Must-Read Articles From 2015

Evaluating the Impact of Immigration Policies on Health Status Among Undocumented Immigrants: A Systematic Review

"Critical insights into the relationship between immigration policy and health. Particularly important given the worldwide refugee situation."

Reviewing the topic of migration and health as a new national health target for Germany

"Time for action for a current public health challenge: Defining migration and health as a health target. A must-read documentation of a science-based process of defining migration and health as a potential new health target for Germany. By incorporating up-to-date health-related data as well as a clear policy perspective, this paper can act as a guide for setting migration as a health target not only at a national but also at a European level."

How recent health-related life events affected my perspective on quality-of-life research

"A personal narrative on how life events changed this prominent researcher's conceptualization of next steps in the field. It is moving and important."

‘The End of Sitting’: An Empirical Study on Working in an Office of the Future

"How we all might work in the future: no more desks; no more sitting."

Am I ready to return to work? Assisting cancer survivors to determine work readiness

"This paper provides clinicians, researchers and cancer survivors with information from major stakeholders confronting when to return cancer survivors back to work. Given that many cancer survivors need to or wish to work following cancer treatment this information and the very specific suggestions for evaluating work readiness in this group of patients was the reason I chose this specific paper."

Clinicopathologic and Immunophenotypic Characterization of 25 Cases of Acinic Cell Carcinoma with High-Grade Transformation

"Rare and orphan tumors deserve study as they usually significantly impact affected patients. (Note from Dr. Thompson: My patient saw 74 different doctors, had 9 surgeries, 5 different rounds of chemotherapy, 3 cycles of radiation and still succumbed to her tumor. Before she died, she asked if I would please publish her case and try to use the results to help others perhaps have better treatment or management as they struggled with such a rare disease.)"

Mutant Allele Tumor Heterogeneity (MATH) and Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

"Oral cancer 5-year survival rates are 60%. This study is promising as it can assess intra-tumor heterogeneity contributing to treatment failures."

The Impact of a Temporary Recurrent Street Closure on Physical Activity in New York City

"Must read for urban government and residents on the benefits of having temporary recurrent street closure."

On Patient Safety: “Is There a Gun in the Home?”

"After Federal Court rules against it, spine surgeon gives opinion on asking patients about gun ownership."

Catalyzing a Reproductive Health and Social Justice Movement

"A charge forward in MCH, leveraging major, recent conceptual advances in the field with a call to reignite an agenda of social justice for women."

Identifying sociomedical risk factors during pregnancy: recommendations from international evidence-based guidelines

"Sociomedical risks are common problems during pregnancy and can have serious health consequences for both mother and child. They are frequently underestimated within prenatal care programmes. The aim of this article is to systematically summarise risk assessment and screening recommendations for mental health problems, depression, substance misuse and intimate partner violence during pregnancy using evidence-based guidelines."

Imagining Global Health with Justice: In Defense of the Right to Health

"A philosophical and practical response to one of the great global challenges: a call to action, combining the academic and the activist."

HIV Prevention in Resource Limited Settings: A Case Study of Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation

"Identifies and addresses the practical, systemic, administrative, resourcing and cultural challenges of implementing life-saving HIV prevention intervention in a low-resource African context."

HIV/STI Prevalence Study Among Military Conscripts in Estonia

"This study of 584 military conscripts in Estonia found that the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infections was either equal or less than those in the general population. This is an important finding as many previous studies found that the rates were higher among military recruits who in general are considered more inclined to risk taking. These rates also reflect a variety of variables present in a young conscripted population and robust prevention efforts."

Managing target-specific oral anticoagulant associated bleeding including an update on pharmacological reversal agents

"The article was chosen for the benefit of the lay and medical communities who fear that a means to reverse the anticoagulant effects of new oral anticoagulants is neither a consideration nor a priority in drug development. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth as clinicians, scientists, pharma, advocacy groups and regulatory bodies across the globe are collaborating to develop safe, effective and affordable reversal agents."

Progress and perspectives of neural tissue engineering

"Based on a major challenge not yet addressed by current therapeutic interventions for these diseases, a novel promising field of neural tissue engineering has emerged, grown, and attracted increasing interest. This review provides a brief summary of the recent progress in the field, especially in combination with the research experience of the author’s group. Several important aspects related to tissue engineered nerves, including the theory on their construction, translation into the clinic, improvements in fabrication technologies, and the formation of a regenerative environment, are delineated and discussed. Furthermore, potential research directions for the future development of neural tissue engineering are suggested."

Interval estimation for the Gini index of shifted exponential distribution under Type-II double censoring

"Must-read method for social scientists on the way to better measure income inequalities."