Monthly Archives: May 2017
Despite smoking and drinking among very young people declining in recent years, there is still a lot of public health concern around the numbers of older children who are consuming alcohol and cigarettes. So what factors might prevent a young person from smoking and drinking in the first place? New research published in BMC Public Health shows that levels of happiness among children and awareness of the risks may be key to success.
Can parents help their kids get sufficient sleep? When and how they provide support makes all the difference.
Sleep is increasingly being recognized as an important determinant of health, and an integral component of healthy living for children. Here, author Evelyn Pyper discusses findings of a new study published in BMC Public Health looking at the effect of different types of parental support on child sleep.
A song made from DNA is unlikely to top the charts but converting DNA sequences into musical notes could lead to identifying mutations that would be otherwise missed. A recently published article in BMC Bioinformatics looks at six different algorithms that can convert DNA into musical notes and highlights the ability of sonification to discover specific DNA properties
A recently published research article in BMC Cell Biology identifies key mechanisms underlying mitochondrial shaping. For such molecular processes, a key contributor is the enzyme – ATP synthase. While analysing the fruit fly Drosophila, we are presented with the first piece of evidence directly linking ATP synthase subunits with mitochondrial shaping in tissue.
In early May 2017, BMC Psychology attended the British Psychological Society annual conference, in Brighton, UK. The congress provided a platform for talks and sessions covering a wide range of topics in psychology with the three themes for the 2017 conference centering on Wellbeing, Looking Forward and Social Justice. Here we look back at some of the highlights of #bpsconf
There are less than 2 weeks to submit your entries to the 5th annual BMC Ecology Image Competition! We’ve already received many terrific images from around the world, so be sure to send in your entries by Wednesday 31st May to be in with a chance of winning. We are also delighted to announce the… Read more »
With smart phones constantly at our finger tips, apps that promote and support health related behavioral changes, such as reducing alcohol intake, are a popular way for people to work towards a healthier lifestyle. But are these apps actually effective? This blog reports findings from a study, published today in BMC Public Health, of the Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units app which is specifically designed to help people wanting to monitor and cut down on their drinking.
In many spider species, males provide gifts to females to encourage them to mate. Usually these gifts are food, providing an obvious nutritional benefit to females. However in the South American spider Paratrechalea ornata, male gifts are mostly worthless, with no nutritional value. In this guest blog Maria Albo discusses her new research, published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology, investigating how mating behaviour is affected when males come bearing false gifts.