Posts by Sara Ho

Assistant Acquisitions and Development Editor, BioMed Central

Journal of Eating Disorders – the first 365 days





Today marks the first anniversary of the launch of Journal of Eating Disorders. To celebrate this important milestone in the journal’s history, Editors-in-Chief Phillipa Hay and Stephen Touyz have written an anniversary editorial, describing the achievements of the last year, and the future outlook of the journal.

Over the past 365 days, Journal of Eating Disorders has published over 40 articles, including research papers (67%), reviews (20%), book reviews and editorials/letters/commentaries, and these have been well-accessed by the community. We have also invited authors (Janet Treasure & Ulrike Schmidt; Read more

Important Risk Factors for Purging in Young Women

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This is a guest blog post by Eric Stephen and Jennifer Rose, co-authors of the latest research article on adolescent risk factors for purging in young women published in the Journal of Eating Disorders.

Over the past several years, purging behaviors—such as vomiting and laxative misuse—have received increased scientific attention both as symptoms of eating disorders and also as behaviors that are of clinical interest in their own right. In order to prevent the development of these behaviors, it’s important to understand their development over an individual’s lifetime. As Jacobi argues, the etiology of these …

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Multimorbidity and Equity in Health thematic series is launched





Multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of health conditions in individuals and populations, is a phenomenon with high burden and high prevalence in persons and groups of disadvantaged circumstances, such as those of low socioeconomic status, immigrants, and ethnic/cultural minorities.

International Journal for Equity in Health has just launched a new thematic series on Multimorbidity and Equity in Health, which aims to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on multimorbidity (MM) and equity in diverse populations worldwide. It brings together papers on patterns and trends of MM inequity, variations in MM burden by social characteristics, and on the impact of MM inequity on health care resource use and …

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New study about the determinants of health equality


European countries have for a long time emphasized health care systems based on equalitarian views, and the debate about health care reform is ongoing in the United States with multiple arguments for and against change. One important motivation discussed has been the income gradient in access to health care. While many have looked to more universal health care systems like those in Europe, it is not clear to what extent such institutional changes would suppress the relationship between income and health.

New research in the International Journal for Equity in Health from Dr Tinna Laufey Asgeirsdottir and Dr Dagny Osk Ragnarsdottir at the University of Iceland indicates that income-related health inequality is present in all 26 European …

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Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine launches today at BioMed Central


Today marks the launch of Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the first Korean society journal to be published by BioMed Central. It is the official journal of the Korean Society of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (KSOEM) and is the successor of Korean Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AOEM), edited by Professor Sang Baek Ko and supported by an expert editorial board,  is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that considers original contributions related to the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

“It is …

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New ways of thinking about anorexia nervosa


Guest blog post by Janet Treasure, PhD FRCP FRCPsych and Ulrike Schmidt, Dr Med PhD FRCPsych, authors of the latest review on the cognitive-interpersonal model of anorexia nervosa published in the Journal of Eating Disorders.

Anorexia nervosa (AN) has a lifetime prevalence of 1% in females with a 10-20% lifetime fatality rate. Although early family intervention can prevent AN from becoming entrenched a subgroup have a persistent illness or develop the illness later when the family intervention is less effective. Thus in adults with AN (i.e. those with a more chronic illness) outcomes are poor and treatment drop-out is high. The evidence-base for psychological treatment of adults with AN is extremely limited …

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Journal of Eating Disorders launches today at BioMed Central




Today marks a new era of open access publishing in eating disorders. Eating disorders affect millions of people of all ages in the world, and are associated with multiple health conditions such as obesity, which is predicted to affect at least 50% of adults by 2050.

Despite the wealth of research and knowledge within the field of eating disorders, many gaps still exist. Further research needs to be undertaken to refine existing treatments to make them more effective, and to develop and adapt existing treatment protocols which may not work for all patients.

Journal of Eating Disorders (JoED), edited by Professors Phillipa …

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