at Galway hospital
Labour TD to meet University Hospital Galway chief today to discuss overcrowding complaints at emergency department.
# booze
Alcohol linked to cancer, new study shows
Study shows that 10 per cent of cancers in men and 3 per cent of cancers in women are caused by drinking alcohol, particularly when people drink above the current recommended limits.