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1.  The fallacy of “light” cigarettes 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;328(7440):E278-E279.
doi:10.1136/bmj.328.7440.E278
PMCID: PMC2901853  PMID: 15016715
2.  The relentless therapeutic imperative 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1457-1459.
Decisions about care near the end of life are always difficult, even more so when a relative has a progressive neurological illness
PMCID: PMC535978  PMID: 15604183
3.  Cadavers as teachers: the dissecting room experience in Thailand 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1455-1457.
Thailand's approach to body donors offers a good model for resolving the ethical difficulties associated with student dissection
PMCID: PMC535977  PMID: 15604182
5.  Randomised controlled trial of magnetic bracelets for relieving pain in osteoarthritis of the hip and knee 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1450-1454.
Objective To determine the effectiveness of commercially available magnetic bracelets for pain control in osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.
Design Randomised, placebo controlled trial with three parallel groups.
Setting Five rural general practices.
Participants 194 men and women aged 45-80 years with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee.
Intervention Wearing a standard strength static bipolar magnetic bracelet, a weak magnetic bracelet, or a non-magnetic (dummy) bracelet for 12 weeks.
Main outcome measures Change in the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis lower limb pain scale (WOMAC A) after 12 weeks, with the primary comparison between the standard and dummy groups. Secondary outcomes included changes in WOMAC B and C scales and a visual analogue scale for pain.
Results Mean pain scores were reduced more in the standard magnet group than in the dummy group (mean difference 1.3 points, 95% confidence interval 0.05 to 2.55). Self reported blinding status did not affect the results. The scores for secondary outcome measures were consistent with the WOMAC A scores.
Conclusion Pain from osteoarthritis of the hip and knee decreases when wearing magnetic bracelets. It is uncertain whether this response is due to specific or non-specific (placebo) effects.
PMCID: PMC535975  PMID: 15604181
6.  The next small step 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1441-1444.
The microgravity experienced in space missions has serious effects on human physiology. How to get a crew to Mars in an optimal state for landing and exploration remains a matter of some debate
PMCID: PMC535972  PMID: 15604178
8.  Design a Polymeal 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):0.
PMCID: PMC535948
10.  The Decameron of poor research 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1436-1440.
Most gracious readers, two boring researchers present a series of pitiful tales—covert and overt fraud, petty misdeeds, and misconceptions by honest and not so honest researchers, professors, industry sponsors, bureaucrats, and other legendary adventurers of modern science
PMCID: PMC535970  PMID: 15604177
11.  A precious case from Middle Earth 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1435-1436.
Tolkien's character Gollum is certainly disturbed, but is he physically or mentally ill? Gandalf the Wizard provides the history
PMCID: PMC535969  PMID: 15604176
12.  A Fee-Nom-in-Hum and an Expotition 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1434.
PMCID: PMC535968  PMID: 15604175
13.  Modelling emboli with floating fir cones 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1433-1434.
PMCID: PMC535967  PMID: 15604174
14.  The Poohsticks phenomenon 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1432-1433.
PMCID: PMC535966  PMID: 15604173
16.  Getting to Mars is no picnic 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):0.
PMCID: PMC535945
21.  Retroactive prayer: lots of history, not much mystery, and no science 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1444-1446.
Many claims are made for the power of prayer, but the idea that it could work retrospectively has caused considerable controversy. It is also beyond current scientific knowledge
PMCID: PMC535973  PMID: 15604179
24.  Lessons from health during the transition from communism 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1428-1429.
Countries that are in transition from communism provide the opportunity for comparing the effects on health of communist and democratic political systems
PMCID: PMC535963  PMID: 15604170
25.  Effect of restricted freedom on health in China 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2004;329(7480):1427.
China has shown how a non-democratic system can benefit the health of the population, but can health gains be sustained as the country becomes freer?
PMCID: PMC535962  PMID: 15604169

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