Sport can be an enjoyable and beneficial activity for everyone, including individuals diagnosed with a serious disease, where it can provide respite from their illness and a way to become more physically active and live more consciously. A new study protocol in BMC Cancer explores the use of community based football in Denmark as a way of promoting physical activity in healthcare. Here, author Julie Midtgaard tells us about the study protocol and the role physical activity plays in our lives.
Monthly Archives: October 2016
A study recently published in BMC Ecology provides evidence that hunting of cougars is often associated with increases – not decreases – in cougar-human conflict. Authors Kristine Teichman, Bogdan Cristescu & Chris Darimont discuss their research and its implications for conservation of large predators.1
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), an annual international campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its origin, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. At the BMC-series, we would like to contribute to this cause through this blog post, raising general public awareness on breast cancer issues, and the challenges associated with the disease that scientists and clinicians are trying to resolve today.
Flatfish are one of evolution’s more bizarre creations. Yet recent research has suggested their apparently unique morphology may have evolved more than once. A new study, recently published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, investigates just how unique flatfish are, and discovers that the most remarkable thing about them may be the speed at which they evolved.
The Azores Islands present a riddle that has puzzled biologists since Darwin: why is their flora so much less diverse than that of other island archipelagos? New research, published this week in BMC Evolutionary Biology, uses the modern tools of molecular biology – and some good old-fashioned taxonomy – to try and unravel the ‘Azores Diversity Enigma’.2
Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. This annual event is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, the theme for this year’s WMHD is Psychological and Mental Health First Aid. Here we discuss how the concepts of psychological and mental health first aid can be used by everyone to support individuals experiencing a crisis.
October is an important month in the commemoration of babies lost in pregnancy and the brief lives of those who died shortly after birth. Both miscarriage and stillbirth are terms that describe pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs. Irrespective of when or how a baby’s death occurs, it is a profound loss. Baby Loss Awareness week takes place on the 9th to 15th October with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day taking place on 15th October.
Drinkers’ “relativity” scale – The mind’s reservoir to cope with life – Killer chimeras – Gene-related throat color in lizards – Ask teeth to know the story – Customer care satisfaction – A clear approach for a complex condition – The ethics of uncertainty
This fall marks 15 years since the launch of BMC Plant Biology, and throughout the years we have collected many wonderful images that accompany the research we publish. To commemorate the milestone, we hope you enjoy these image highlights from every year of BMC Plant Biology.