Monthly Archives: June 2017

Highlights of the BMC-series: May 2017


Activating the mouse inflammasome • Why do violent criminals fight more than other criminal offenders? • Training improves physician comfort with electronic health records • Facing up to marsupial diversity • Use of more antibiotics leads to less growth inhibition • How do wheat plants reduce water loss under drought conditions? • How can parents help their children meet sleep guidelines?

Biology Medicine

Testing the potential for adaptation to climate change


Climate change is a major threat for the Earth’s biodiversity, and the persistence of populations of many species may depend on their ability to respond to changing climatic conditions by means of evolutionary adaptations. In this guest blog, Otto Seppälä discusses his team’s research, published this week in BMC Evolutionary Biology, that examines if and how a freshwater snail could evolutionarily adapt to the negative effects imposed by climate change.


Life-long binge-drinking and high alcohol consumption increase diabetes risk for women

Thinking back to one’s teenage life, the first thing that pops to mind might be drinking games, downing shots, or even spending whole weekends in a boozy haze. Drinking much and often seems to be common in adolescence, without much worry about what such persistently high intake of alcohol might do to one’s health in the long run. An article published recently in BMC Public Health shows that heavy alcohol consumption and binge-drinking behavior in one’s youth can potentially be detrimental for the development of type-2 diabetes in later life – especially if the heavy drinkers are women.


Results-free review: impressions from the first published article


The accumulation of evidence from methodologically sound research reported openly and transparently is the pillar of scientific progress. However, there is a bias towards publishing positive results, distorting the evidence base and undermining the reproducibility of research. Results-free review offers a solution to this problem, focusing editorial decisions on the rationale and methods alone. Today, BMC Psychology published the first article to undergo the full results-free review process. Here, we discuss what results-free review might mean for authors, reviewers, editors and readers

Medicine Open Access Publishing

Are micro-drinking behaviors responsible for increased wine consumption when served in a larger glass?

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Excessive alcohol consumption is estimated to be the fifth leading cause of death and disability. Identifying ways to reduce alcohol consumption could contribute to improving population health. Tableware size may influence how much food and drink is consumed and serving wine in larger glasses can lead to increased sales and consumption. Here, Zorana Zupan, Rachel Pechey & Theresa Marteau tell us about their research published today in BMC Psychology, examining micro-drinking behaviors as a potential mechanism for this effect

Health Medicine Open Access Publishing