The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has been in existence since 1840. In 2008, BMJ became a fully on-line journal. Its mission is to lead the debate on health and to engage, inform and stimulate doctors, researchers and other health professionals in ways that will improve patient health. Since 1840 has published first rate research abstracts and full editions and distributed them throughout the U.K., and internationally. The Medical Journalists Award was given to BMJ for Medical Publication of the Year 2008.
New eating device retrains dietary habits and helps children lose weight
A new computerised device that tracks portion size and how fast people eat is more successful in helping obese children and adolescents lose weight than standard treatments, according to research published on bmj.com today.
Pregnant women who smoke, urged to give up before 15-week 'deadline'
Women who stop smoking before week 15 of pregnancy cut their risk of spontaneous premature birth and having small babies to the same as non-smokers, according to research published on bmj.com today.
Migraines increase stroke risk during pregnancy
Women who suffer migraines are at an increased risk of stroke during pregnancy as well as other vascular conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and blood clots, concludes a study published on bmj.com today.
Study adds weight to link between calcium supplements and heart problems
New research published in the British Medical Journal today adds to mounting evidence that calcium supplements increase the risk of cardiovascular events, particularly heart attacks, in older women.
Portable pedal machines may help counter harmful effects of sedentary jobs
Portable pedal machines could help counter the harmful effects of prolonged periods spent at a desk or workstation among an increasingly sedentary workforce, suggests a small study published online in the British Journal ...
Marriage is good for physical and mental health
The 'smug marrieds' may have good reason to feel pleased with themselves as experts today confirm that long-term committed relationships are good for mental and physical health and this benefit increases over time.
Fertility drugs do not increase risk of ovarian cancer
The use of fertility drugs does not increase a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer, finds a large study from Danish researchers published on bmj.com today.
Even mild stress is linked to long-term disability
Even relatively mild stress can lead to long term disability and an inability to work, reveals a large population based study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Epileptic seizures linked to significant risk of subsequent brain tumor
Epileptic seizures can precede the development of a subsequent brain tumour by many years, suggests research published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
Evidence for protective effect of fish oil not conclusive
Fish oil protects against deaths from heart problems, but doesn't provide a clear benefit in heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias), according a study published on bmj.com today.