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  1. 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

    Content type: Opinion

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  2. 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

    Content type: Opinion

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  3. 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

    Content type: Debate

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  4. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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

  5. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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

  6. 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

    Content type: Debate

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  7. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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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

  8. 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

    Content type: Opinion

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  9. 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

    Content type: Opinion

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  10. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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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

  11. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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  12. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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

  13. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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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

  14. 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

    Content type: Debate

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

  15. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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  16. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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  17. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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  18. 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

    Content type: Opinion

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  19. 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

    Content type: Opinion

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  20. 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

    Content type: Commentary

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  21. Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is a complex spectrum encompassing post-stroke cognitive impairment (PSCI) and small vessel disease-related cognitive impairment. Despite the growing health, social, and eco...

    Authors: Régis Bordet, Ralf Ihl, Amos D. Korczyn, Giuseppe Lanza, Jelka Jansa, Robert Hoerr and Alla Guekht

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:107

    Content type: Opinion

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  22. 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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:92

    Content type: Correspondence

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  23. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:80

    Content type: Opinion

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  24. The unprecedented impact and modeling efforts associated with the 2014–2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa provides a unique opportunity to document the performances and caveats of forecasting approaches used i...

    Authors: Gerardo Chowell, Cécile Viboud, Lone Simonsen, Stefano Merler and Alessandro Vespignani

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:42

    Content type: Opinion

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  25. 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...

    Authors: Rena Yadlapati and Peter J. Kahrilas

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2017 15:36

    Content type: Commentary

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