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Breast cancer screening programme detects more early cases: The NHS Breast Screening Programme for England detected more cases of breast cancer in 2005-6 than in any previous year. More than 13500 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in women aged 50 and over—8.3 per 1000 women screened—an increase of 13% from the previous year. More than 1.6 million women were screened under the programme in 2005-6, a 10% increase from 2004-5. See www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/bsp0506.
Canada funds human papillomavirus vaccinations: The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada has applauded Canada's federal government for allocating $C300m (£131m; €194m; $258m) in 2007-8 to help launch a national programme for human papillomavirus vaccinations for women and girls. Human papillomavirus is the second leading cause of death from cancer among Canadian women.
Danish smoking ban starts in August: Denmark is to ban smoking in public areas, including restaurants and most bars, from August. The Danish model, which includes taxis, trains, buses, and schools, emphasises the dangers of passive smoking. Bars smaller than 40 square metres, however, are exempt from the agreement, which, after two years of debate, gained support from 95% of MPs.
NIH director calls for mandatory open access to research: Elias Zerhouni has told a US Senate committee that the National Institutes of Health, which he directs, should make it mandatory for its research to be published on a publicly accessible website. He said the current voluntary policy, introduced in May 2005, was not working.
Apology: In August 2006 Matthias Rath issued a libel claim over a news item published in the BMJ. The news item was erroneous; Dr Rath's complaint was justified. The BMJ withdrew the item and apologised to Dr Rath (2006;333:621, doi: 10.1136/bmj.333.7569.621-b). Dr Rath indicated that he would be prepared to accept £100000 to settle his claim for damages. The BMJ agreed to accept this offer and was permitted by the court to do so.