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    Depression and cardiovascular risk

    Peter de Jonge, Annelieke Roest

    Peter de Jonge and Annelieke Roest comment on research published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders showing a J-shaped relationship between cardiometabolic risk factors and depression, highlighting the need to consider non-linear associations in medicine

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    Attributing authorship in trials

    David Moher

    Transparent documentation of clinical trial authorship is important; David Moher comments on Marušić and colleagues’ five-step authorship framework, highlighting the responsibilities of authors and ways in which the framework could be implemented.

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    A framework for authorship

    Ana Marušić, Darko Hren, Bernadette Mansi, Neil Lineberry, Ananya Bhattacharya, Maureen Garrity, Juli Clark, Thomas Gesell, Susan Glasser, John Gonzalez, Carolyn Hustad, Mary-Margaret Lannon, LaVerne Mooney, Teresa Peña

    Ana Marušić and colleagues present a five-step framework to establish authorship of industry-sponsored clinical trial publications early in the manuscript development process, with the aim of standardizing decisions and facilitating transparency.

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    Remembering the forgotten NCDs

    Alan Lopez, Thomas Williams, Adeera Levin, Marcello Tonelli, Jasvinder Singh, Peter Burney, Jürgen Rehm, Nora Volkow, George Koob, Cleusa Ferri

    In this forum article, experts discuss non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that, despite causing significant health issues, do not receive the attention they deserve, highlighting the need for higher global health priority to reduce the burden of disease.

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    Video Q&A: global alcohol burden

    Ian Gilmore

    In this video Q&A, we interview Sir Ian Gilmore on the global burden of alcohol in terms of its scale and consequences relating to illness, and discuss the strategies that are addressing the problem.

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    Why do we accept alcohol risks?

    Jürgen Rehm, Dirk Lachenmeier, Robin Room

    Despite the known harms of excessive alcohol consumption, it is considered an acceptable risk; Jürgen Rehm et al. explore this issue, finding that alcohol’s special status may be due to overestimation of its health benefits when consumed in moderation.


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Transmission dynamics and control of Ebola virus disease (EVD): a review
Gerardo Chowell and Hiroshi Nishiura
BMC Medicine 2014, 12:196


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