February 8, 2017

BMC Medicine Monthly Contents - January 2017

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Dear Dr Wirawan,

BMC Medicine is pleased to share with you our January content update, featuring journal news, top articles and our most recent table of contents.

From the BMC Medicine blog

Capitalizing placebo effects to improve outcome in cardiac surgery
Capitalizing placebo effects to improve outcome in cardiac surgery

A new study looks at the placebo effect and how it can be utilized to improve the long-term outcome in heart surgery patients. In this blog the authors of the study discuss their findings and explore how patient expectations are a major mechanism that causes the placebo effect.

Short physical performance battery in the era of frail population
Short physical performance battery in the era of frail population

The Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) is an established tool used to assess the physical performance of a patient's lower extremities. A meta-analysis looks at whether a patient's SPPB score can be used a predictor for all cause mortality. Here, lead author of the study, Rita Pavasini, tells us more.

Persistent low back pain: can screening predict risk?
Persistent low back pain: can screening predict risk?

In order to provide the most effective treatment for low back pain and to treat those most in need, screening instruments can be used to best allocate care; however there is uncertainty over their prognostic performance. A new systematic review looks to assess how accurately screening instruments can classify those with an episode of low back pain who will have a poor outcome. Here author, Emma Karran, tells us more.

Table of Contents


About the complexity of adult onset Still's disease… and advances still required for its management

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


The Journal Impact Factor is under attack – use the CAPCI factor instead


Procalcitonin-guided diagnosis and antibiotic stewardship revisited

Translational models for vascular cognitive impairment: a review including larger species


Closed-loop for type 1 diabetes – an introduction and appraisal for the generalist


Inhibition of placental mTOR signaling provides a link between placental malaria and reduced birthweight

Unraveling the associations of age and menopause with cardiovascular risk factors in a large population-based study

Characteristics and knowledge synthesis approach for 456 network meta-analyses: a scoping review

Plasma proteome and metabolome characterization of an experimental human thyrotoxicosis model

Preoperative optimization of patient expectations improves long-term outcome in heart surgery patients: results of the randomized controlled PSY-HEART trial

Oral treatment with Lactobacillus rhamnosus attenuates behavioural deficits and immune changes in chronic social stress

Steroid withdrawal after renal transplantation: a retrospective cohort study

Health-related quality of life and psychological distress among cancer survivors in Southeast Asia: results from a longitudinal study in eight low- and middle-income countries

Lifetime and 12-month prevalence of eating disorders amongst women in mid-life: a population-based study of diagnoses and risk factors

Can screening instruments accurately determine poor outcome risk in adults with recent onset low back pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Respiratory effect of beta-blockers in people with asthma and cardiovascular disease: population-based nested case control study

A randomised controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression (the 'SMILES' trial)

Risk estimates of recurrent congenital anomalies in the UK: a population-based register study


Post-stroke dementia – a comprehensive review

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