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Review & comment
Andrew Renehan and Iain Buchan comment on a recent large scale study showing that elevated body mass index is linked to increased hospital admission rates in England, and discuss the direct impact of obesity on the healthcare system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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