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Is cancer preventable? A literature review - Volume 21, Issue

Despite significant progress in tumour diagnosis and treatment over the last few years, cancer remains a major cause of death worldwide. Cancer prevention through diet and lifestyle changes is gaining importance, as our understanding of the…

How CDC is promoting a clear communication culture - Volume 24, Issue

Both the federal Plain Writing Act and the mission of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect and promote people's health require CDC to communicate clearly so that people can understand and act on the important health…

What is the best quality of diabetes care? The Global Diabetes Survey needs your participation - Volume 21, Issue

Adequate quality of diabetes care and the best concept for the implementation of national diabetes plans remains controversial. In September 2011, the United Nations Summit for Non-Communicable Diseases agreed that national plans for prevention and…

O, safety, quo vadis? - Volume 21, Issue

It is widely acknowledged that resolutions of difficulties tend to engender new problems. Increasingly, complex systems perpetuate increasing complexity. This discursive essay suggests that the most promising of discoveries, innovations, and…

Plain language and readability - Volume 24, Issue

Plain language is writing in clear, concise language that is easy to read and understand. Whenever I hear the term plain language I am reminded of a lay summary I was once asked to edit. The stream of technical language (‘self-source bias’, ‘effect m…

Writing for lay audiences - Volume 24, Issue

For most of us, medical writing is highly technical. We prepare regulatory or clinical documents or write materials targeted to medical doctors. Medical writing for lay audiences is different, and it does not come naturally to most of us because…

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