Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites of the Plasmodium genus that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. It is a leading cause of childhood morbidity and mortality worldwide, accounting for 7% of deaths in children younger than five years old.
Young children living in stable transmission areas are particularly at risk of malaria, since they have not yet developed protective immunity against the most severe forms of the disease. As clinical outcomes in this group can be poor, there is much interest in understanding what other factors contribute to a poor outcome in order to identify future targets for additional treatments.
Previous data had shown tentative indications that children infected with Plasmodium falciparum malaria …
The Editors of Conflict and Health, in collaboration with the Thematic Working Group on Health Systems on Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCAS), would like to invite authors to submit papers presenting research articles, case studies, methodologies and reviews on health systems in FCAS.
These will form a Conflict and Health special series on health systems in FCAS. The Thematic Working Group is part of Health Systems Global, an international membership organization dedicated to promoting health systems research and organiser of the Global Symposia on Health Systems Research. The Third Global Symposium will be in Cape Town on 30 September – 3 October 2014, with a focus on ‘people centred health systems’. Authors …
This weekend marked the midpoint of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which like all major sporting events has been plagued in the past by accusations of doping. As usual, the organisers have tried to reassure the world that this Games will be the cleanest yet. But why is doping banned at all?
The reasons for why certain substances are prohibited are complex, but can largely be summarized as a combination of trying to ensure both fair competition and athlete safety. Road cycling – one of the worst-affected sports – has a long history of athlete injury as a result of doping, most shockingly the death of Tom Simpson in the Tour de France nearly 50 years ago. Simpson died …
International Breastfeeding Journal (IBJ) is accepting submissions for a special series entitled “Economic Aspects of Breastfeeding”, which aims to:
Provide economic data to inform policy makers about how breastfeeding leads to savings in health costs and other costs;
Produce a series on this topic to raise awareness among the academic and wider community;
Highlight a new and publicly relevant area of research
We are pleased to announce the following individual points, specific to this series:
a) we are extending the submission date to 30 April 2014
b) offering 5 Article Processing Charge (APC) waivers, and
c) announcing the inauguration of the Marcia de Groot Award for Breastfeeding Research – with the 2014 award to be for a contribution published in this IBJ …
Do you feel you’re drowning in the dating scene? Have you suffered a string of failed relationships or flings? Is love a distant dream you are beginning to lose faith in? Well, cheer up, because if you think your life is lacking in romance, you should see how awful the animal kingdom can be. Here we show you how shallow, promiscuous, strange, and utterly dreadful creatures are when it comes to love. There’s the chance to vote for your favourite couples too (more details at bottom):
Strawberry Dart Frog – can’t handle being far apart:
“You’re, like, my perfect guy – you’re only 2 centimetres away from me!”
In a world where everyone is perfect, who would you pick? This is a dilemma …
It’s estimated that around 15 million people suffer from a food allergy in America alone and it is a growing international health problem.
The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is an important part of addressing this problem. It’s an international alliance of 89 regional and national allergy, asthma, and immunology societies, and through collaboration with its members, it provides a wide range of initiatives related to clinical practice and service provision in order to better understand and address the challenges facing allergists/immunologists worldwide.
As well as being the current President of WAO, Dr Lanny Rosenwasser has, until recently also been Editor-in-Chief of WAO Journal, which became open access under his editorship last year. Now though, he’s handed over the …
Tobacco Induced Diseases is inviting submissions for a new thematic series entitled ‘Electronic cigarettes: towards evidence-based regulation’. The series is guest edited by Constantine Vardavas, Harvard School of Public Health, and Maciej Goniewicz, Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Regulating e-cigarettes creates unique challenges. The evaluation of the effect of e-cigarettes on public health require a wide range of evidence, including studies on the composition of a product, studies of human exposure, health effects, the likelihood of addiction and abuse, the perception and understanding of the product by the public, and the effect of marketing of the product. Furthermore, the effects of e-cigarettes not only on users of the product, but also on non-users and on the …
“There is grandeur in this view of life”*. Let’s see it.
After the success of last year’s competition, BMC Ecology once again wants to see—and share—your images of the natural world. The “BMC Ecology Image Competition 2014” is open to everyone affiliated with a research institution, from Undergraduates to Emeritus Professors. Whether your research is based in the field, the lab, or a computer, we want to see how you see the science of ecology.
Entries should depict a specific ecological interaction, and be submitted to one of five categories that reflect the breadth of the field.
To be in with a chance to have your images featured in the journal, across BioMed Central’s social media accounts, and possibly international …
Routine screening of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in men to detect prostate cancer is very controversial. The higher the level of PSA in the blood, the more likely it is that a man has prostate cancer, and the PSA test has been widely used to screen for prostate cancer and monitor treatment response in those diagnosed with the disease. However, elevated PSA levels can also be indicative of prostatitis or a urinary tract infection, so the test can suggest the presence of prostate cancer when no cancer exists.
International consensus committees are divided in their recommendations about PSA testing. The New Zealand Ministry of Health recommends that all men over 50 should check for …
If you had a condition that could be treated with a single operation that carries risks, or with a series of physiotherapy sessions, which has fewer risks but will take longer, which would you choose?
A post last week on our blogs looked at participatory medicine and what the meaning of ‘participation’ in this context is. Clearly, an element of patient participation is their ability to express a choice in the type of treatment they’re offered.
The choice is down to individual preference, personal needs, circumstances and motivation. These perspectives are becoming increasingly recognised by clinical and policy decision makers and should pave the way for improved patient satisfaction, in addition to outcome and cost-effectiveness of medical care.