As if the recent bout of cold weather hadn’t sufficiently served to increase the fears of British livestock farmers struggling with livestock losses, in addition to the falling price of lamb, several European countries, including the UK, are currently subject to the emergence of a devastating arbovirus affecting ruminant animals – Schmallenberg virus (SBV). Although not considered a notifiable disease, SBV was first detected in Germany in November 2011  and is responsible for neurological defects, stillbirths and late abortions in sheep, cattle and goats [1-3]. However, there is a low likelihood of any risk to public health.
As an arbovirus, SBV has rapidly spread throughout Europe by infected vectors such as midges, mosquitoes and ticks. Favourable climate conditions reported …
For over a decade, BMC Nephrology has been receiving and publishing an ever increasing number of articles, administered by our in-house editorial team. However, its increasing popularity amongst the nephrology community has not gone unnoticed, and what was once an unassuming journal has now prospered into a successful and important medical research publication.
We now need to look to the future to ensure the journal continues to develop to best serve the needs of its community and for this we have called in the experts. We are very honoured to welcome a prestigious list of world renowned Section and Associate Editors to our editorial board. Together, they will be handling manuscripts covering all aspects of nephrology …
Recently, we spoke to Dr Linda Emanuel, Section Editor for BMC Palliative Care, to discuss her research teams’ work investigating the important implications of hospital chaplaincy services in a palliative care setting, and the findings from their recently published study in BMC Palliative Care by Dr Kevin Flannelly, Dr Linda Emanuel, Rev George Handzo and colleagues at HealthCare Chaplaincy.
In an era emphasizing quality and value in health care, the role that spiritual and chaplaincy care specifically play in improving outcomes (including patient experience and satisfaction, as well as other health-related markers) and costs – especially in end-of-life care – is almost completely untested. Given most people rely on religion and spirituality to cope in such situations …
As powerful as a horse may be, it is interesting to note that we still have not cracked the potential of the equine athlete in any of its sporting disciplines. Similar to human athletes, horses are also affected by the pressures of a sporting event. In a review published today in BMC Veterinary Research, Dr Sebastian McBride from the Royal Agricultural College and Prof Danny Mills from the University of Lincoln discuss the influencing factors that affect the psychology of the performance horse. This review addresses in detail how such psychological parameters need to be considered when determining the optimal training strategy for the horse, including behavioral modification techniques, which can be applied to improve performance …
One month before the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games, BMC Veterinary Research arrived in the city of Liverpool to attend an educational event hosted by the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) at Aintree Racecourse on the 16th and 17th June. ICEEP’s “Winning Ways” equine science conference was hosted by the University of Liverpool and involved specialist equine clinicians and scientists from the University.
The programme was tailored for veterinarians, physiotherapists and horse owners and trainers with an interest in equine sports, and boasted an impressive line-up of national and international authorities on all aspects of equine performance who shared their latest findings and knowledge at the two-day conference.
Included in the impressive catalogue of speakers was
With the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games next month,
it’s easy to forget about our equine competitors, who will be demonstrating
their supreme athletic ability in events such as show jumping and eventing. However, BMC
Veterinary Research will be getting involved in the excitement, and will be
giddying up to Liverpool for the 9th International Conference on Equine
Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) at Aintree Racecourse on the 16th and 17th June to
learn about the current research in equine sports science.
The scientific programme has been tailored for a wide audience
with sessions for both physiotherapists and veterinarians, in addition to riders
and horse trainers. Several leading national
and international experts …