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    Prognosis and clinical practice

    Peter Croft, Douglas Altman, Jonathan Deeks, Kate Dunn, Alastair Hay, Harry Hemingway, Linda LeResche, George Peat, Pablo Perel, Steffen Petersen, Richard Riley, Ian Roberts, Michael Sharpe, Richard Stevens, Danielle Van Der Windt, Michael Von Korff, Adam Timmis

    Peter Croft et al. argue that decision making in clinical practice should be based on patient prognosis as well as disease diagnosis, highlighting that this prognostic model may improve future patient outcome by incorporating more information.  

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    Blood group and mortality risk

    Massimo Franchini, Giuseppe Lippi

    Recent findings suggest nearly 6% of total deaths and 9% of cardiovascular deaths could be due to having non-O blood groups; Massimo Franchini and Giuseppe Lippi discuss possible mechanisms of these associations and the clinical implications.

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    Healthy screening: caution needed

    Eleftherios Diamandis

    The Hundred Person Wellness Project aims to screen healthy individuals to avoid symptomatic disease; Eleftherios Diamandis argues that such testing could lead to over-diagnosis and over-treatment, and should be used with caution.

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    Screening to optimize wellness

    Leroy Hood, Jennifer Lovejoy, Nathan Price

    Lee Hood and colleagues discuss the benefits of the Hundred Person Wellness Project, a study that aims to monitor 100 ‘well’ individuals, arguing that the results will enable earlier disease intervention to optimize wellness and minimize illness.

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    Diet and prostate cancer

    Pao-Hwa Lin, William Aronson, Stephen Freedland

    Pao-Hwa Lin and colleagues review recent evidence for the effect of diet on prostate cancer incidence and progression, concluding that while some findings are inconsistent, consuming a healthy diet is a promising approach for prostate cancer prevention.

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    Molecular tools for DFIs

    Anne Spichler, Bonnie Hurwitz, David Armstrong, Benjamin Lipsky

    Current methods to identify pathogens causing diabetic foot infections (DFIs) are inadequate, so Anne Spichler and colleagues suggest that developing new molecular techniques to better understand DFI microbiology will lead to better management of this complex disease.


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