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  • Advancing Knowledge of Rapid Reviews

    The AHRQ and EPC Program evaluated the literature on rapid reviews; results indicate that definition, methods and applications vary considerably. Those producing rapid reviews need to consider the transparency of their methods and development of reporting guidelines.

    Systematic Reviews 2015, 4:50
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    Mediators linked to weight loss success

    In a systematic review, autonomous motivation, self-monitoring, eating restraint and positive body image predict successful behavior change and weight loss in obese people, providing information to inform the design of lifestyle interventions.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:84
  • Serum haptoglobin dynamics in pigs vaccinated (or not) against PCV2

    In this field study, Lorenzo Fraile and colleagues found that serum haptoglobin concentration was not feasible as a surrogate marker of PCV2 vaccine efficacy.

    Porcine Health Management 2015, 1:3
  • Lesions in organic/free-range vs conventionally raised pigs

    Authors at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council investigate lesions in organic/free-range vs conventionally raised pigs, to determine whether production system affects on this welfare outcome.

    Porcine Health Management 2015, 1:4
  • Save the pig tail!

    Anna Valros and Mari Heinonen review tail biting, a common problem in modern pig production. They conclude that tail docking is not the only solution.

    Porcine Health Management 2015, 1:2
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    Porcine Health Management - the pig in a central position

    Today marks the launch of Porcine Health Management, a new OA journal for swine veterinarians and professionals. Co-Editors-in-Chief Guy-Pierre Martineau and Maurice Pensaert describe the journal's aims.

    Porcine Health Management 2015, 1:1
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    Own name response linked to VS prognosis

    In vegetative state (VS) patients, brain activity in response to a patient’s own name being spoken in a familiar voice is associated with outcome, especially in those with traumatic injury, suggesting this response could help to predict prognosis.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:83
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    Inconsistent citing of meta-analyses

    In a systematic evaluation, meta-analyses on drug therapies do not consistently cite meta-analyses on the same topic, suggesting that guidelines are required to ensure that previous systematic analyses are reported and avoid research waste.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:82
  • Sperm chromosome organization

    Comparing chromosome organization in mouse sperm and fibroblasts suggests that packaging chromosomes in sperm does not result in large changes

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:77
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    Helminthes, hygiene and autoimmunity

    Yehuda Shoenfeld and colleagues review the Hygiene Hypothesis, focusing on the immunoprotective and immunotherapeutic effects helminthes may play in autoimmunity, and discuss the potential therapies that may be on the horizon.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:81
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