Christmas is coming…
15 images from 15 years of the BMC series24th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 24 , 2015
BMC Series celebrated its 15th birthday in 2015 and to mark this fantastic milestone, we looked back on 15 memorable images from papers published in the BMC Series journals.
For the final post of this advent calendar, we highlight our most…Read more
What can chimpanzee tracking tell you about climate change?23rd December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 23 , 2015
New research finds that the most endangered chimpanzees may experience drastic habitat loss within five years due to climate change.
If environmental variation and differences in habitat have shaped chimpanzee populations over time, then how…Read more
The fascinating plants of BMC Plant Biology22nd December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 22 , 2015
Fascination of Plants Day 2015 and another very popular blog for BMC Series. We looked at some of the fascinating examples of the plant world from our journal BMC Plant Biology.
They tolerate metal. They can armor themselves. They go…Read more
The oldest and the scariest sea scorpion: a giant discovery21st December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 21 , 2015
Eurypterids, or ‘sea-scorpions’ are an extinct group of chelicerates: the group containing the terrestrial arachnids (such as spiders and scorpions). BMC Evolutionary Biology described a new eurypterid and guest blogger and expert in the…Read more
Cat got your tongue? Not according to new research20th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 20 , 2015
Research published in BMC Neuroscience represented the first glimpse into how cats perceive bitterness in food at a molecular level, and could explain why they are sometimes such fussy eaters.
The ability to detect bitter chemicals is…Read more
Seafaring spiders set sail for distant shores19th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 19 , 2015
Surprising new findings, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, show that spiders can glide across water like ships, using their own legs as sails and their silk as an anchor.
For the arachnophobes among us, a flying spider might sound like…Read more
The science of rowing: improving performance naturally18th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 18 , 2015
This year, BMC Sport Science, Medicine & Rehabilitation published its first supplement, presenting abstracts from the Sport Science and Medicine Conference for Rowing. First published on British Rowing’s website, Annamarie Phelps, Chairman…Read more
Solving the obesity crisis: knowledge, nudge or nanny?17th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 17 , 2015
In this guest blog Dr Helen Walls, Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, covers key themes from The 5th Annual Oxford London Lecture (17 March 2015), delivered by Professor Susan Jebb from Oxford University….Read more
Stillbirth: the elephant in the room16th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 16 , 2015
The death of a baby in the late stages of pregnancy (20-24 weeks or later) is devastating for parents, and the cause often remains largely elusive. A supplement published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth on both the causes and psychological…Read more
Celebrating 150 years of Mendelian Genetics15th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 15 , 2015
On March 8, 1865, Gregor Mendel presented his findings “Experiments in Plant Hybridization” at the Natural History Society of Brno. His experiments in pea plants allowed him to elucidate the laws of genetic inheritance, which pre-dated the…Read more
TV in the time of an epidemic: understanding individual social distancing behaviour14th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 14 , 2015
Quantifying the benefit of social distancing in a disease epidemic can be difficult, due to the unpredictable nature of individual behavioural responses. However, research at the University of California has demonstrated an innovative…Read more
Diet and Mental Health: Does food affect your mood?13th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 13 , 2015
The benefits of a healthy balanced diet on physical health are well established. But does diet affect your mental health? In the past ten years research on the effect of diet and nutrition on mental health has skyrocketed, with mounting…Read more
Get up, stand up – the risks of sedentary behavior12th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 12 , 2015
A systematic review published in BMC Public Health suggests anxiety is linked sedentary behavior. This adds to a growing body of evidence which says we should all be spending more time on our feet.
In today’s society, particularly in…Read more
Up in smoke: the truth about shisha pipe smoking11th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 11 , 2015
A study published in BMC Public Health found that smoke from shisha contains heavier metals than previously thought. In this guest blog, Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at British Heart Foundation told us that there is no safe way…Read more
Veterinary neurology experts collaborate to publish consensus statements in pets with epilepsy10th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 10 , 2015
A group of international veterinarians and scientists joined forces to form the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force (IVETF), with the goal to improve research in canine and feline epilepsy. In this blog we discovered why the IVETF…Read more
Does alcohol consumption predict future health among older adults?9th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 9 , 2015
Research published in BMC Public Health investigated the association between alcohol consumption and self-rated health. Co-author of the work, Martin Frisher, explained more, reporting that older people who drink substantially more than the…Read more
Understanding the male sex industry8th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 8 , 2015
The male sex industry has become an increasingly visible part of society, assisted by factors such as globalisation and technology. With few resources and little support readily available for male sex workers, this population may be at higher…Read more
A history of Aloe vera: from the Arabian desert to hand cream7th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 7 , 2015
Aloe vera has been widely used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Yet why this species, rather than one of its 500 relatives, came to have such a dominant position in these markets is unclear.
Research published in…Read more
The mortality risks of cigar smoking6th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 6 , 2015
The harms of cigarette smoking are well-reported, but those of cigar smoking are discussed less often. Here Cindy M. Chang of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told us more about her systematic review on cigar smoking and…Read more
Beautiful science: winners of the BMC Ecology image competition 20155th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 5 , 2015
BMC Ecology launched its third image competition during 2015. The science of ecology helps us make sense of the natural world and our place in it. Ecologists see the world with a unique perspective, and our Image Competition allows them to…Read more
Limbless triumph: The origin and diversification of snakes4th December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 4 , 2015
The original snake ancestor was a nocturnal, stealth-hunting predator that had tiny hindlimbs with ankles and toes, according to research published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. Authors tell us more in this blog.Read more
The impact factor’s ill effects on health systems work3rd December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 3 , 2015
Does the impact factor have undue influence? Prof Jeffrey V. Lazarus explored the negative effects of the impact factor on health systems research, both now and in the future.
On perusing PubMed, I was struck by…Read more
E-cigarettes and teens: how concerned should we be?2nd December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 2 , 2015
Following the publication of a study in BMC Public Health on the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers, Dr Wilson M. Compton of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, tells us more about the risks e-cigarettes pose to the next…Read more
What does a giraffe sound like?1st December 2015 Announcement Date : Dec 1 , 2015
Whether giraffes can communicate vocally is a controversial topic. Research published in BMC Research Notes, finds the best evidence yet that they do – by humming. Undoubtedly, giraffes are far less vocal than many other related…Read more