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Drowning risk in epilepsy

Patients with epilepsy have an 18-fold increased risk of drowning over the general population, an analysis of international data has shown. Researchers compared 51 cohorts of patients with epilepsy worldwide with data from national registries. They found that 88 patients with epilepsy drowned where fewer than five deaths would have been expected (Neurology 2008; 71: 578-82).

Pre-eclampsia link to renal disease
Pre-eclampsia is associated with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a Norwegian study has found. Registry data for 570,433 women showed that pre-eclampsia in a first pregnancy was associated with a 4.7-fold increased risk of ESRD, and, in women with multiple pregnancies, more than one episode of pre-eclampsia posed a greater than 15-fold risk (N Engl J Med 2008; 359: 800-9).

GP wins healthy living bid
Southend GP Dr Haroon Siddique, a GP in Southend, Essex, has been shortlisted to put in a tender to run a healthy living centre with attached GP-led service and pharmacy. Dr Siddique wrote about his experience of the bid process in the last issue of GP (GP, 8 August).

Lifesaver has car stolen
A trainee GP's car was stolen as she saved the life of a pensioner in Weaste, Salford. The 25-year-old, who asked not to be named, left her car to assist a 74-year-old man who had been hit by a bus on 14 August. She kept the man breathing until an ambulance arrived, while the thief reportedly drove off.

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