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Including adolescents of childbearing potential in clinical trials with possible exposure to teratogenic medication: a challenge for paediatricians and researchers
This article reviews how to address practical and ethical questions regarding minor adolescents of childbearing potential enrolled in a clinical trial that may involve teratogenic medication and offers a series of concrete advice and tools for dealing with problematic situations.
Current prevalence of self-reported interpersonal violence among adult patients seen at a university hospital emergency department in Switzerland
The emergency department is the usual place of care for victims of violence. Nonetheless, the prevalence of violence remains underestimated in the emergency department, especially as patients do not spontaneously mention that they are victims. Often this is considered shameful, even taboo.
Suicide by firearm in Switzerland: who uses the army weapon? Results from the national survey between 2000 and 2010
Suicide prevention by restriction of means is particularly promising in the case firearms. Numerous studies have shown that the occurrence of households with firearms correlates with the frequency of suicides by this method.
The great strength of video technology lies in providing information about medical knowledge and practice. For the benefit of the patient, new technical achievements should be implemented in concepts of continuing medical education.
Recommendations for genetic testing and counselling after sudden cardiac death: practical aspects for Swiss practice
Genetic testing can reveal substrates for cardiomyopathies and channelopathies, as well as aortic diseases and premature atherosclerosis, which may explain some sudden cardiac deaths.
Computed tomography imaging for the characterisation of drugs with radiation density measurements and HU spectroscopy
In patients undergoing an abdominal CT scan, a density assessment of pills incidentally found within the gastrointestinal tract might provide additional information on therapy compliance, and might even be life-saving.
The study by Heymann-Maier et al.recently published in Swiss Medical Weekly emphasises that clinicians need to become more familiar with the medico-legal issues of body packing, especially in consideration of the great impact that their actions or non-actions may have on the drug smuggling, directly or indirectly.