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BMJ. 2007 June 9; 334(7605): 1186.
PMCID: PMC1889943
In Brief


Commission to visit trusts unannounced: The Healthcare Commission will be carrying out unannounced inspections at 120 NHS trusts over the coming year to check compliance with the government's hygiene code. The code was introduced to tackle healthcare associated infections, such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile.

Bush backs extra spending on AIDS: The US president, George Bush, asked Congress to double the initial $15bn (£7.5bn; €11bn) to fight HIV/AIDS to $30bn for another five years. The president's emergency plan for AIDS relief, which expires in September 2008, has supported treatment for 1.1 million people in 15 targeted countries, including one million people in Africa.

Health care for people with learning difficulties under investigation: The UK Department of Health has set up an inquiry into access to healthcare for people with learning disabilities. It follows the publication of a report by Mencap, Death by Indifference, in March showing that six people with learning disabilities had died in the NHS through apparent neglect. See

Scottish elders take part in mental test: A mental ability test carried out in Scottish schools 60 years ago may help explain the secrets of healthy ageing. A thousand volunteers, now in their 70s, will take the test devised by the University of Edinburgh and funded by the charity Help the Aged to determine the life events and background factors that help or harm mental health.

Study on whooping cough wins award: A study published in the BMJ, alerting doctors to the signs of whooping cough in school age children, has beaten 30 other academic papers to win the 2006 Royal College of General Practitioners and Merck, Sharp, and Dohme research paper of the year award (BMJ 2006;333:174-7 doi: 10.1136/bmj.38870.655405.AE).

Flaming cocktails should be banned: Burns specialists have urged an end to the practice in many UK bars of serving flaming spirits. They report four cases, including that of a 17 year old woman who sustained 25% burns to her left arm, leg, chest and abdomen, and warn that 24 hour drinking may increase prevalence (Burns 2007 May 24 doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2006.11.008).

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