Monthly Archives: February 2018

Higher cigarette taxes may increase use of chewing tobacco and cigars in adolescents


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.


Facial attraction: red-fronted lemurs recognize photos of their own species


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.


How are low/er strength wines and beers marketed online?


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.


Challenges in using healthcare services by undocumented migrants in Europe

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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.


Wake up, and smell the Covfefe


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.

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