Monthly Archives: September 2017

Behind the Image: Camera-shy Octupi

Can you see it yet? You’d be forgiven for thinking this was just an image of coral but it is, in fact, an octopus marvelously camouflaging itself. Michelle Achlatis, from the University of Queensland in Australia, took this shot – the Editor’s pick in the BMC Ecology Image Competition – while scuba-diving and here she tells us about her encounter with this bashful mollusc.

Biology

Possible effects of raising tobacco taxes across the EU

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Increasing cigarette prices through taxation could reduce cigarette consumption and smoking related deaths across EU countries. This is according to a study published today in BMC Public Health which modelled a 10% tax increase on tobacco. Here to tell us about the model, how different EU countries would be affected, and the potential policy implications is Christian Schafferer, author of the article.

Health

Can technology help global suicide prevention?

National Suicide Prevention (Jared Keener, Flickr, CC)

September 10th 2017 marks the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme of the 2017 day is ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’ – encouraging everyone to consider those impacted by suicide and take the time to notice what’s going on with those around you, and support those who may be feeling vulnerable. Here, we discuss the contribution that eHealth interventions can play in the global public health strategy for suicide prevention

Health Medicine