January 30, 2009 |
Thirty-four years after the fact, a British physician who is now a member of the House of Lords has confessed to fabricating a disease called "cello scrotum" and getting its details published in the prestigious British Medical Journal. The "disease" was ostensibly characterized by chafing of the scrotum when the instrument was placed between a cellist's legs.
January 28, 2005
The British Medical Journal has retracted a report that said Eli Lilly & Co. documents suggesting a link between Prozac and a heightened risk of suicide attempts and violence had gone missing for years.
January 20, 2007 |
Sanitation was voted the most important medical milestone in the last 150 years on Thursday in a poll conducted by the British Medical Journal. Improved sewage disposal and clean water supply systems, which have reduced diseases such as cholera, was the favorite of 11,341 people worldwide who voted in the survey.
October 10, 1988 |
A British medical journal is now speculating that 19th-Century violinist Nicolo Paganini, considered the world's first virtuoso instrumentalist, probably died from mercury poisoning after his doctors prescribed the substance as a cure for syphilis. The master's cause of death was given in 1840 as tuberculosis, but Paganini probably died because doctors gave him mercury, then the standard cure for syphilis, according to Dr. J. G.
November 5, 2004
* Drug giant Merck & Co should have pulled its Vioxx painkiller from the market four years ago because data showing that it raised the risk of heart attacks has existed since 2000, Swiss scientists said. In a report for British medical journal the Lancet, researchers at the University of Bern said there was substantial evidence of the dangerous side effects of the drug by the end of 2000, but the data were not analyzed properly. * * Chiron Corp.
November 26, 2013 |
Apparently, not all pills got the memo about, first, doing no harm. Many formulations of common medications contain high levels of sodium, and a new study finds that people who take those medications are 22% more likely to suffer a non-fatal stroke and 28% more likely to die of any cause than people who take the same medications in formulations that do not contain sodium. Among the patients in the study who took medications containing sodium, the median daily sodium dose from those medicines alone was 106.8 millimoles a day -- higher than recommended daily maximum dietary intake of 104 millimoles a day. The newest study on sodium in medicines was published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)