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Spanish translations of all abstracts introduced

We are delighted to announce from the first issue of 2014 (Special Issue on Emergency Surgery, 101:1) Spanish translations of all abstracts are included in a translation section at the end of each issue.  We acknowledge the excellent translation work of Manuel Pera, Marta Pulido, Luis Grande, Sebastiano Biondo, Joana Ferrer and Miguel Pera.

The September 2014 issue of BJS is now available online

Click here to read the latest issue of BJS, which includes a leading article on digital pathology services in acute surgical situations, consensus guidelines for enhanced recovery after gastrectomy, and an article on the feasibility of reirradiation in the treatment of locally recurrent rectal cancer (this article is free to access).

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Volume 101 Issue 10 (September 2014) is now available online

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- Remember we now publish Spanish translations of all abstracts; they can be found in the translation section at the end of each issue. 
- If you subscribe to BJS you can access content on the BJS app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (instructions for syncing are available here).

Editor's comments:

Cardiovascular risk in patients with small and medium abdominal aortic aneurysms, and no history of cardiovascular disease. S. Sohrabi, S. Wheatcroft, J. H. Barth, M. A. Bailey, A. Johnson, K. Bridge, K. Griffin, P. D. Baxter and D. J. A. Scott.

This study shows that everyone with an AAA is at risk of cardiovascular disease, even those with no clinical history. So, no matter how fit they are, no-one with an AAA shoul be spared secondary prevention.  All people with an AAA should all have the best medical therapy, at least with antiplatelet and statin medication.  It raises the question of whether anything more should be offered to people who are in AAA surveillance programmes, such as regular medical review or fitness training.

J. J. Earnshaw
Joint Chief Editor

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Highlights of the September 2014 issue are listed below. 

- Digital pathology services in acute surgical situations. D. A. H. Neil and A. J. Demetris.

- Consensus guidelines for enhanced recovery after gastrectomy. K. Mortensen, M. Nilsson, K. Slim, M Schäfer, C. Mariette, M. Braga, F. Carli, N. Demartines, S. M. Griffin, K. Lassen and the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Group.

- Outcomes in locally advanced rectal cancer with highly selective preoperative chemoradiotherapy.  J. S. Williamson, H. G. Jones, M. Davies, M. D. Evans, O. Hatcher, J. Beynon, D. A. Harris and the Swansea Colorectal Cancer Group.

- Feasibility of reirradiation in the treatment of locally recurrent rectal cancer. S. J. Bosman, F. A. Holman, G. A. P. Nieuwenhuijzen, H. Martijn, G.-J. Creemers and H. J. T. Rutten. This article is free to access.

- Serial transverse enteroplasty to facilitate enteral autonomy in selected children with short bowel syndrome. T. Wester, H. Borg, H. Naji, P Stenström, G. Westbacke and H. E. Lilja. This article is free to access.

- Patient-reported genitourinary dysfunction after laparoscopic and open rectal cancer surgery in a randomized trial. J. Andersson, G. Abis, M. Gellerstedt, A. Angenete, U. Angerås, M. A. Cuesta, P. Jess, J. Rosenberg, H. J. Bonjer and E. Haglund. This article is free to access.

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