320 e-Letters

published between 2011 and 2014

  • Almond as a potential nutritional supplement in patients with multiple sclerosis-associated fatigue
    Mehdi Sardari

    The result of the study presented by Dr. MC Pantzaris and colleagues showed the efficacy of a formulations containing omga-3, omega-6 and vitamin A and -E in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RR-MS). We want to discuss here on potential benefits of almond as a natural source of these nutritional elements, and other previously shown beneficial nutritional elements in patients with MS and fatigue. Multiple Sclerosis...

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  • Is self-identification as 'obese' really a public health solution?
    Ian Brown

    Johnson et al. [1] provide a benchmark figure for the low (and lowering) levels of identification with the term 'obese' in Great Britain. The stance of the article, not unreasonably, is that low self- identification is a problem for public health. An alternative conclusion might be that respondents have increasingly sophisticated appreciation of social desirability and demonstrate a valuable resistance to the negative st...

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  • Re:"Stroke incidence and association with risk factors in women: a 32-year follow- up of The Prospective Population Study on Women in Gothenburg.
    Cecilia Bjorkelund

    Answer to Comment by prof Alain Braillon

    Thank you for commenting on our paper "Stroke incidence and association with risk factors in women: a 32-year follow- up of the Prospective Population Study of Women in Gothenburg". We appreciate your proposals for extension of the paper, and in this reply, we have clarified the study design and added the inquired information.

    1. We used continuous variables i...

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  • Low-fats and not low-carbs for better diabetes control in Indians
    Vishnupriya R Paturi

    This large study has clearly shown that Indians continue to consume more carbohydrates, but there was no association between this major source of calories and glucose levels in diabetics or non-diabetics. Since 1972, all national surveys in India have reported that there were no significant differences in dietary calories or carbohydrates, between normal populations and people with diabetes (newly ascertained or known)....

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  • Request for correction to authors' affiliations
    Claire C Johnson

    Dear BMJ Open,

    We kindly request that the following amendments be made to the authors' affiliations in the Protocol:


    Claire Johnson 1,2 Sailesh Mohan 3, Devarsetty Praveen 2,4, Mark Woodward 1,2, Pallab K Maulik 2,4, Roopa Shivashankar 3,6 , Ritvik Amarchand 7,Jacqui Webster 1, Elizabeth Dunford 1, Thout...

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  • Primal Lakeshore Diet
    Celia M. Ross

    Mosconi et al's (2014) fascinating study found a diet that is rich in produce and fish appears to be neuroprotective (1). This brought to mind some other literature.

    It has been asserted that our brains were shaped for a tropical lakeshore lifestyle (2, 3). The land/water interface would have provided docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is needed for brain development. Early man is believed to have had a DHA-rich...

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  • Response to 'Supervised Learning Events: is rebranding enough?'
    Charlotte E. Rees

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest Mr Ali's response (Supervised Learning Events: is rebranding enough?) to our article (1) and we agree with the sentiments expressed in his letter.

    In terms of the issue of training raised by Mr Ali, although we did have a question on our discussion guide that asked trainees and trainers about their 'needs for SLE development in order to improve educational practice',...

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  • Risk factors for stroke
    Alain Braillon

    Blomstrand et al's study on stroke incidence among women and associations with risk factors deserves comments.

    First, using arbitrary cut-points for risk factors is not appropriate when there is a continuous distribution of the values with no obvious modal values. Moreover, they risk factors were based on a single assessment at baseline and there are multiple dimensions including amount and duration as well as...

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  • Fundamental concepts for male circumcision
    C C B Hendrix

    Surgery should not be performed unless a medical condition has developed. This is a fundamental concept in surgery [1, 2]. Unless a disease or medical condition is present the risk of surgery cannot be balanced against a risk of disease. If no disease is present no risk can be accepted [1]. This would make male circumcision in infants unacceptable, especially given the risk of death due to blood loss [3,4].


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  • Erratum
    Ingeborg Lund

    Figure 3 reports yearly lung cancer incidence per 100 000 inhabitants and not percentage as stated in the main text (page 5, end of results).

    Conflict of Interest:

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