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BMJ. 2002 July 13; 325(7355): 62.
PMCID: PMC1123627

In brief

Sexually transmitted infections rise again in the Netherlands: Public health bodies in the Netherlands are alarmed at the latest figures from the Royal Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). A 21% rise in sexually transmitted infections in 2001 follows a 16% rise in 2000. The highest rises are in women (gonorrhoea, 60% rise; chlamydia, 49%). Details are at ln.mvir@stropeR.MVIR

US plans to vaccinate 500000 health workers against smallpox: In a major policy change, the US federal government has decided to vaccinate about 500000 healthcare and emergency workers against smallpox, says an article in the New York Times (3 July, p A1). In June the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory committee on immunisation practices had recommended limited vaccination (to a few thousand health workers)(29 June, p 1540).

FDA rules that water containing nicotine is a drug: The US Food and Drug Administration has ruled that nicotine spiked water, which has been heavily advertised as a smoking cessation aide since its introduction in May 2002, is a drug and not a dietary supplement. The water contains 2-4 mg of nicotine per 16 ounce (454 g) bottle. The drinks must be removed from the market immediately.

Survey of NHS cancer patients published: The findings of the first national survey of NHS patients with cancer, which canvassed the views of 65000 patients, were published last week. It showed that substantial numbers of patients did not receive written information at the time of diagnosis. The report can be accessed at

European Union tackles work related stress: The European Union's Agency for Safety and Health at Work has launched a campaign to raise awareness among employers and staff of the dangers of work related stress. More details can be accessed at:

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