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    War: health across generations

    Delan Devakumar, Marion Birch, David Osrin, Egbert Sondorp, Jonathan Wells

    Delan Devakumar and colleagues discuss how exposure to violence, mental health stressors, infection and malnutrition during war have intergenerational effects on health, and suggest long-term interventions are required in post-conflict situations.

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    Lifestyle factors to reduce BC risk

    Michel de Lorgeril, Patricia Salen

    Research in BMC Cancer finds a higher omega-3 /omega-6 fatty acid ratio is linked to lower breast cancer (BC) risk; Michel de Lorgeril and Patricia Salen discuss factors that can influence this, highlighting ways to reduce BC risk.

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    Safeguarding voluntary informed consent

    Sara Dekking, Rieke van der Graaf, Johannes van Delden

    Ethical guidelines for human-subject research are designed to safeguard patients enrolled in trials by their physicians, but a review of international guidelines shows current approaches are sub-optimal, highlighting a need for better transparency and support in providing voluntary informed consent.

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    Open questions in autoimmunity

    Carlo Selmi, Yehuda Shoenfeld

    Best methods for diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases remains a topic of debate amongst rheumatologists; in this editorial Selmi and Shoenfeld discuss the role of epigenetics, the pros and cons of biologic therapy, and the use of new biomarkers or imaging in disease detection and management.

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    Global mental health: an interview with Vikram Patel

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    In this Q&A audio podcast, we interview Vikram Patel, joint Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health, on the initiatives to improve global mental health, and discuss the challenges, controversies and future directions in the field.

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    Targeting rheumatic diseases

    Attila Mócsai, László Kovács, Péter Gergely

    Attila Mócsai and colleagues discuss the pros and cons of treating rheumatic diseases with biologic agents and small molecule inhibitors, and highlight that both approaches are promising to the future of targeted therapies in rheumatology.


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