To mark World Prematurity Day on Sunday 17th November, the BioMed Central journal Reproductive Health published a special supplement entitled Born Too Soon.
We held a Tweetchat to give everyone including parents, researchers and charities, such as Save the Children and Newborn Healthy Network, a chance to discuss some of the key issues raised in the supplement.
On Monday 11th, we published the questions we wanted to discuss, an infographic showing key facts and figures about premature births around the world and then published the Born To Soon supplement in Reproductive Health on Friday 15th November.
You can read the Storify of the tweetchat below:
Genome Biology was sad to learn of Frederick Sanger’s death on Tuesday, November 19th. Although Sanger retired from scientific research 30 years ago, long before the journal Genome Biology ever started, it is safe to say that without his work we wouldn’t even be here.
The journal was launched in 2001, the same year that the completion of sequencing of the human genome was reported. The sequencing was done entirely using the method Sanger had devised for determining genetic sequences. Although his was not the first technique for reading DNA sequence, it was the first really practical one and, like many methods that revolutionize fields, it was an elegant and conceptually simple idea. Sanger had, in …
Infectious Diseases of Poverty was launched on 25th October 2012 at the 2nd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research held in Beijing. The journal aims to publish interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that specifically addresses essential public health questions relating to infectious diseases of poverty. These include various aspects of the biology of pathogens and vectors, diagnosis and detection, treatment and case management, epidemiology and modeling, zoonotic hosts and animal reservoirs, control strategies and implementation, new technologies and application.
To date, the journal has published four thematic series: one covering the historical development of medical parasitology in China, a second covering surveillance and response to infectious diseases of poverty, a third covering co-infection and syndemics, …
It’s not often that I can claim to get excited about technology, but it’s hard not to after attending the Health 2.0 europe conference held this week in London (Nov 18th-19th). While it’s not exactly news that apps for healthcare are being developed for use by the public, what the presenters at Health 2.0 were able to showcase was how these can potentially go on to improve healthcare. The key word here is ‘potentially’.
Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are on the rise – globally, and according to the WHO the leading NCD risk factor for mortality is elevated blood pressure (16.5% of global deaths) followed by tobacco use (9%), raised blood glucose (6%), physical inactivity (6%) …
The 2013 annual scientific meeting of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology was held last month in Toronto, bringing together both Canadian and international experts from the allergy community. Covering both basic and clinical research, the conference was an important event for sharing knowledge amongst the specialists and researchers in attendance.
In addition to the traditional CSACI awards for best abstracts, this year’s conference was supported by AllerGen, who also ran their own poster competition for young researchers. AllerGen is the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network, one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, and aims to promote collaboration between researchers, healthcare providers, industry, patient advocates and policy makers to improve the …
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys invented the technique of DNA fingerprinting in 1984, a technique that changed forensic science forever. To mark his retirement in 2012 from the University of Leicester, Investigative Genetics has published a series of articles today that discuss DNA fingerprinting, the impact it’s had in divergent fields, and the man himself.
The series launch articles include an introductory editorial by the Editors-in-Chief Manfred Kayser, Antti Sajantila and Bruce Budowle; an personal opinion piece by Mark Jobling on the DNA fingerprinting story; and two reviews outlining the past, present and future of DNA fingerprinting in
forensics (by Lutz Roewer) and in anthropological genetics (by Michael Crawford …
There is conflicting evidence on whether high adiposity (shown physically as being overweight or obese) causes Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In a new debate published in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy today, Deborah Gustafson (State University of New York, USA) and José Luchsinger (Columbia University, USA) review the evidence for and against this controversial association.
Some of the most convincing evidence for an association is from studies of mid-life risk factors. Some epidemiologic studies show that a high BMI, or central obesity, in mid-life is a risk factor for dementia, with an association measured at least a decade prior to a clinical dementia diagnosis. Biological evidence also supports high adiposity as an independent risk factor for …
Today is European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), a day to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic overuse. This is an initiative founded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) who aim to strengthen Europe’s defences against infectious diseases. Antibiotic resistance is a global issue, with the ECDC reporting that resistance rates have more than doubled in the last five years. The issue is also causing a huge financial burden on healthcare systems worldwide, and there is now an urgent need for new effective antibiotics.
The ECDC produce a comprehensive weekly report, documenting disease threats throughout Europe. This is an essential tool for epidemiologists and health professionals to assess …
It’s always pleasant to find examples of when open access allows researchers to more readily find articles. Sometimes they don’t like what they find.
This week, we were surprised to come across a publication mentioning BioMed Central’s role in recent changes to the way in which new species are recognised. Much has been written about recent updates to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) allowing electronic publication of the scientific names of animals, and for a bit of background we can do no better than direct you towards an interview with Frank Krell, Commissioner of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature and Chair of the ICZN ZooBank Committee, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology.
These efforts to move the …
The BMC Biology iconic image (left)  was devised as a representation of the breadth of content of the journal, but its phylogenetic tree enclosed in a lipid bilayer cannot do full justice to the real variety of research papers that we publish. So to celebrate the anniversary of the launch of BMC Biology – in November 2003 – we have built on our iconic image with a pictorial representation of the content over the years (below), and here is a guided tour clockwise from the top.
At the top of the image, Jim Brandle and colleagues  look in plant leaves at the localization of elastin-like polypeptide (here, expressed with a green fluorescent …