Monthly Archives: August 2017

Is that a peanut or a landmine? Experiences when dining out with food hypersensitive children


Many families look forward to dining out as a way of both lessening parent and caregiver workload while also engineering an often rare opportunity for families to catch up with one another in a leisure setting. Admittedly, dining out with young children can sometimes prove to be a difficult task; for some parents there is an added level of difficulty. In a qualitative study recently published in BMC Public Health, Fiona M Begen et al. examined the experiences and behaviors of caregivers’ when eating out with their food hypersensitive children. Through a series of interviews, parents describe the impact of their child’s food hypersensitivity on both their families as well as the children themselves


Let’s leverage herbaria impact through Deep Learning


Across the world, museums and institutions maintain herbaria containing millions of plant specimens collected over hundreds of years. Yet this treasure trove of data is relatively un-tapped because of the difficulty of identifying and classifying specimens. In this guest blog, José Carranza-Rojas, Erick Mata-Montero and Pierre Bonnet discuss their new research, published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology, that uses deep learning computer vision techniques to automate specimen identification and unlock the potential of the worlds’ herbaria.

Biology Technology

Surgical management of cancer-related lymphedema

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Swelling of the limbs (lymphedema) can occur as a consequence of previous cancer treatment and can result in significant long-term physical and psychosocial issues for cancer patients. In this guest blog, Dr. Roman Skoracki and Dr. Stephen P. Povoski summarize their review, recently published in BMC Cancer, which discusses lymphedema with a focus on surgical treatment options

Health Medicine

Healthy child, healthy future: Highlights from RCPCH conference 2017

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BMC Pediatrics had the pleasure of attending the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) annual conference which took place in Birmingham, UK, in May 2017. The theme this year was ‘Healthy child, healthy future: the developmental origins of health and disease’. The program covered a vast array of topics important in the field of pediatrics as well as offering a platform for stimulating discussions. 2017 marks a significant time for RCPCH as they celebrate their rich history and 21 years of advocating for child health. Here we look back at some of the highlights of the conference (#RCPCH2017).

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