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woensdag 31 januari 2018

The Lancet: [Department of Error] Department of Error

[Department of Error] Department of Error
Iuliano AD, Roguski KM, Chang HH, et al. Estimates of global seasonal influenza-associated respiratory mortality: a modelling study. Lancet 2017; published online Dec 13. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)33293-2—In the Research in Context panel of this Article (published Online First on Dec 13, 2017), the first sentence of the Evidence before this study section should read "Previous estimates commonly attributed to WHO indicate that 250 000–500 000 deaths occur annually worldwide due to seasonal influenza viruses." The last sentence of the second paragraph in the Methods section should read "Of the 15 remaining countries contacted, eight did not respond to collaboration requests, five were unable to share data by September, 2017, and two had insufficient quality vital records data." These corrections have been made to the online version as of Jan 19, 2018, and will be made to the printed Article.
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[Comment] Amid US funding cuts, UNRWA appeals for health and dignity of Palestinian refugees
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) faces a major challenge in upholding its mandate and preserving key services such as education and health care for Palestinian refugees. On Jan 16, 2018, the US Government announced a contribution of US$60 million for 2018 so far,1,2 in support of UNRWA's efforts to keep our schools open, health clinics running, and emergency food and cash distribution systems functioning. Although important, this funding is dramatically below past levels.
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[Comment] Cannabidiol for drop seizures in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a rare epilepsy with childhood onset and is characterised by multiple seizure types, typically tonic, atonic, and atypical absences in which non-convulsive status epilepticus (atypical absence, tonic, myoclonic, or mixed) is common. Generally, the electroencephalogram shows generalised slow spike-and-wave discharges in wakefulness and sleep and paroxysmal fast rhythms in sleep. Learning and behavioural difficulties are common. Causes include structural or acquired brain lesions, metabolic disease, and genetic abnormalities.
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[Articles] Cannabidiol in patients with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (GWPCARE4): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial
Add-on cannabidiol is efficacious for the treatment of patients with drop seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and is generally well tolerated. The long-term efficacy and safety of cannabidiol is currently being assessed in the open-label extension of this trial.
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[Articles] Global surveillance of trends in cancer survival 2000–14 (CONCORD-3): analysis of individual records for 37 513 025 patients diagnosed with one of 18 cancers from 322 population-based registries in 71 countries
The CONCORD programme enables timely comparisons of the overall effectiveness of health systems in providing care for 18 cancers that collectively represent 75% of all cancers diagnosed worldwide every year. It contributes to the evidence base for global policy on cancer control. Since 2017, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has used findings from the CONCORD programme as the official benchmark of cancer survival, among their indicators of the quality of health care in 48 countries worldwide.
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