eResource focus: metaRegister of Controlled Trials

This international database contains ongoing and some completed controlled trials in all aspects of health care.  It is free and enables users to search, register and share information about randomised control trials, as well as a separate one for mental health. Publication services are also available via the range of open access peer-reviewed journals published by our sister company, BioMed Central.

Established in 1998 – see


Vinnie Jones stars in CPR AD campaign with new advice

Extract courtesy of the BBC  4 January 2012

The British Heart Foundation is urging people not trained to perform CPR to forget “mouth-to-mouth” and to concentrate on chest compressions when faced with an emergency situation.  The new advice is being communicated in an advertising campaign featuring footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones.    See the video at:

What do you think about this article – do you agree with the advice given?


NHS whistleblowers helpline launched

Extract from the BBC website

A free helpline for whistleblowers in the NHS and social services is to be launched on Sunday 1 January 2012.  The move is part of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s drive to ensure staff can raise “genuine concerns” about standards “without fear of reprisal”. But a whistleblowers’ group said the announcement was an “admission of failure” that existing internal processes were not working. The helpline – 08000 724 725 – will be provided by the Royal Mencap Society.

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