In an increasingly globalized world, migration is becoming more and more prevalent. An often overlooked aspect of migration is the effect of a drastically new environment on a migrant’s health. In this blog, authors of an article published in BMC Medicine highlight their work on obesity and diabetes risk to African migrants compared to individuals still living in their native countries.
Monthly Archives: October 2016
Predictive, preventive and personalised medicine (PPPM) means a new culture and an advanced multi-professional approach focused on individual needs of healthy people and patients providing cost-effective solutions for healthcare system as the whole. EPMA (the European Association for Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine) have recently released guidelines and expert recommendations on the importance of shifting healthcare towards PPPM. In this Q&A, first author of the paper and Editor-in-Chief for EPMA Journal, Prof. Dr. Olga Golubnitschaja tells us more about the importance of this issue.
A new set of statistical tools improve the ability to discover cancer drug biomarkers from cell lines, which are effective for tailoring drug treatments in cancer patients. Paul Geeleher and Stephanie Huang tell us more about these statistical tools and their recently published paper in Genome Biology
Recognized on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day seeks to increase global awareness of thrombosis. In appreciation of this day, we asked representatives from Thrombosis Journal and the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH)” to share their knowledge of the condition.1
Research published in BMC Medicine, based on the Million Women Study, reports women with lower levels of education and living in more deprived areas of the UK are at higher risk of coronary heart disease due to differences in behaviour. Here, Sarah Floud co-author of the study discusses what these findings mean in the context of addressing social inequalities.
Pushes to reduce waste in research has turned more attention on the methods we are using and questions on whether they are efficient and effective. In order to address this, new research published today in Systematic Reviews provides guidance on conducting methods overviews—also called reviews of methods – and here, lead author Stephen Gentles discusses their importance and what next steps we need to take to work towards methodological clarity across research designs.
Every year on October 10th, the WHO recognizes World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. This year’s World Mental Health Day is all about Psychological and Mental Health First Aid so here at the ISRCTN registry, we are showing our support by exploring some of the research we have registered in this field.
The phrase “at the tipping point” accurately describes the spirit at the 5th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, which was held August 28- September 1 in North Bethesda, Maryland (USA). With presentations spanning technical, pre-clinical, and clinical results in the field, there was clear enthusiasm in the research that has reached the point of impacting patient lives.
At BioMed Central, we’re deeply saddened at the loss of Prof Stephen Lawn, who died on 23rd September after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was a passionate and talented researcher, and approached his roles on journals with equal energy. Here, two of our editors who dealt with him regularly on their journals, pay tribute to him.