Posts by Emily Crow

Call for papers: Health Policy and Systems in Emerging Economies

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BMC International Health and Human Rights announces a call for submissions to a thematic series on health policy and systems in emerging economies. The “emerging economies” are fast growing and changing societies. They are the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) that make up over 40 percent of the world’s population as well as other successful economies including Indonesia, Vietnam, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey and South Korea. Such countries face important questions about how best to promote equitable and inclusive development – domestically, regionally and globally. The aim of this thematic series is to explore the challenges of creating policies for health in these settings.

We welcome submissions regarding all aspects of health policy and …

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BMC Women’s Health celebrates Women’s Day!

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BMC Women’s Health is proud to participate in today’s celebration of International Women’s Day. Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate the achievements of women worldwide and draw attention to the challenges that women many still face in contemporary society. We are privileged to publish and communicate high quality research regarding the physical, mental, and emotional health of women in developed and developing nations.

Read on for some highlights from our recent publications:

• In their article entitled “Unmarried women’s ways for facing single motherhood in Sri Lanka – A qualitative interview study”, Malin Jordal and colleagues studied the challenges, attitudes, and behaviour of single mothers in Sri Lanka. They found that these women expressed self-blame, victimhood, …

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BMC Women’s Health welcomes our new editorial board

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We are delighted to announce that BMC Women’s Health has officially moved to a peer review process where manuscripts are handled by a group of distinguished Section Editors with the help of Associate Editors. We expect this to substantially reduce our processing times, and lead to improved decision making and reviewer selection.

We have a fantastic group of Section Editors who bring a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to the table. The sections and section heads are as follows:

Women’s mental and emotional healthJane Fisher
This section considers studies regarding all aspects of women’s mental and emotional health, including body image, depression, anxiety, and all other aspects of mental and emotional wellbeing in women.

Women’s public

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Interdiciplinary studies on preterm birth: Creating a legacy of team research

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The PreHOT interdisciplinary research team recently achieved a five-year milestone in their research program and has curated a collection of diverse manuscripts on preterm birth to mark the accomplishment. This collection of papers is published today as a supplement in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. We caught up with Andrew Lyon, one of the people behind the supplement, to speak to him about his experience working with an interdisciplinary group and publishing with the BMC-series.

BMC: Tell us about how this interdisciplinary team came together.

Andrew Lyon: The Preterm Birth and Healthy Outcomes Team (PreHOT) developed when groups of health researchers were faced with a serious medical threat of mutual interest and a research funding opportunity …

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Highlights of the BMC-series: October 2012

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October was a busy month for the BMC-series, with the announcement of the Nobel prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, and the highly anticipated Open Access week. To hear more about what we’ve been up to, read on for some exciting highlights from across the series.

Conservation genetics: Koala diversity not affected by hunting
Comparing museum specimens with modern populations reveals little evidence that hunting of koalas in the early 20th century caused the low genetic diversity currently seen in this species, suggesting a more ancient factor is to blame. Author of the study, Professor Alex Greenwood explained “The event which reduced the genetic diversity of koalas must have happened a long time ago, perhaps during …

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Quality Improvement in Neonatal Care: A Call for Papers

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Quality improvement is a new and emerging field of study in hospitals across the world. NICUs in particular are focusing on how to improve patient care and outcomes, and how to do so sustainably. The following is a guest post from Dr. David Paul, a Section Editor for BMC Pediatrics, explaining why BMC Pedatrics thinks quality improvment studies are important and why we want to publish them. Please read what he has to say, and consider submitting your study to BMC Pediatrics!

What is the motivation for reading and or publishing in BMC Pediatrics? There are a myriad of resources available to aid clinicians that can potentially be used to improve patient care. Open access publishing has the ability to …

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The best nutrition for very low birthweight babies

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In an article published today in BMC Pediatrics, Colaizy, et al. show that very low birthweight (VLBW) babies grow adequately in the hospital before discharge when fed on a diet of predominantly human milk, regardless of whether that milk is derived from the mother or from a breast milk donor.

In this retrospective cohort study of 171 infants, the percentage of human milk and formula used to feed VBLW babies was analyzed, with the primary outcome being change in the weight z-score by milk type (a z-score is a measure of standard deviation from the average value within a population). All of the babies included in this study weighed ≤1250 grams at birth. While they all showed a …

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Reaching members of hidden populations

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Studies involving members of “hidden populations” can present unique challenges for researchers.  In many cases, it can be difficult to obtain a statistically representative sample from these populations, because they are difficult to locate, identify, and contact.

In an article published last year in BMC International Health and Human Rights, Sulaiman-Hill and Thompson discussed the challenges faced in recruiting Afghan and Kurdish refugees living in New Zealand and Australia in order to study their mental health, subjective well-being and perspectives on resettlement. In this mixed methods study, the authors used snowball sampling with multiple entry points to identify potential study participants.  Their analysis indicated that making use of multiple entry points was crucial for reducing sampling bias.

In …

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