Monthly Archives: October 2013

My heart is open

My Heart MRI

The magnetic resonance image on the right is my heart. It was taken a little while back when I took part in a clinical trial investigating the genetics of heart abnormalities. I was just one of many healthy(ish) volunteers recruited to provide data to be compared against patients whose heart function had gone awry. I… Read more »

Medicine Open Access

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders at ACR 2013, San Diego


BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders is excited to be attending the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Meeting 2013 held in San Diego, CA, from the 25th to the 30th of October. The ACR Annual Meeting is the premier scientific meeting devoted to the rheumatic diseases, bringing together thousands of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals from around… Read more »


BMC Public Health at APHA


BMC Public Health will be attending the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) 141st annual meeting and exposition held in Boston, MA from the 2nd to the 6th of November. This year’s theme ‘Think Global, Act Local’ aims to bring public health professionals the skills to address global health issues both at home and abroad by… Read more »


BMC Editors at World Health Summit, Berlin

WHS logo

BMC International Health & Human Rights is excited to be attending the World Health Summit (WHS) 2013 held in Berlin, Germany, from 20-22 October. The WHS will bring together key stakeholders in international health and development, with a vision to improve health worldwide and set the agenda for future research, education and health care policy…. Read more »


Highlights of the BMC-series: September 2013

Different strokes for different folks • Parasite oversight • A soft touch induces strong resistance • Image of the month • Undergrads sequence sea lions  • Targeting microspheres to mesothelioma  • Assess your horse tendon fibroblast “health” • Importance of monitoring renal function Medical Education: Different strokes for different folks A recent study in BMC… Read more »

Biology Health Medicine

Polymorphisms and prey pigmentation: can you really use human “predators” to investigate the evolution of camouflage?

Pippa predator

Among the many strategies that prey species use to avoid being eaten is camouflage. But how is this strategy affected if the prey species exists in different colour morphs and different habitat types? A recent experiment from researchers at Linnaeus University in Sweden and Åbo Akademi University in Finland investigated this very question, using pygmy… Read more »


Bioimage Informatics: a new thematic series

Fig 1 Peng et al BMC Bioinformatics (2013) 14,293

BMC Bioinformatics launches its latest article collection today, focusing on Bioimage Informatics. Edited by Ivo Sbalzarini, Pavel Tomancak and Hanchuan Peng, Section Editor for BMC Bioinformatics (Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, USA), this thematic series focuses on the latest developments in the emerging field of computational analysis, management, visualization, and mining of biological images…. Read more »