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BMC Medicine Comments 2017

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  1. Commentary

    Circulating tumor DNA for personalized lung cancer monitoring

    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...

    Clare Fiala and Eleftherios P. Diamandis

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:157

    Published on: 17 August 2017

  2. Opinion

    The public health value of vaccines beyond efficacy: methods, measures and outcomes

    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...

    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

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:138

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  3. Opinion

    Ethics review in compassionate use

    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...

    Jan Borysowski, Hans-Jörg Ehni and Andrzej Górski

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:136

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  4. Commentary

    Rapidly increasing end-of-life care needs: a timely warning

    Current trends in population ageing show that, in the near future, while more people will live longer, more will also die at any one time. Health systems, as well as individual practitioners, are only just bec...

    Geoffrey Mitchell

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:126

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  5. Commentary

    About the practice of psychiatric euthanasia: a commentary

    Euthanasia motivated by mental disorders is legal in only a few countries and has a short history. In a recent report of all psychiatric euthanasia cases in Belgium between 2002 and 2013, Dierickx and colleagu...

    Jorge Lopez-Castroman

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:125

    Published on: 27 June 2017

  6. Correspondence

    Late presentation of chronic viral hepatitis for medical care: a consensus definition

    We present two consensus definitions of advanced and late stage liver disease being used as epidemiological tools. These definitions can be applied to assess the morbidity caused by liver diseases in different...

    Stefan Mauss, Stanislas Pol, Maria Buti, Erika Duffell, Charles Gore, Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Hilje Logtenberg-van der Grient, Jens Lundgren, Antons Mozalevskis, Dorthe Raben, Eberhard Schatz, Stefan Wiktor and Jürgen K. Rockstroh

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:92

    Published on: 3 May 2017

  7. Opinion

    The new field of ‘precision psychiatry’

    Precision medicine is a new and important topic in psychiatry. Psychiatry has not yet benefited from the advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies that form an integral part of other clinical specialtie...

    Brisa S. Fernandes, Leanne M. Williams, Johann Steiner, Marion Leboyer, André F. Carvalho and Michael Berk

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:80

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  8. Debate

    Innovative regenerative medicines in the EU: a better future in evidence?

    Despite a steady stream of headlines suggesting they will transform the future of healthcare, high-tech regenerative medicines have, to date, been quite inaccessible to patients, with only eight having been gr...

    Mark S. Corbett, Andrew Webster, Robert Hawkins and Nerys Woolacott

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:49

    Published on: 8 March 2017

  9. Commentary

    When is proton pump inhibitor use appropriate?

    Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy is commonly used outside of Food and Drug Administration indication for a broad range of conditions such as extra-esophageal reflux and PPI-responsive esophageal eosinophili...

    Rena Yadlapati and Peter J. Kahrilas

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:36

    Published on: 21 February 2017

    The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2016 14:179

  10. Commentary

    A step forward in addressing cancer survivorship in the Asia-Pacific region

    Cancer survivorship is being increasingly recognized as an important component of cancer care. This commentary reviews the key findings reported in the recent BMC Medicine publication of the ACTION study, which f...

    Raymond Javan Chan, Alexandre Chan, Patsy Yates and Alex Molassiotis

    BMC Medicine 2017 15:17

    Published on: 26 January 2017