July signaled the 37th International Congress of Physiological Sciences, organized in conjunction with the Physiological Society and many other society partners, and BMC Physiology was lucky enough to attend.
The conference covered every aspect of physiological research but it was clear that obesity, and the huge number of downstream effects this can cause, was a major theme. Kimberley Bruce (The Scripps Research Institute) battled valiantly with technical difficulties to share research on the changes in the circadian rhythms of offspring when mothers are fed a high fat diet together with more recent work looking at the impact of diet on the lives of Drosophila. Kevin Grove revealed intriguing data on behavioral changes in macaques born …
BMC Cancer unveils new plans to expand the scope of its Clinical Oncology section with the appointment of a new Section Editor and sub-section, as “Surgical oncology and imaging” joins forces with “Chemotherapy and radiation”
As Stephen Povoski and Nathan Hall discuss in their recent Editorial to mark the reworked scope of its Clinical oncology section, cancer requires a multidisciplinary approach to maximize the chance of successful treatment. BMC Cancer has always strived to consider articles addressing all aspects of cancer basic science and clinical research. However submissions in the areas of surgical oncology and cancer imaging have so far been underrepresented.
In order to engage these communities we have revamped our Clinical oncology section, which now has …
Approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day, with 99% of these deaths occurring in developing countries. Reducing global maternal mortality by three quarters between 1990 and 2015 is the first target of Goal 5 of the eight Millenium Development Goals adopted by the international community in 2000 – Improving Maternal Health.
Although the death rate for women giving birth plummeted in the 20th century, with maternal mortality worldwide dropping by almost 50% between 1990 and 2010, it is unclear whether observed improvements are due to the interventions being conducted or due to factors such as improved economic conditions and supportive care, as discussed in a commentary published in BMC …
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine outlines changes to its guidelines for authors to help clarify when the journal will and will not consider studies involving the experimental testing of traditional treatments in animal models.
What represents sufficient justification to conduct a scientific study? It’s an interesting question, and one that needs to be considered by researchers, publishers and funding bodies alike. At heart, the issue can be boiled down to a question of evidence and outcome: is there sufficient evidence to expect that investigating a particular treatment or system will yield results that are likely to be profitable in some way, either monetarily or as a contribution to scientific knowledge?
Here at BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine we are of …
BMC Bioinformatics and BMC Genomics will be attending the upcoming ISMB/ECCB
Conference in Berlin Germany, July 21st – 23rd. We should be
delighted to meet you at the conference. We will be located at Booth 18
and you can meet us there during the conference. We should be most
interested to hear your views on the Biomed Central portfolio of
journals, especially BMC Genomics and BMC Bioinformatics.
Alternatively, please contact Kate (Catherine.email@example.com) to arrange a time to talk.
The International Congress of Physiological Sciences only arrives every 4 years so BMC Physiology leapt at the chance to attend. The conference, running from the 21st-26th July in Birmingham, UK, showcases the best of today’s physiological research. In addition a series of public events means non-researchers can also learn more about this exciting field.
If you would like to get in touch before the conference please email Philippa Harris.
Optimism might have seemed to be in short supply at the 2013 British Society of Gastroenterology conference in Glasgow on June 24th-27th, attended by practising clinicians and basic scientists from across the discipline, as well as by BMC Gastroenterology. Giving his plenary lecture, President of the Royal College of Physicians Sir Richard Thompson spoke of a ‘tidal wave’ in acute care which, combined with a lack of doctors, nurses, beds and funding could produce a ‘train crash’ in gastroenterological care. Strong sentiments, seconded by many of the attendees, with plenty of talk of increasing strain on time and resources for practising gastroenterologists.
Lack of research funding was another complaint at a symposium on clinical trials, where it …
Last December, BMC Emergency Medicine published a supplement containing abstracts from the 2012 Emergency Medicine Annual Congress which was held in Beijing in November.
With the theme of ‘One World, One Standard of Emergency Medicine’, the congress was hosted by the Chinese Emergency Physician Association and aimed to bring together Emergency Medicine physicians from a range of specialities, from surgeons and anesthetists, through to bacteriologists and dieticians.
Continuing our association with this congress, BMC Emergency Medicine is today publishing a full paper supplement of the proceedings of the conference. We hope that this will prove useful for everyone who was not able to make their way out to Beijing for the conference themselves, and for all physicians …
Diet and depression • The epidemiology of retraction • Use it or lose it • Japanese black bears • Fantastic history of the fox • There’s something in the water • Midgut microbes & moonmilk • A checklist for effective pilot trials
Psychiatry: Diet and depression
Recent evidence suggests that there may be a possible link between the development of depressive symptoms and the quality of diet. Now, a comprehensive systematic review gathers together the best available evidence from across the globe but finds limited evidence to support a correlation between traditional Mediterranean, Japanese or Western diets and risk of depression in adults. These finding therefore suggest that further work may still be needed to confirm whether such a link exists.
Today is the 195th anniversary of the birth of Ignaz Semmelweis and BMC Infectious Diseases is celebrating the achievements of this pioneer of infection control.
At the beginning of the 19th century people were unaware that bacteria could cause disease and it was not until the work of scientists, including Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch, in the second half of the century that the causative agents of many common diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis were identified.
In 1846 Semmelweis was working as a doctor in the First Obstetrical Clinic of Vienna General Hospital. He was troubled by the rate of puerperal fever in the hospital and the resulting high maternal mortality rate. In addition …