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In a prospective study conducted on 104,980 participants aged at least 18 years from the French NutriNet-Santé cohort (2009-2017), a significant increase in overall and breast cancer was associated with an increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet. Source:
The 14th EASE Conference will be held in Bucharest, Romania, 8th-10th June, 2018, in partnership with the University of Bucharest. The theme for the event will be ‘Balancing Innovation and Tradition in Science Editing‘. For details please visit EASE website.
In a multicenter, community-based 30-year prospective cohort study in US, 1238 women from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study of young black and white women ages 18 to 30 years without diabetes at baseline were screened for diabetes up to 7 times during 30 years after baseline (1986-2016). The study indicated a strong, graded inverse association of lactation duration with diabetes incidence. Source:
American Society of Breast Surgeons 1. Don’t routinely excise areas of psuedoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia (PASH) of the breast in patients who are not having symptoms from it. 2. Don’t routinely surgically excise biopsy proven broadenomas that are smaller than 2 centimeters in size. 3. Don’t routinely operate for a breast abscess without an initial attempt to percutaneously aspirate or drain it. 4. Don’t perform screening mammography in asymptomatic patients with normal exams who have less than 5-year life expectancy. 5. Don’t routinely drain non-painful fluid-filled breast cysts.   Source:
The association between using social media and sleep duration was examined among 5242 Canadian students aged 11-20. Overall, 63.6% of the individuals slept less than recommended, with 73.4% of students reporting that they used social media for at least one hour per day. The authors reported that greater use of social media was associated with shorter sleep duration in a dose–response fashion among the students. Source:
Based on data from 23 community surveys in 21 countries of the World Mental Health surveys, of more than 51,000 respondents, about 10% had a 12-month DSM-IV anxiety disorder, 27.6% of whom received any treatment, and only 9.8% received possibly adequate treatment. It was reported that lower treatment levels were found for lower income countries. The authors states that low levels of service use and a high proportion of those receiving services not meeting adequacy standards for anxiety disorders exist worldwide. Results reveal the need for improving recognition of anxiety disorders and the quality of treatment.   Source:

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Zafer Koçak, Ahmet Ulugöl
The Balkan Medical Journal has now completed 38 years of publication and is well recognized by the international health community. By doing the right thing, especially applying high ethical standards, the Balkan Medical Journal now adheres to the internationally accepted criteria of modern medical journalism and has taken the well-deserved place in the Balkan region and in the World.
Mehmet Kayaalp
Protecting patient privacy requires various technical tools. It involves regulations for sharing, de-identifying, securely storing, transmitting and handling protected health information (PHI). It involves privacy laws and legal agreements. It requires establishing rules for monitoring privacy leaks, determining actions when they occur, and handling de-identified clinical narrative reports. Deidentification is one such indispensable instrument in this set of privacy tools.
Iskra Rainova, Rumen Harizanov, Iskren Kaftandjiev, et al.
Parasitic diseases are a significant part of the overall pathology registered in Bulgaria. It is essential to constantly improve the efficiency of the public health system in order to deal with autochthonous parasitic diseases.
Panagiotis Andreadis, Katerina Kafantari, Aleka Agapidou, et al.
A 78-year-old male presented to the emergency department due to repeated episodes of syncope over the last 3 days. Physical examination during admission revealed pallour and extensive ecchymosis in his left hemithorax and left thigh. The rest of the clinical and neurological examination revealed no pathological findings.
Bilge Piri Çınar, Handan Akar, Abdullah Taylan
Reversible splenial lesion syndrome is rare but should be considered when lesions are detected in splenium of the corpus callosum in epileptic patients.

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The quality improvement workshop for official journals of Trakya University was held on November 16-17, 2017 at Trakya University. The workshop for editors of eleven journals was conducted in collaboration with the Balkan Medical Journal. The opening speeches were made by Professor Cem Uzun, the president of the workshop and Editor-at-Large of Balkan Medical Journal, and Professor Erhan Tabakoğlu, Rector of Trakya University. Editors of Balkan Medical Journal shared their experiences with other Journal’s editors. Following topics were presented and discussed; How to improve journal quality? (Professor Cem Uzun) Scientific journal management and organization (Professor Zafer Koçak) International scientific publishing standards (Professor Okan Çalıyurt) Relations between Editors and Journal owner (Professor Mustafa İnan) Statistics and good reporting guidelines (Professor Necdet Süt) Publication ethics (Professor Cem Uzun)
At the end of the last year, we, editorial team, decided to redesign our website to better serve our readers, reviewers and authors. After much hard work, we are excited to officially announce the new and improved Balkan Medical Journal website. You can now reach us at We thought that it was important to renew the website to reach a wider audience. So, we wanted to have good, clear, easy-to-follow navigation throughout our website. The new website will remain both open access and free of article processing charges. We hope that the website will respond better to our readers’ needs and interests. Key features of the new website include: Drop down menus to make easier to navigate and improve content layout and design, Pre-submission inquiry to allow author to have quick feedback from Balkan Medical Journal’s Editors regarding the suitability of a manuscript for the journal, Image corner which is created from clinical images published in the latest issues for teaching and training purposes, News section to stay up-to-date on the latest with health news and health science, Articles section which is composed of selected publications from current issue, Email alert feature to keep you up-to-date with content of the journal, We provide you with necessary information about citing in How to Cite, Advanced Search gives you opportunity to find what you seek more easily, Select articles you want and make the site to show them with View Selected Articles, You can share your favorite articles with your colleagues on social media with Share feature. We would like to thank our publisher, Galenos Publishing House, for their tremendous support and effort. For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please contact us via E-mail. Zafer Koçak Editor in Chief, Balkan Medical Journal Department of Radiation Oncology, Trakya University School of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey Çetin Hakan Karadağ Web Editor, Balkan Medical Journal Department of Pharmacology, Trakya University School of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey