Monthly Archives: February 2018
New research published in BMC Public Health finds that raising cigarette taxes to combat smoking may inadvertently increase the use of alternative tobacco products among adolescents. In this blog, lead author of the research, Summer Sherburne Hawkins, discusses this new study involving 499,381 adolescents from 36 US states and explains why policy makers need to be looking beyond cigarettes.
Early in 2017, BMC Research Notes was re-structured with a focus on single observations published as short research notes. In September of last year we launched data notes, our second note article type focusing purely on data. The next step in BMC Research Notes’ new direction is to find a new home for medical case reports in the BMC series.
Species recognition, that is an animals ability to recognize a member of its own species, is essential for reproduction. The role of facial cues has been investigated for a number of non-human primates but not lemurs, until now. Here Dr Rakotonirina describes research published in BMC Evolutionary Biology that herself and her colleagues conducted on the role of facial cues for species recognition in the red-fronted lemur.
A clinical trial, published in BMC Ophthalmology, investigating the visual outcomes of patients undergoing lazy eye treatment with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has shown positive results. This blog post further explores the concept of video games for lazy eye treatment and discusses this published clinical trial in detail.
Low alcohol beers and wines have the potential to reduce alcohol consumption by acting as alternatives to regular strength counterparts. However, new research published in BMC Public Health finds that rather than being marketed as alternatives, these lower alcohol drinks were more likely to be sold as being suitable for any occasion and therefore may not be promoting healthy drinking habits.
Entitlement of undocumented migrants to European healthcare services varies between European countries, and the utilization of these services by undocumented migrants is often poorly recorded. In order to create a better understanding of the overall barriers, authors of the systematic review recently published in BMC Health Services Research examine the challenges faced by undocumented migrants when accessing healthcare services in Europe.
The end-of-life trajectory of the late Dr. Kate Granger MBE, analysed by Joanna Taylor and Claudia Pagliari in a paper recently published in BMC Palliative Care, provides a unique insight into her psycho-social state during the progression of her disease. In this blog, one of the article reviewers, Dr Mark Taubert, reflects on the potential of social media as a tool to study individual experiences such as those recorded by Dr. Granger, their potential to improve palliative and supportive care standards, and the merit of n=1 studies.