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  • More information on breast screening

    Breast screening: truths, harms and costs

    There was some choice reading in the bmj recently: ‘Editor’s Choice – Breast screening controversy continues’ Fiona Godlee, editor, (BMJ 2013;346:f477) in which she flags up calls for more honest information on the harms of screening (BMJ 2010;340:c3106, BMJ 2011;343:d6894); the Marmot committee report summarised by Nigel Hawkes at the time (BMJ 2012;345…

    • 3 Feb 2013
  • Breast screening - wishful thinking, and who benefits?

    Two of the responses to an editorial by Julietta Patnick, Director NHS Cancer Screening Programmes,  are especially noteworthy (Benefits of screening take years to appreciate - bmj 16 January 2013 - BMJ 2013;346:f299) are especially noteworthy. One, from Hazel Thornton, explains the difference between risks and harms, and points out that ‘harms’ are not mentioned in this article, even though breast screening has been…

    • 21 Jan 2013
  • Eye-opening article explains mammography debacle

     Blogged here with full permission of the author, Cornelia J. Baines MD, MSc, FACE

    Professor Emerita, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Ontario, Canada.

    Published on Canadian Women's Health Network (

    Unpacking the great mammography debate

    December 18, 2012.

    Unpacking the great mammography debate

    By Cornelia J. Baines


    • 11 Jan 2013
  • Campaign for the publication of all clinical trials

    From this week’s bmj:

    'Campaigners for the publication of the results of all clinical trials have launched a public petition to increase pressure on researchers, funding bodies, and institutions to take action.

    They are also urging people who are thinking of taking part in a clinical trial to agree to participate only in those trials that have been registered and that promise to publish the results in…

    • 11 Jan 2013