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BMJ. 2007 October 13; 335(7623): 742.
PMCID: PMC2018776
In Brief


Bush vetoes children's health bill: George Bush has vetoed a bill that would have expanded US health insurance coverage to four million uninsured children for five years, at a cost of $35bn (£17bn; €25bn). Democrats and some Republicans in Congress hope to over-ride the veto on 18 October.

Chinese doctors agree not to use prisoners' organs: The Chinese Medical Association has issued a statement agreeing that the use of organs of executed prisoners for transplantation, except for members of their immediate family, should be forbidden. The promise to change current practice comes after years of international condemnation.

Older Dutch people seek help for alcohol problems: Demand for alcohol related outpatient care among Dutch people aged 55 or over has risen by 80% since 1996. In younger groups the rise is 35%. People aged over 55 now account for one in five patients seeking such treatment, data from the National Alcohol and Drugs Information System show. See

Polish doctors strike over low pay: The crisis in Poland's health system escalated after 2000 doctors resigned this week in protest against low pay and poor working conditions, and a further 1000 doctors staged strikes, ahead of parliamentary elections in three weeks' time.

Ombudsman upholds complaint by woman who was denied a scan: A woman who was refused funding to undergo a scan of her lungs has had her complaint against Health Commission Wales upheld by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales. The woman needed positron emission tomography or a thoracotomy to determine whether a mass near her lungs was malignant. The ombudsman said the decision was “perverse and absurd.” See

More US pregnant women are using antidepressants: The proportion of pregnant women in the United States who use antidepressants is now nearly 8%. The percentage grew from 2% in 1996 to 7.6% in 2004 and 2005. A study of 118 935 deliveries between 2001 and 2005 shows that 6.6% of women were prescribed an antidepressant during pregnancy (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2007.07.036).

Couples seek to reverse baby mix-up: Two Czech couples who discovered that their daughters had been swapped in a maternity ward 10 months ago said they will swap their babies back. The couples plan to sue Trebic Hospital for 10 million koruna (£0.3m; €0.4m; $0.5m). Nikola Brozova and Veronika Cermakova were born within 18 minutes of each other last December.

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