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Manuscripts reporting data obtained from research conducted in human subjects must include assurance that informed consent was obtained from each patient. In addition, the manuscript must include assurance that the study protocol conformed that the ethical guidelines of the Declaration of Helsinki (2013) as reflected in approval by the institution's human research review committee. A statement to this effect must be provided within the Methods section.
Manuscripts reporting data obtained from research using animals must include a statement of assurance that all animals received humane care. Study protocols must be in compliance with the institution's guidelines or the National Research Council's criteria for humane care as outlined in "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" prepared by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources and published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH Publication No. 86-23, Revised 1985). A statement to this effect must be provided within the Methods section.