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Salivary gland histology in primary Sjögren’s syndrome

By Francesca Barone, et al.: Histology remains the gold standard for diagnosis of primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS) . This review discusses the value of the histological examination of the salivary glands in the classification criteria, and more … [read more...]


Have short-term outcomes after severe neurotrauma improved?

By Chiara S. Haller and Bernhard Walder: The probability of unfavourable short-term outcome after severe neurotrauma continues to be high. Short-term outcome may have improved for younger patients over recent years, but this improvement may be masked … [read more...]

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Medical intelligence


Nature plus nurture: the triggering of multiple sclerosis

Hartmut Wekerle: What is it that triggers multiple sclerosis? Is it a genetic disease caused by a mutant gene (“nature”) or is it caused by an external ­trigger (“nurture”), such as an infectious agent? This article proposes a pathogenesis … [read more ...]

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E-cigarettes: promise or peril?

By Erich W. Russi: E-cigarettes and future nicotine delivery products have the potential to make an important, and even game-changing, contribution to public health by helping heavily nicotine dependent persons to reduce the number of tobacco cigarettes smoked and eventually to stop smoking. >> Read the editorial This is a summary of a paper that […]

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Review articles


Vaccination recommendations for adult patients with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases

By Silja Bühler, et al. – The number of individuals with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIIRDs) treated with immunosuppressive drugs is increasing steadily. The immunosuppressants, as well as the AIIRD itself, increase the risk of … [read more ...]

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Biomedical informatics in Switzerland: need for action

By Christian Lovis and Jürg Blaser – Biomedical informatics is an umbrella scientific field that covers a broad spectrum of disciplines, from bioinformatics to clinical and public health informatics. It is becoming ever more important as eHealth … [read more ...]

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Original articles

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Molecular diagnostics for bacterial infections in bronchoalveolar ­lavage

By Kathleen Jahn, et al.: The differentiation between infectious and non-infectious pulmonary complications is challenging. Rapid, accurate microbiological results may allow appropriate antibiotic therapy, withholding or adapting antibiotics, and … [read more ...]

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Avoidable cancer mortality in five European countries

By Anita Feller, et al.: The study is the first population-based investigation in Switzerland and its neighbouring countries to examine the effectiveness of medical care by intervention level (primary, secondary and tertiary prevention) using … [read more ...]


Salmonella enterica ssp. enterica serovar Bovismorbificans outbreak

By Astrid M. Knoblauch, et al.: In July 2014, an outbreak of Salmonella enterica ssp. enterica serovar Bovismorbificans in Germany and Switzerland was investigated in Switzerland through (i) a telephone questionnaire approach; (ii) pulsed-field gel … [read more ...]

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