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BMJ gets in the holiday spirit: check out research on chocolate survival time, James Bond’s potential alcoholism, and more!

Every year around the holidays, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) publishes a series of fun research articles. The topics are light-hearted, but well-researched. This year’s topics include (open access, free articles):

  • The Survival Time of Chocolates on Hospital Wards: Covert Observational Study: This important, ground-breaking study examined how long it takes for a piece of chocolate to be consumed by staff on a hospital ward.  Most readers will probably agree with the author’s opinion that “the frequency of chocolates delivered to wards needs to be increased and a concerted lobbying response instigated against recent manufacturers’ trends in shrinking the size of chocolate boxes.”
  • Were James Bond’s drinks shaken because of alcohol induced tremor?:  The authors of this article performed a literature review of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels to ascertain the frequency and amount of alcohol Bond consumed. The authors conclude that “We advise an immediate referral for further assessment and treatment, a reduction in alcohol consumption to safe levels, and suspect that the famous catchphrase ‘shaken, not stirred’ could be because of alcohol induced tremor affecting his hands.”
  • Following celebrities’ medical advice: meta-narrative analysis. In this article the authors explore reasons why consumers accept medical advice from celebrities. They analyze economic, marketing, psychological, and sociological reasons why consumers might be willing to listen to someone like Suzanne Somers instead of a physician. Also includes a video summary of the article.
  • Like a virgin (mother): analysis of data from a longitudinal, US population representative sample survey:  This article investigated the number of women who self-reported having a virgin pregnancy, using data collected in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The investigators found that 45 out of 7870 (.5%) respondents reported a virgin pregnancy.

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