Medical students in southeast Europe generally have poor knowledge of research methods, according to a study published in the BMJ. Researchers surveyed 4307 medical students from five southeastern European countries. Most had positive attitudes towards science despite poor knowledge of research techniques. Increasing emphasis on critical thinking and scientific methods may help, said the authors. Doing so will help students in adopting evidence based medicine techniques favoured by the European Union (BMJ 2005;331:195-6).
Immigrants living in the United States receive, on average, about half the healthcare services that their US born counterparts receive, regardless of age, legal status, or insurance coverage. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health (2005;95:1431-8), immigrants in the United States account for $39.5bn (£22bn; a32bn) in healthcare expenditures. They receive an average of $1139 in health care per capita. Their US counterparts get $2564 per capita. The difference was more noticeable