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    Algorithm lowers antibiotic use for UTIs

    In a randomized trial, an equation based on procalcitonin and pyuria reduces prescription of antibiotics for urinary tract infections (UTIs) without affecting clinical outcome, suggesting that algorithms could reduce inappropriate antibiotic use.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:104
  • Detecting ancestry in the human genome

    Wollstein and Lao discuss the most widely used methods in population genetics for evaluating individual genetic ancestry.

    Investigative Genetics 2015, 6:7
  • Re-inventing ancient human DNA

    As part of the "Human Evolutionary Genomics" thematic series, Michael Hofreiter and colleagues review how recent technological improvements have rapidly transformed ancient human DNA research to become a central component of modern anthropological research.

    Investigative Genetics 2015, 6:4
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    E-cigarettes and adolescents

    Alfgeir Kristjansson and Inga Dora Sigfusdottir discuss the use of electronic cigarettes (ECs) in adolescents, concluding that ECs are likely to increase the risk of other harmful behaviours such as alcohol use, so their use should be restricted in minors.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:103
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    Repurposing electronic health record data for genomic research

    Wei-Qi Wei and Joshua Denny review how the combination of data extracted from EHRs with high-throughput genotyping information can accelerate genomic discovery.

    Genome Medicine 2015, 7:41
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    Chikungunya virus spreads to Brazil

    In an analysis of epidemiological and clinical data, recent outbreaks of Chikungunya virus in Brazil are caused by imported strains, suggesting surveillance and vector mitigation measures are required to avoid uncontrolled transmission in America.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:102
  • Novel method for rapid detection of H7N9

    A multiplex assay for simultaneous detection of H7N9 and influenza A viruses was developed, enabling the laboratory surveillance and rapid diagnosis of these viruses in the future.

    Virology Journal 2015, 12:69
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    Anti-NGF antibody aids chronic pain in dogs

    Treatment of NV-01, a monoclonal canine-specific antibody against nerve growth factor, decreased pain and improved mobility in dogs with degenerative joint disease-associated pain, with the magnitude of the effect appearing identical to that expected with an NSAID.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2015, 11:101
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    Universal health and the SDGs

    Viroj Tangcharoensathien and colleagues discuss the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting the importance of incorporating universal health coverage within these goals in order to accelerate health equity.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:101
  • Cloning-free CRISPR/Cas system

    A new genome editing method facilitates generation of functional cassette knockin in mice

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:87
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