GP chlamydia testing rates: previously unexplored associations

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Written by Veronica Wignall, Assistant Editor, BMC Series

Chlamydia, the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI), is easily tested for and easily treated. However, since the disease is asymptomatic in over 80% of cases it can remain undiagnosed, leading to increased transmission between sexual partners and a higher incidence in the population. Left untreated, chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, a painful infection of the upper genital tract that can lead to several complications including ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and infertility; men can also become infertile.

While self-testing kits for chlamydia are available at many sexual health clinics and doctors’ surgeries, a primary source of testing is directly via a general practitioner (GP). But is every …

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Measuring the impact of humanitarian assistance

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With few measures currently agreed upon, how can we judge the impact of humanitarian assistance following natural disasters? In this guest post, Christopher Lee*, tells us about his new paper just published in BMC Public Health, which describes an impact assessment of humanitarian services carried out in Aceh, Indonesia, following the 2004 tsunami.

On a sunny morning in Banda Aceh in January 2011, I woke up to the familiar sound of morning prayers and the occasional chirping bird. I was going to be driving down the coast to Meulaboh, another major town in Aceh Province in northern Sumatra that was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and subsequent earthquake.

 

The history of the tsunami in Aceh is a unique one. Prior …

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Behind the image: Kyle Harrington

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“Although much of the future of science will be driven by computational research, there is a critical need to maintain a close connection to the experimental research.”

A seven year old boy shown a computer program for the first time was so enthralled by it that he set himself up for a career working with computational models. Kyle Harrington, now a postdoctoral researcher in the Bentley Group at Harvard Medical School, is this year’s BMC Ecology Image Competition winner for the ‘Theoretical ecology and models’ section.

Kyle was hooked by the idea of using simple algorithms to generate complex patterns and behaviours and trained to apply computational techniques to biotechnological and ecological sciences. Later, at Hampshire College, he was

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BMC Public Health at 142nd Annual Public Health Association Meeting in New Orleans

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BMC Public Health will be heading over to the fascinating city of New Orleans next week for the 142nd Annual Public Health Association  (APHA’s) annual meeting and exposition held from the 15th – 19th of November.  This year’s theme, ‘Healthography: How where you live affects your well-being’ will unite over 12,000 people from across the U.S. and around the world and allow professionals and practitioners the opportunity to addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

BMC Public Health is looking forward to be a part of this major event and the Executive Editor of the journal, Natalie Pafitis, is keen on meeting attendees …

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Cannabis delivery, canine epilepsy and the cure for a broken heart: highlights of the BMC Series in October 2014

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Delivering cannabis more effectively • Proteins in the extremes • Predicting C.difficile drug targets • The best treatment for canine epilepsy • Treating the elderly cancer patient • Taming Arabidopsis • Just another incentive scheme • The cure for a broken heart?

Pharmacology: Delivering cannabis more effectively

Interest in the use of cannabis as a medical treatment has been widespread in recent years, but remains controversial. This is partly because THC, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis, has been associated with a range of adverse side-effects. Another constituent of the cannabis plant, CBD, could ameliorate some of these effects. However, studies have had to rely on oral ingestion of CBD which results in slow and erratic absorption by patients. Administration by …

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BMC Clinical Pathology advances to the Section Editor model

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For over a decade, BMC Clinical Pathology has been receiving and publishing an ever increasing number of articles, while pioneering the open access model. Until now, the journal has been administered by our in-house editorial team. However, as our visibility increases we must put better mechanisms in place to handle increasing submissions and ensure that the journal has the appropriate editorial policies to best serve the scientific community.

We are very happy to announce that BMC Clinical Pathology is moving to new editorial model. We have called on an international panel of experts to join our Editorial Board as Section and Associate Editors and share their scientific expertise in order to ensure consistent peer review and further development in …

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An ancient rift among giraffes gives us clues on how to conserve them

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The number of giraffe subspecies, and the relationship between them, remains controversial. Research, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, uses a new analysis of mitochondrial DNA to help resolve these questions, with implications for the conservation of these unique animals.

 

How to recognise a giraffe

Giraffes, unsurprisingly for such distinct animals, have long attracted considerable interest from we humans. Despite this we still lack a lot of basic knowledge about these animals.

For example, just how many species of giraffe are there? Currently, biologists recognise just one species of giraffe, but nine distinct subspecies. Some researchers have suggested that at least some of these subspecies should actually be classified as separate species.

 

Part of the reason for this confusion is the lack of …

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Canine epilepsy treatment – why more research still needs to be done

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Research published today in BMC Veterinary Research has added to a growing body of literature that suggests the evidence-base in some areas of veterinary science is still poor, or even lacking.  In this guest post, researchers at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) Canine Epilepsy Clinic describe some of the issues they encountered when conducting the first systematic review on the efficacy of antiepileptic drugs (AED) in the field of canine epilepsy, and discuss the need for trials that provide high quality evidence to achieve more reliable and objective results.

Epilepsy is not a specific disease but a chronic condition characterized by recurrent seizures, and is the most common chronic neurological condition found in dogs and humans.  It affects …

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BMC Gastroenterology at United European Gastroenterology Week 2014

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BMC Gastroenterology is excited to be attending the United European Gastroenterology Week 2014 held in Vienna , 20-22 October.

In addition to attending the scientific sessions, Executive Editor Magdalena Morawska is very interested in meeting with researchers to discuss their work and possible involvement in the Editorial Board of the journal.

If you are attending the conference and would like to meet, please contact Executive Editor Magdalena Morawska.

We look forward to meeting you in Vienna!

BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation on the road

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In March of next year BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation (BMC SSMR) will be two years old.  Since successfully incorporating with the journal  Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology (SMARRT) in 2013, BMC SSMR is growing and attracting new research covering a broad and comprehensive range of areas in sports science and medicine, covering all aspects of sports medicine and the exercise sciences, including rehabilitation, traumatology, cardiology, physiology, nutrition and regenerative medicine.

 

Led by a team of internationally renowned Section and Associate Editors the journal has seen the publication of highly accessed articles, with topics ranging from ankle sprains to high-intensity intermittent efforts critical for performance in team sports.

Earlier this year, Professor Antonio Ignacio Cuesta-Vargas, Chair in …

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