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  1. Content type: Opinion

    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

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  2. Content type: Commentary

    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

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  3. Content type: Commentary

    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

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

  4. Content type: Debate

    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

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  5. Content type: Commentary

    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

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

  6. Content type: Commentary

    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

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

  7. Content type: Opinion

    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

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  8. Content type: Opinion

    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

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  9. Content type: Opinion

    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

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  10. Content type: Debate

    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

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  11. Content type: Opinion

    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

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  12. Content type: Commentary

    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

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  13. Content type: Opinion

    After 7 years of increasing conflict and violence, the Syrian civil war now constitutes the largest displacement crisis in the world, with more than 6 million people who have been internally displaced. Among t...

    Authors: Rahma Aburas, Amina Najeeb, Laila Baageel and Tim K. Mackey

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:65

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  14. Content type: Opinion

    Implementation science has a core aim – to get evidence into practice. Early in the evidence-based medicine movement, this task was construed in linear terms, wherein the knowledge pipeline moved from evidence...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Kate Churruca, Janet C. Long, Louise A. Ellis and Jessica Herkes

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:63

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  15. Content type: Debate

    There is increasing focus on the strength of primary health care systems in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). There are important roles for higher quality district hospital care within these systems. The...

    Authors: Mike English, Paul Mwaniki, Thomas Julius, Mercy Chepkirui, David Gathara, Paul O. Ouma, Peter Cherutich, Emelda A. Okiro and Robert W. Snow

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:32

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  16. Content type: Commentary

    Adult-onset, or type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has a complex genetic architecture, from hundreds of genes with low penetrance, common susceptibility variants (e.g., TCF7L2), to a set of more than ten genes that...

    Authors: Leslie G. Biesecker

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:25

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    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:213

  17. Content type: Commentary

    The therapeutic approach for the second-line treatment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without actionable mutations has been revolutionized by the recent approval of new effective ...

    Authors: Alessandro Morabito

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:24

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    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:193

  18. Content type: Debate

    Disability as a health outcome deserves more attention than it has so far received. With people living longer and the epidemiological transition from infectious to noncommunicable diseases as the major cause o...

    Authors: Alarcos Cieza, Carla Sabariego, Jerome Bickenbach and Somnath Chatterji

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:14

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  19. Content type: Commentary

    In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended point-of-use fortification of complementary foods with iron-containing micronutrient powders to improve iron status and reduce anaemia in children at ri...

    Authors: Hans Verhoef, Emily Teshome and Andrew M. Prentice

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:7

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    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:99

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:89

  20. Content type: Opinion

    Changes in climate, in conjunction with other drivers of mobility, shape human migration. While there is an increasing focus on the adaptive potential of migration, the health impacts of climate-related migrat...

    Authors: Patricia Schwerdtle, Kathryn Bowen and Celia McMichael

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2018 16:1

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  21. Content type: Opinion

    Interventions in infectious diseases can have both direct effects on individuals who receive the intervention as well as indirect effects in the population. In addition, intervention combinations can have comp...

    Authors: M. Elizabeth Halloran, Kari Auranen, Sarah Baird, Nicole E. Basta, Steven E. Bellan, Ron Brookmeyer, Ben S. Cooper, Victor DeGruttola, James P. Hughes, Justin Lessler, Eric T. Lofgren, Ira M. Longini, Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Berk Özler, George R. Seage, Thomas A. Smith…

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:223

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  22. Content type: Commentary

    To achieve complete polio eradication, the live oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) currently used must be phased out after the end of wild poliovirus transmission. However, poorly understood threats may arise when ...

    Authors: James S. Koopman

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:221

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    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:180

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:175

  23. Content type: Commentary

    This Commentary describes the situation and healthcare needs of Afghans returning to their country of origin. With more than 600,000 Afghans returned from Pakistan and approximately 450,000 Afghans returned fr...

    Authors: Ariel Higgins-Steele, David Lai, Paata Chikvaidze, Khaksar Yousufi, Zelaikha Anwari, Richard Peeperkorn and Karen Edmond

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:196

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  24. Content type: Commentary

    Given our increasingly diverse societies, there is an urgent need for research into the causes of persistent ethnic disparities in undergraduate clinical performance. It is argued that causes for underperforma...

    Authors: Karen M. Stegers-Jager

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:190

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    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:179

  25. Content type: Debate

    Physician-assisted dying has been the subject of extensive discussion and legislative activity both in Europe and North America. In this context, dying by voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED) is of...

    Authors: Ralf J. Jox, Isra Black, Gian Domenico Borasio and Johanna Anneser

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:186

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    The Commentary to this article has been published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:187

  26. Content type: Commentary

    Jox and colleagues recently compared and contrasted two leading end-of-life exit options, namely voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) and medical aid in dying (MAID). The authors argue that policyma...

    Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:187

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    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:186

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2017 15:186

  27. Content type: Commentary

    Herein, we summarise the results of the most relevant studies presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting in the field of soft tissue sarcomas (STSs) and gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs). Innovations on ...

    Authors: Anna Maria Frezza, Silvia Stacchiotti and Alessandro Gronchi

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:160

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  28. Content type: Commentary

    Advances in deep sequencing technology have led to developments in personalized medicine. Here, we describe the implications of a recent investigation that sequenced ctDNA from the plasma of non-small cell lun...

    Authors: Clare Fiala and Eleftherios P. Diamandis

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:157

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  29. Content type: Commentary

    Mehdizadeh and colleagues recently described the prevalence of General Medical Council regulatory performance assessments by doctors’ country of primary medical qualification. This article has caused anger wit...

    Authors: Richard Wakeford

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:149

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  30. Content type: Opinion

    Assessments of vaccine efficacy and safety capture only the minimum information needed for regulatory approval, rather than the full public health value of vaccines. Vaccine efficacy provides a measure of prop...

    Authors: A. Wilder-Smith, I. Longini, P. L. Zuber, T. Bärnighausen, W. J. Edmunds, N. Dean, V. Masserey Spicher, M. R. Benissa and B. D. Gessner

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:138

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  31. Content type: Opinion

    Compassionate use is the use of unapproved drugs outside of clinical trials. So far, compassionate use regulations have been introduced in the US, Canada, many European countries, Australia and Brazil, and tre...

    Authors: Jan Borysowski, Hans-Jörg Ehni and Andrzej Górski

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:136

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  32. Content type: Commentary

    The damage to health caused by intimate partner violence demands effective responses from healthcare providers and healthcare systems worldwide. To date, most evidence for the few existing, effective intervent...

    Authors: Angela Taft and Manuela Colombini

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:127

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