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    Antipsychotics: costs and care

    Ajeet Singh, Andrew Nierenberg, Lakshmi Yatham, Michael Berk

    Previous research suggested a need for increased prescribing of generic risperidone in Western Europe; Michael Berk and colleagues argue for a balance between cheapest drug use and optimal tailored care to ensure beneficial patient outcomes.

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    Peer review: aims, training and recognition

    Jigisha Patel

    Jigisha Patel suggests current flaws within peer review systems in medical journals can be tackled by defining aims of peer review, offering training and recognition for reviewers, and providing readers with a way of identifying individual published articles that have been assessed by ‘trained’ reviewers.

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    A forum on the Mediterranean diet

    Antonia Trichopoulou, Miguel Martínez-González, Tammy Tong, Nita Forouhi, Shweta Khandelwal, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Dariush Mozaffarian, Michel de Lorgeril

    The Mediterranean diet is linked to many health benefits, but disparities exist in the definition of this dietary pattern; experts across the globe outline what constitutes a Mediterranean diet, how definitions vary, and ways to study its effects.

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    Placebo to treat depression?

    Andrea Cipriani, John Geddes

    Andrea Cipriani and John Geddes comment on a meta-analysis showing that sucrose-based placebos have an uncertain effect in clinical trials for depression, and discuss the implications of these findings for clinicians, researchers and patients.

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    Fatty acids and epigenetics

    Delphine Fradin, Pierre Bougnères

    Delphine Fradin and Pierre Bougnères discuss the limitations of a study revealing palmitate-induced epigenetic alterations in pancreatic cells, but emphasize that the findings pave the way for future research into obesity-induced metabolic changes.

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    Video Q&A: impact of stress

    George Chrousos

    In this video Q&A, we interview George Chrousos on the impact of stress on chronic non-communicable disorders, and discuss the physiological and economic factors that affect stress, as well as how it can be prevented.


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Estimating the returns to UK publicly funded cancer-related research in terms of the net value of improved health outcomes
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