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New treatments for type 2 diabetes - Volume 21, Issue

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) has become a burden for society, and the incidence of the disease continues to increase. A range of therapies is available to control glycaemia in T2D patients; however, these drugs have undesired side-effects and there is a…

Developing a treatment for ovarian cancer - Volume 21, Issue

Ovarian cancer is a really nasty disease. Although, like most cancers, it is curable if caught early enough, in practice it is not usually diagnosed until it is too late for curative treatment. It initially responds well to treatment and patients…

RCTs: Can the treatment work? Patient registries: Does the treatment work? - Volume 26, Issue

The first part of this article compares the main features of studies based on patient registry data with those of randomised clinical trials, providing a basis for better understanding the differences between the two. The second part details how to…

Obesity: When weight becomes unbearable - Volume 21, Issue

Obesity is associated with many chronic diseases. The dramatic rise in its prevalence worldwide has become a major health concern. This article discusses some of the controversies on its causes, consequences, and standard treatments, with a focus on…

Measuring health outcomes: The foundation of contemporary healthcare decision-making - Volume 27, Issue

Healthcare professionals and patients are (or should be) interested in understanding the benefits of health care. We should be able to know the expected treatment benefits and to see quantifiable evidence that supports those expectations. Such…

Measuring quality of life – theoretical background - Volume 27, Issue

Patient-centred medicine has come out of the increasing importance of patients’ voices in disease management. As part of this, health related quality of life (HR-QoL) has become an important part of assessing treatment outcome and the quality of…

Medical writing for cancer trials and submissions - Volume 21, Issue

Cancer is currently a high-priority area for drug development. Most cancers are immediately life-threatening diseases demanding urgent treatment and therapies are usually highly toxic. This poses a range of specific challenges for the ethical…

ADHD: A true neurodevelopmental disorder? - Volume 21, Issue

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders. First described in 1798 by Alexander Crichton, ADHD became widely known outside the medical profession with the publication of the story of Fidgety Phil…

Immuno-oncology: Harnessing our immune system to fight cancer - Volume 27, Issue

The history of immunotherapy to treat cancer began in 1891 when the American surgeon William Coley performed intra-tumoural injections with inactivated bacteria in patients with advanced sarcoma, in an attempt to stimulate anti-tumour immunity.…

Blockchain in healthcare, research, and scientific publishing - Volume 28, Issue

Data are being transmitted and stored on cloud-based networks, including clinical, research, and publishing data. These cloudbased systems often lack comprehensiveness, accessibility, interoperability, confidentiality,accountability, and…

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