Posts tagged: London 2012

The Global Hunger Event, the Olympics and two recent additions to the BioMed Central journal portfolio


Over the last few weeks the world’s eyes have been on London. Athletes from around the globe have been striving to achieve their ultimate potential in the sporting events they’ve trained to their limits for.

Among the research published in Extreme Physiology & Medicine, a new open access journal launching in September, will be articles that address the physiological and medical implications of exposure to intense or endurance exercise. This research has the potential to maximise the chances of future Olympic athletes to ‘Go for Gold’.

For some children, this chance is denied them before they even reach the age of two. Nutritional insecurity leads to stunted growth and affects physical ability. The …

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To test or not to test



With the London 2012 Olympics opening on 27 July, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOGOC), has built a specially designed laboratory operating around the clock, 7 days a week, testing approximately 6,250 samples and up to 400 samples of participating athletes a day during the Olympics. According to LOGOC, this is more testing than at any other Games.

The question then poses itself – is this testing of any use?

If you are interested in sports or the Olympics and have a view on anti-doping, we welcome you to read this article and discover the interesting perspectives of authors Bengt Kayser and Barbara Broers.

This controversial manuscript highlights the history of anti-doping practices and …

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