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    Breast cancer chemoprevention

    Evidence from randomized trials suggests that taking selective estrogen receptor modulators could reduce breast cancer risk; Victor Vogel comments on the latest results, recommending that the risks and benefits should be considered for each individual.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:63
  • Making rare diseases visible

    Following revision of the International Classification of Diseases, the European Commission Expert Group on Rare Diseases recommends health care coding systems to use ORPHA codes in addition to ICD10 codes for rare diseases.

    Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2015, 10:35
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    Latest therapies for AD

    Michael Rafii and Paul Aisen review the most recent advances in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) therapies, and discuss the rationale behind the development and strategies of current AD clinical trials.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:62
  • Genome-to-phenome with FAANG

    The FAANG Consortium introduces a new project to produce comprehensive maps of functional elements in the genomes of domesticated animal species.

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:57
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    Newts go cheek-to-cheek during mating

    The cheek glands of male red-spotted newts produce a high diversity of pheromones, suggesting that attracting females through cheek rubbing might be a more widespread behaviour in salamanders than is currently appreciated.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:54
  • RNA defects in RRMS

    Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis is associated with widespread defects in RNA processing and splicing

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:58
  • Lumbar transversus abdominis plane block: the role of local anesthetic volume and concentration

    Lack of consensus surrounds the efficacy and optimal use of lumbar transversus abdominis plane block for multimodal analgesia following abdominal surgeries. Pilot results show a full-scale RCT to evaluate anesthetic volumes on cephalad dermatomal blockade would be feasible.

    Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2015, 1:10
  • MicrobeCensus

    MicrobeCensus is a method for estimating average genome size from shotgun metagenomic data based on single-copy gene families

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:51
  • MUSiCC

    MUSiCC is a method for normalizing metagenomic data, based on the abundances of a panel of universal single-copy genes

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:53
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    Whole grains linked to lower mortality risk

    Consumption of whole grains is associated with reduced risk of all-cause and disease-specific mortality, and those with the highest cereal fiber intake have lower mortality risk, providing evidence for the benefits of whole grain in the diet.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:59
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