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  • Epigenetic effects of oral contraceptives

    Epigenetics may explain how sex hormones in women could influence risk of asthma after puberty.

    Clinical Epigenetics 2014, 6:17
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    India's experience of the 1918 flu

    The 1918 influenza pandemic initially entered India via Bombay (now Mumbai) and over time, and with distance from the city, showed a pattern of speed deceleration and decreased overall virulence but with a prolonged epidemic wave.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:510
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    New challenges for liver cirrhosis

    Peter Byass comments on new estimates for the global burden of liver cirrhosis mortality, highlighting the challenges of this analysis and discussing the ways in which the data could be used for risk-reduction strategies.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:159
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    IBD, measles and vaccine safety

    Susy Yusung and Jonathan Braun comment on a modeling study suggesting no molecular mimicry between measles antigens and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), highlighting that the findings support the safety of pediatric MMR vaccines.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:166
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    Support needed during HCV therapy

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients undergoing outpatient protease-inhibitor-based triple therapy can find the treatment physically, emotionally and socially draining, and need systematic support from specially trained professionals in symptom management.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:507
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    Cancer therapy leads from yeast conservation

    Screens in yeast can be used to identify conserved interactions with the mismatch repair pathway to provide new avenues for cancer therapy based on synthetic lethality.

    Genome Medicine 2014, 6:68
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    Informed consent in childhood cancer sequencing

    Consent for clinical tumor sequencing in children is more dependent on emotional aspects than race or ethnicity, while genomic privacy concerns are low.

    Genome Medicine 2014, 6:69
  • Inter-hospital transfer and mortality in AKI patients

    Inter-hospital transfer of critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) does not increase risk of death or dialysis dependence 30 days after the initiation of acute renal replacement therapy.

    Critical Care 2014, 18:513
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    Goals for sugar intake should be revised

    There is a log-linear relationship of caries to sugar intake from 0% of energy intake (E) to 10%E sugar at where a costly burden of caries is induced, suggesting public health goals should set sugar intakes ideally less than 3%.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:863
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    Metabolism and angiogenesis

    Peter Carmeliet reviews how metabolic pathways in endothelial cells regulate angiogenesis during cancer development, providing a hugely useful resource for the cancer metabolism field

    Cancer & Metabolism 2014, 2:19
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