Smart Phone Apps for Asthma: Any Quality Assurance Issues?

Research Paper Title The Evolution of Mobile Apps for Asthma: An Updated Systematic Assessment of Content and Tools. Background Interest in mobile apps that support long-term conditions such as asthma is matched by recognition of the importance of the quality and safety of apps intended for patient use. We assessed how changes over a 2-year… Read More

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What’s it like Working as a Doctor in the British Army?

Nicola MacLeod, writing in the British Medical Journal, answers questions about working as a doctor in the British Army: How difficult is it to get into the army medical services? There are plenty of opportunities to join as a doctor. I joined at university and enjoyed financial support through my last three years of study on… Read More

Sugary Drinks in Schools increase the Risk of Obesity in Adolescents, Study Finds

An article by Zosia Kmietowicz of the BMJ (British Medical Journal): More evidence that the school environment influences children’s eating behaviour and weight has come from a Canadian study that found that the availability and consumption of sugar sweetened drinks in secondary schools is associated with higher rates of obesity in adolescents. The study adds… Read More

Evidence Does Not Support Guidelines on Saturated Fat, Researchers Say

An article by Jacqui Wise of the BMJ (British Medical Journal): Current guidelines that promote high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease are based on inadequate evidence, a new analysis concludes (Chowdhury et al., 2014). Nutritional guidelines generally encourage eating a relatively… Read More

What’s the Link? Children, Fast Food Outlets & Obesity

An article by Susan Mayor of the British Medical Journal: Children living in areas surrounded by fast food outlets are more likely to be overweight or obese, an England-wide study has shown. Researchers analysed data from the National Child Measurement Programme, which records the height and weight of one million children at most English state… Read More