Although it is known that parents generally live longer than their childless contemporaries, little is known about why or what factors modify this effect. In this blog post, the authors of a recent study of multiple health outcomes in over 800,000 individuals, published in BMC Geriatrics, highlight and discuss some of their findings, shedding light on these unknown mechanisms.
Monthly Archives: April 2019
Mental health nurses have a significant part to play in improving the mental health and the physical health of those with long-term psychiatric problems. In this blog post, the authors of a new systematic review in BMC Nursing discuss why this is important and what mental health nurses can do to make a difference.
While most patients recover form Lyme disease, a proportion do not respond to treatment and develop persistent symptoms such as chronic pain, cognitive dysfunction, and debilitating fatigue, classified as post-treatment Lyme disease PTLD. We currently don’t know how many people are living with PTLD, so new research published in BMC Public Health investigates this by using mathematical modeling predict prevalence in the US.
Abortion is generally a safe procedure when carried out in the formal healthcare setting in countries where it is legal. However, many women choose to seek abortions outside of the formal healthcare setting, despite the inherent risk. In this blog post, the authors of a recent systematic review of qualitative studies about why women make this choice, published in BMC Women’s Health, discuss their findings.
Healthcare-related trials showing positive results of an intervention, whether a drug, a device, or an educational program, are usually published and often publicized. Negative results, however, are not as often discussed. In this blog post, Section Editor of BMC Family Practice Chris Burton discusses a negative result recently published in the journal, why it may have been ineffective, and why it is so important that it was published anyway.
As global populations age, the new questions and challenges arise in geriatric care. BMC Geriatrics publishes important research addressing these topics, from exercise and sleep to screening for frailty and overall health, and more. Here are some of our most interesting papers from 2018.
When faced with difficult healthcare decisions, many patients feel overwhelmed or unable to make a decision. A recent paper in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth explored the decision-making process of women faced with the choice of having surgery to reduce ovarian cancer risk. In this blog post, the authors present a hypothetical patient and discuss the difficulties she faces in making this difficult decision.
Changing immigration patterns have been the focus of recent intense media coverage. However, research concerning the impact of immigration detention policies on those most vulnerable to these practices is limited in comparison. A recent systematic review published in BMC Psychiatry examines mental health in detained immigrants and brings this issue sharply into focus where it belongs. Here to discuss the study and to signpost future research is co-author Claire Mason.
An analysis of global survey data, published in BMC Women’s Health, has found an association between depressive symptoms and caregiving in baby boomer women, which varies across countries and social, educational and employment status. This blog post discusses this phenomenon and the implications it may have for health policies.