Monthly Archives: May 2017
High fat ‘western’ diets have caused considerable rises in the rate of obesity, with corresponding increases in rates of type 2 diabetes. An article published recently in BMC Genomics identifies transcriptional changes in the skeletal muscle following high caloric diet induced hyperglycemia, which persist even after calorie restriction. Here, one of the study’s authors tells us more
BioMed Central attended the 4th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (ICTMC) and the 38th Annual meeting for the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) in Liverpool at the beginning of May. This was the first time that the biannual ICTMC had been combined with the SCT meeting providing a platform for the discussion of topics covering every stage of clinical trial methodology. Here we look back at some of the highlights.
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 properties1
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