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  1. Blockchain is a shared distributed digital ledger technology that can better facilitate data management, provenance and security, and has the potential to transform healthcare. Importantly, blockchain represen...

    Authors: Tim K. Mackey, Tsung-Ting Kuo, Basker Gummadi, Kevin A. Clauson, George Church, Dennis Grishin, Kamal Obbad, Robert Barkovich and Maria Palombini
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2019 17:68
  2. The concept of reserve was established to account for the observation that a given degree of neurodegenerative pathology may result in varying degrees of symptoms in different individuals. There is a large amo...

    Authors: Robert Perneczky, Gerd Kempermann, Amos D. Korczyn, Fiona E. Matthews, M. Arfan Ikram, Nikolaos Scarmeas, Gael Chetelat, Yaakov Stern and Michael Ewers
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2019 17:47
  3. Many health conditions perceived to be contagious, dangerous or incurable, or resulting in clearly visible signs, share a common attribute – an association with stigma and discrimination. While the etiology of...

    Authors: Wim H. van Brakel, Janine Cataldo, Sandeep Grover, Brandon A. Kohrt, Laura Nyblade, Melissa Stockton, Edwin Wouters and Lawrence H. Yang
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2019 17:13
  4. Mass drug administration (MDA) of antimalarials has re-emerged as a recommended tool for interrupting malaria transmission, but evidence from low endemicity settings is scarce. A trial in Zanzibar found that t...

    Authors: Manuel W. Hetzel and Blaise Genton
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:239

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2018 16:215

  5. de Boer and colleagues present a cost-effectiveness analysis based in the Netherlands of two vaccines available for the prevention of herpes zoster. Zostavax® was the first vaccine available for the prevention...

    Authors: Chester B. Good, Natasha Parekh and Inmaculada Hernandez
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:238

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2018 16:228

  6. There is clear guidance on the responsibilities of editors to ensure that the research they publish is of the highest possible quality. Poor reporting is unethical and directly impacts patient care. Reporting ...

    Authors: David Moher
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:233
  7. Malaria transmission is highly heterogeneous through time and space, and mapping of this heterogeneity is necessary to better understand local dynamics. New targeted policies are needed as numerous countries h...

    Authors: Jordi Landier, Stanislas Rebaudet, Renaud Piarroux and Jean Gaudart
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:226

    The original article was published in Malaria Journal 2018 17:340

  8. Health-related apps have great potential to enhance health and prevent disease globally, but their quality currently varies too much for clinicians to feel confident about recommending them to patients. The ma...

    Authors: Jeremy C. Wyatt
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:225

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medicine 2019 17:144

  9. Understanding the long-term health impacts of the early-life exposome requires the characterization and assimilation of multi ‘omics’ data to ultimately link molecular changes to exposures. In this way, marker...

    Authors: Alicia DiBattista and Pranesh Chakraborty
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:222

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2018 16:202

  10. The past 15 years have seen the emergence of a new paradigm in medical research, namely of people living with medical conditions (whether patients, parents, or caregivers) using digital tools to conduct N-of-1...

    Authors: Paul Wicks
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:217
  11. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, with increasing incidence. The mortality rate of pancreatic cancer is rising rapidly, and is projected to be the seco...

    Authors: Huiyun Zhu, Tuo Li, Yiqi Du and Min Li
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:214
  12. Improving clinical outcomes and quality of care in diseases such as sepsis, which are heterogeneous in their presenting signs and symptoms, is a challenge. One approach is to utilise the Functional Analysis Re...

    Authors: Damian Roland
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:213

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2018 16:174

  13. Spatial epidemiology is a rapidly advancing field, pushing our abilities to measure, monitor and map pathogens at increasingly finer spatiotemporal scales. However, these scales often do not align with the abi...

    Authors: Andrew J. Tatem
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:209
  14. Recent global progress in scaling up malaria control interventions has revived the goal of complete elimination in many countries. Decreasing transmission intensity generally leads to increasingly patchy spati...

    Authors: Amy Wesolowski, Aimee R Taylor, Hsiao-Han Chang, Robert Verity, Sofonias Tessema, Jeffrey A Bailey, T Alex Perkins, Daniel E Neafsey, Bryan Greenhouse and Caroline O Buckee
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:190

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medicine 2018 16:241

  15. Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) have dramatically changed the landscape of hepatitis C treatment and prevention. The World Health Organization has called for the elimination of hepatitis C as a public health t...

