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  • [Perspectives] How to make peace

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    As a character said in Jean Renoir's 1939 movie The Rules of the Game, “The awful thing about life is this: everybody has their reasons.” Pertinent for our daily interactions with other people, this point is also relevant when we think of politics and international disputes. At a time when diplomacy and peace-making skills are disregarded by some political leaders, it's refreshing to be reminded that listening to other people made a big difference in a peace process, even in the most unlikely ...

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  • [Comment] Biodegradable polymer drug-eluting stents: caveat emptor

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Percutaneous coronary intervention is one of the most widely done medical procedures worldwide. The success of this therapy has been largely dependent on the development of coronary stents, which enabled the procedure to become safer and more effective than balloon angioplasty alone.1 Drug-eluting stents, in particular, were a breakthrough technology. They facilitated the treatment of more complex disease patterns, previously not well managed by percutaneous intervention, because of a high rate of ...

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  • [Perspectives] Talking in the air

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Juliet Stevenson last appeared at the Young Vic in 2015 as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days. The role required some forbearance; initially, she was buried to her waist in shale and later she was buried up to her neck. With Wings, Stevenson is reunited with Happy Days director Natalie Abrahami in a play about a different sort of ...

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  • [Comment] Second Raffles Dialogue on Human Well-Being and Security

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    In an increasingly unpredictable world, human wellbeing and security are under threat as never before. As the global community strives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is clear that the time of realising easy gains is over. Going forwards, innovation (ie, the successful development of invention) will have a crucial role in ensuring humanity's future survival. The world faces a complex range of interconnected political, economic, financial, social, and environmental ...

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  • [Correspondence] Concerns related to the nocebo effect

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    We read with interest the finding of Ajay Gupta and colleagues (June 24, p 2473)1 of an absence of attributable risk of muscle-related adverse events to statin therapy in the blinded randomised controlled phase by contrast with an excess risk in the non-randomised, open-label extension phase in the same population. These results were attributed to the nocebo effect. We note that the overall proportion of participants reporting muscle-related adverse events was lower in the non-blinded, non-randomised phase than in the masked randomised ...

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  • [Editorial] Gun deaths and the gun control debate in the USA

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    The numbing parade of mass shootings in the USA—like the one in Las Vegas that left at least 59 people dead—has often obscured the gun debate's open secret: horrific, attention-grabbing, mass shootings represent only a small minority of gun deaths each year. Two-thirds of all gun deaths in the USA are attributable to suicide, a fact highlighted by a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on over half a million deaths by suicide from 2001 to 2015. Rural counties have a higher prevalence of suicide than do small and medium metropolitan, or urban counties (17·3 vs 14·9 and 11·9 deaths per 100 000 people, ...

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  • [Editorial] “Junior” doctors: does terminology matter?

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    In a letter published online this week, David Matthews from the Oxford Health Alliance suggests abandoning the term “junior” to address the low morale of UK “trainee” hospital doctors, aged between 23 and 40 years. This proposal, supported by Sally Davies, the UK's Chief Medical Officer, is well intentioned, but an intervention beyond re-branding is urgently needed. It is not only the label that is damaging, but also the culture and mechanics of a system that rotates doctors between hospitals 60–70 miles apart every 6–12 months for up to 15 years, usually with less than 6 weeks' notice of destination and salary, and requires doctors to give 6–8 weeks' notice for leave requests and organise their own cover on increasingly understaffed rotas, but can change their schedule with less than 24 h ...

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  • [Obituary] Dame Margaret Elizabeth Harvey Turner-Warwick

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Architect of modern UK respiratory medicine. Born in London on Nov 19, 1924, she died there of pneumonia on Aug 21, 2017, aged 92 ...

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  • [Correspondence] Type 2 diabetes in youth is a disease of poverty

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    We commend the Review by Russell Viner and colleagues (June 3, p 2252)1 on the topic of type 2 diabetes in adolescents. We were pleased that the authors acknowledged the crucial importance of the psychological and social challenges that adolescents with type 2 diabetes face. However, few clinical guidelines or expert recommendations acknowledge that these challenges might be grounded in the social conditions in which these adolescents live.2 Specifically, a substantial proportion of young people with type 2 diabetes live in poverty or socially disadvantaged households ...

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  • [Editorial] Decisions only she should make

    Posted 2017-10-21 00:00:00 by: The HealthFolk Team

    From a teenager seeking safe abortion in the USA, to the multiple actresses with sexual harassment allegations against the film producer Harvey Weinstein, recent media reports concerning the rights of women and girls share the familiar sense of objectification of female bodies by men in power and lost agency in sexual and reproductive rights. The latest draft of the 2018–22 strategic plan of the the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defined the HHS mission as “serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at ...

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