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 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.
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 1, 2005 |
The British Medical Journal said it has sent documents to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that it said appear to suggest a link between the antidepressant drug Prozac and suicidal behavior. The journal said an anonymous source had provided "missing documents" relating to clinical trials of the drug, made by Indianapolis-based drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. Lilly said it had always sought to publicly disclose data and was unaware of any allegations that documents were missing from its trials.
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.
December 24, 2001 |
Medical journals don't tend to be light reading fodder, filled as they are with turgid clinical trials, ads for heartburn drugs and graphically illustrated diseases-of-the-week. But come December, a few lighten up--even get a bit silly. Most notable is the British Medical Journal, which in less festive times tends to run articles with titles such as "Empirical Treatment of Uncomplicated Cystitis" and "The Impact of New Drugs on Management of Glaucoma in Scotland."