The Lyn Clearihan Award for the Best Paper has recently been
awarded to the authors of the following article in Asia Pacific Family
chronic illness in Australian general practice – focus groups of chronic
disease self-help groups over 10 years: implications for chronic care systems
reforms Carmel M Martin,
Chris Peterson, Rowena Robinson and Joachim P Sturmberg
The award, which
aims to raise the standard of primary care research, was presented at the recent WONCA Asia Pacific regional conference in
June. Research articles published in Asia
Pacific Family Medicine were considered for the award with the winner being
decided by a panel of experts made up of Prof Bee-Horng Lue, Prof John Campbell Murdoch of and …
Evidence of publication bias favouring positive results, both in which studies are reported in journals and in how they are treated by peer reviewers, has emerged at the 6th Peer Review Congress in Vancouver.
Seth Leopold described how in his group’s study 2 variations of a fabricated, CONSORT-conforming randomized controlled trial (RCT) were sent to 209 peer reviewers for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Peer reviewers were randomized to receive each version of the paper, which were identical apart from the direction of the finding – one reported a positive result whereas the other “no difference”.
Testing for the Presence of Positive-Outcome Bias in Peer Review: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Gwendolyn B. Emerson, Richard A. …
When will the next wave of influenza A (H1N1) or “swine flu” infections occur, how quickly will they spread, and are there dangers of new emerging human strains?
These are some of the questions addressed in two recent papers published by BMC Medicine, both of which use mathematical modeling to make predictions about the spread of this virus if effective management strategies are not employed.
In the first article entitled ‘Seasonal transmission potential and activity peaks of the new influenza A (H1N1): a Monte Carlo likelihood analysis based on human mobility’, Duygu Balcan and colleagues from the United States, France and Italy use simulations to predict the possibility that the next peak of infection in the Northern Hemisphere could …
for Biofuels has published a thematic
series in recognition of the life and work of Mary Mandels.
Dr Mandels, who passed away in February 2008, spearheaded
the US Army’s national bioconversion studies for four decades, and was an early
proponent of efforts to convert biomass to useful products such as sugars and bio-ethanol
for eventual use in fuel and chemical production.
With the renewed advent and funding of biomass to biofuels
initiatives, Dr Mandels’ work with cellulase enzymes and the microbes that
produce them remains relevant to current research.
The series features an Editorial and Obituary
from friends and colleagues who worked in the field that Dr Mandels was instrumental
Lithium is the most effective prophylactic and therapeutic agent for bipolar disorder, yet we have much still to learn about its mechanisms, report Christina Cruceanau and colleagues in “Lithium: a key to the genetics of bipolar disorder”, a Review article recently published in Genome Medicine.
Bipolar disorder is extremely heterogeneous in terms of susceptibility, symptoms and response to treatment. Genome-wide association studies have revealed many potential susceptibility genes, but their significance is clouded by this extreme phenotypic diversity. It has recently been realized that patients who respond well to the age-old remedy of lithium salts form a useful subgroup for large-scale analysis, sharing a similar disease phenotype with higher heritability of the condition than in the bipolar-affected population as …
abstracting database published by the American Psychological Association, has
recently extended its coverage of BioMed Central journals to include BMC
Neurology and International Journal
of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity.
Both journals are also included in a wide range of other
indexing services including Thomson Reuters; BMC Neurology with a
current impact factor of 2.78 and International
Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity due to receive
its first impact factor next year.
A full list of all our journals which are indexed by
PsycINFO as well as other services is available from our website.
Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome, the official journal of the Brazilian Diabetes Society (SBD), has launched with BioMed Central as the eighth addition to the Independent Journals Portfolio this year.
Through reporting on basic research and clinical studies exploring any area of research into diabetes and metabolic syndrome, the journal hopes to provide a means of increasing knowledge and stimulating research in the field. The journal aims to benefit health care providers by acting as a point of reference for improvement in the management of people afflicted by these conditions.
Passionate about the need for this publication, Editors-in-Chief, Daniel Giannella-Neto and Marilia de Brito Gomes, reflect in their launch editorial on how they hope …
Genomic data continue to accumulate at an ever-increasing rate, and the question of how best to exploit this for human disease research and therapy is critical. Nicki Tiffin and colleagues discuss computational methods for efficient identification of disease-gene associations in “Linking genes to disease: it’s all in the data”, a Review article recently published in Genome Medicine.
Genome-wide association studies, public genome databases and the dissemination of data on gene expression, variation and regulation have led to the identification of staggering numbers of candidate genes for many complex diseases. Tiffin and colleagues consider computational approaches which can bring together these sources of data and streamline subsequent translational research.
Many bioinformatic methods for assessing candidate genes, including examination of the properties …
Genetics, a new open access journal concerned with the development and
application of molecular genetics within a wide range of science disciplines
with societal relevance, is ready to accept submissions. Topics
of interest include forensic issues and legal medicine, evolutionary,
anthropological and historical studies, as well as epidemiology and biosafety.
This soon to be launched BioMed Central journal is overseen
by co-Editors-in-Chief Bruce Budowle (University of North Texas Health Science
Center, USA), Manfred Kayser (Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam,
Netherlands) and Antti Sajantila (University of Helsinki, Finland) who are
supported by an expert Editorial
For more information on Investigative Genetics please
visit the journal website
or contact the Editorial
Office. Why not register …
The BMC-series dominated the news in the past month. Research ranging from walking bats to the age-prioritized use of antivirals during an influenza pandemic proved to be popular stories in the international media.
A BMC Infectious Diseases article in which researchers warned that antiviral drugs ‘should not be wasted on the elderly’ was featured in Pulse. In other medical news, Nursing Times covered a BMC Medicine article which showed that blood transfusions are often associated with infection in heart bypass patients. Meanwhile research in BMC Neurology demonstrating that the misdiagnosis of disorders of consciousness still is commonplace appeared in New Scientist and The Economist.
Last week a study published in BMC Biology which found that …