    Authors: Caitlin H. Douglass, Alisa Pedrana, Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Ellen F. M. ‘t Hoen, Radi Hammad, Ricardo Baptista Leite, Andrew Hill and Margaret Hellard
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:175
  16. Emergency hospital admissions are common, with several interventions having been developed to reduce their rates. Bobrovitz et al. summarized the available body of evidence regarding pharmacologic therapies ai...

    Authors: Michael R. Gionfriddo
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:169

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2018 16:115

  17. A first UN General Assembly high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis (TB) will take place on September 26, 2018. It offers the opportunity to forge new concrete commitments and action needed to fin...

    Authors: Diana Weil, Kristijan Marinkovic and Tereza Kasaeva
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:172
  18. The choice of the most appropriate antithrombotic regimen that balances ischemic and bleeding risks was addressed by the August 2017 European Society of Cardiologists (ESC)/European Association for Cardio-Thor...

    Authors: Adrian Covic, Simonetta Genovesi, Patrick Rossignol, Philip A. Kalra, Alberto Ortiz, Maciej Banach and Alexandru Burlacu
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:158
  19. The ever-increasing number of reasons forcing people to flee from their homes to new, safer places either within their countries of origin, into neighbouring countries or across continental, conversant and cul...

    Authors: Mina Fazel
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:164

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2018 16:157

  20. Personalized, precision, P4, or stratified medicine is understood as a medical approach in which patients are stratified based on their disease subtype, risk, prognosis, or treatment response using specialized...

    Authors: Holger Fröhlich, Rudi Balling, Niko Beerenwinkel, Oliver Kohlbacher, Santosh Kumar, Thomas Lengauer, Marloes H. Maathuis, Yves Moreau, Susan A. Murphy, Teresa M. Przytycka, Michael Rebhan, Hannes Röst, Andreas Schuppert, Matthias Schwab, Rainer Spang, Daniel Stekhoven…
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:150
  21. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has emerged as a common cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality. Tackling this condition at a societal level will require a clear understanding of the burden of...

    Authors: Arun J. Sanyal
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:148

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2018 16:130

  22. The question of whether depression is a causal factor in somatic diseases remains unanswered despite decades of research. In an extensive umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, Machado et al. (B...

    Authors: Annelieke M. Roest and Peter de Jonge
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:147

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2018 16:112

  23. In an era when obesity prevalence is high throughout much of the world, there is a correspondingly pervasive and strong culture of weight stigma. For example, representative studies show that some forms of wei...

    Authors: A. Janet Tomiyama, Deborah Carr, Ellen M. Granberg, Brenda Major, Eric Robinson, Angelina R. Sutin and Alexandra Brewis
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:123
  24. The results of liver transplantation are excellent, with survival rates of over 90 and 80% at 1 and 5 years, respectively. The success of liver transplantation has led to an increase in the indications for liv...

    Authors: Didier Samuel and Audrey Coilly
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:113
  25. The healthcare system has proved a challenging environment for innovation, especially in the area of health services management and research. This is often attributed to the complexity of the healthcare sector...

    Authors: Katrina M. Long, Fiona McDermott and Graham N. Meadows
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:94
  26. More than 65 million persons are currently forcibly displaced, of whom more than 22 million are refugees. Conflicts are increasing, and existing ones are becoming more protracted; a refugee remains a refugee f...

    Authors: Paul Spiegel, Rebecca Chanis and Antonio Trujillo
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:90
  27. Various Zika virus (ZIKV) vaccine candidates are currently in development. Nevertheless, unique challenges in clinical development and regulatory pathways may hinder the licensure of high-quality, safe, and ef...

    Authors: Annelies Wilder-Smith, Kirsten Vannice, Anna Durbin, Joachim Hombach, Stephen J. Thomas, Irani Thevarjan and Cameron P. Simmons
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:84
  28. The increasing number and global distribution of pathogens resistant to antimicrobial drugs is potentially one of the greatest threats to global health, leading to health crises arising from infections that we...

    Authors: Simon I. Hay, Puja C. Rao, Christiane Dolecek, Nicholas P. J. Day, Andy Stergachis, Alan D. Lopez and Christopher J. L. Murray
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:78