eLetters

320 e-Letters

published between 2011 and 2014

  • Comparing the incomparable may be erroneous .
    Neelesh Gupta

    Dear Editor: We peruse with interest the interesting study by Meng Lee et al (1). We would like to share the followings:

    1.One of the strengths of any retrospective data analysis is the acceptance/compliance with therapy in the real-life situation ( whatever the compliance rate may be).The exclusion of 1632 patients ( 42% of the total) because of medication possession ratio <80% has limited the external vali...

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  • RE: Low-fats and not low-carbs for better diabetes control in Indians
    Shashank R Joshi

    Dear Editor

    I wish to address the eLetter responding to our recently published article in BMJ Open (Joshi SR, et al. Results from a dietary survey in an Indian T2DM population: a STARCH study. BMJ Open. 2014 Oct 31;4(10):e005138.) Firstly, thank you to Prof.Vishnupriya R Paturi for taking the time to read our article and providing feedback. We believe that the impact and relative importance that the type or sou...

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  • NCCAM
    Guy A Chapman

    CAM includes both complementary and alternative practices. Alternative practices, by definition, either have not been proven to work, or have been proven not to work. Complementary practices have always been mainstream and many are evidence-based. There is no sound scientific or medical justification for analysing the two together. Alternative practitioners may prefer them to be considered together, as this may provide...

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  • Prevention of Risk Factors: Eat and Have Physical Activity What Our Grandparents Used to Have.
    Rajeev Gupta

    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates

    We read with interest the study by T.Sekhri,R.S.Kanwar et al(1).The authors needs to be congratulated for such a meticulous and unique study involving subjects from all over India.The study is first of its kind in India and an eye-opener. However,the following issues we shall like to share:

    1.As it was a non-interventional and free-of-cos...

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  • Cause of the nodding syndrome
    Robert Colebunders

    Landis et al. describe a temporal association between wartime conflict, internal displacement, and Nodding syndrome (NS)(1). They raise infectious, nutritional and neuropsychiatric elements as possible causal factors. The authors, however, do not mention a key factor that may have played a major role during the NS epidemic in northern Uganda: a lack of ivermectin treatment in onchocerciasis endemic areas.

    Mas...

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  • Reply to Ole Olsen (2)
    Ojvind Lidegaard

    Thanks to statistician Ole Olsen who again expresses his concern about the validity of the data in the National Birth Registry, and the inconsistent reporting of these data on the official on-line sites. This time Ole Olsen, however, goes one step further. Now he demands the editors of BMJ open to ensure "documentation of the validity of all variables for all years in the study period".

    To validate all recorded...

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  • Re:Response to the A population-based observational study of diabetes during pregnancy in Victoria, Australia article
    Vincent L Versace

    Dear Editor

    I wish to address the eLetter responding to our recently published article in BMJ Open (Abouzeid M, Versace VL, Janus ED, et al. A population -based observational study of diabetes during pregnancy in Victoria, Australia, 1999-2008). Firstly, thank you to Wigdan Farah for taking the time to read our article and providing positive feedback. Specifically they suggest that we add the variable 'socio-eco...

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  • Re:Is self-identification as 'obese' really a public health solution?
    Fiona Johnson

    Dr Ian Brown rightly highlights the potential dangers of an atmosphere of stigma around weight, and suggests that rejection of the term 'obese' may be protective of body self-esteem (1). This is an important point, as the term 'obese' is clearly perceived as stigmatising by many, and perceived stigma has been associated with poorer weight outcomes as well as psychological distress (2). However, our perspective is that...

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  • Still need for validation of the data
    Ole Olsen

    I am still concerned about the validity of the data used in the paper "Reduction in stillbirths at term after new birth induction paradigm: results of a national intervention" (1). The paper covers the time period 2000-2012. Lack of validity of the used registry data was documented in 2003 (2) and serious concern about the validity of the data in the registries still exist.

    For the year 2001 the validity of the...

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  • Responce to the A population-based observational study of diabetes during pregnancy in Victoria, Australia article
    Wigdan H Farah

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing to support the author in their outcomes and to add one point to their article "A population-based observational study of diabetes during pregnancy in Victoria, Australia 'from the British Medical Journal on November 14th, 2014 1

    It is an interesting article specially with the significant side effect of diabetes during pregnancy and I suggest the author to add the socioeconomic...

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