Monthly Archives: May 2018
Better training could help health professionals identify and support pregnant women with eating disorders
Physical and emotional changes a woman experiences during and after pregnancy can cause distress, and this is especially true of women with eating disorders. Despite the risks, however, many women’s eating disorders go untreated during pregnancy. A new study in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth explores the barriers faced by both women and health professionals in provision of care of eating disorders during pregnancy.
Torture is a practice that not only terrorizes individuals and society, but also imposes a long-term economic burden on its victims and their communities. In their recently published paper, Line Bager MSc., Dr. Wang, and co-authors discuss the long-term economic benefit of torture victim rehabilitation, both for tortured refugees and their families, as well as to the Danish society as a whole.
Interview with Professor Gabriel Richet • Review of systems medicine in cardiovascular disease • Correlation between poor diet and smoking • Comparing doctor performances based on gender and country • The role of psychological distress on poverty among older Australians • Digit sucking and dental anxiety
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a paradox exists in which, despite markedly low (or “deficient”) measures of vitamin D status in Black Americans, the incidence of falls, fractures, or osteopenia are significantly lower compared to White American counterparts with similar vitamin D status. An expert panel meeting report published in BMC Proceedings presents a panelist discussion regarding this issue.4
Schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder which persists despite its disadvantagous effects. Here, Niladri Banerjee describes work undertaken by himself and colleagues and published in BMC Evolutionary Biology that investigates whether methylated regions that differ between us, Neanderthals and Denisovans are enriched with single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) known to be associated with the disease.
Mindfulness meditation has become a mainstream technique in the toolkit of psychologists, but its efficacy in non-clinical settings is unclear. In our recent study published in BMC Psychology and registered in the ISRCTN registry, we carefully designed a methodologically robust study to test the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation on critical thinking.5