Monthly Archives: September 2017

Can technology help global suicide prevention?

National Suicide Prevention (Jared Keener, Flickr, CC)

September 10th 2017 marks the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme of the 2017 day is ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’ – encouraging everyone to consider those impacted by suicide and take the time to notice what’s going on with those around you, and support those who may be feeling vulnerable. Here, we discuss the contribution that eHealth interventions can play in the global public health strategy for suicide prevention

Health Medicine

Highlights of the BMC-series: August 2017


Managing diagnostic uncertainty • Mobile applications for suicidal ideation self-management • Androgen receptors in developing heart cells • Winners of the 2017 BMC Ecology Image Competition • Methods for word learning • Changes in physical activity in older people

Biology Health Medicine

Hold the phone! Cell phone use while pregnant not linked to child neurodevelopment problems


A new study published in BMC Public Health, which examined data from around 45,000 mothers, finds no evidence of cell phone use during pregnancy having a harmful effect on child neurodevelopment. For several years this has been a public health concern, albeit one with widespread uncertainty and inconsistent evidence. Here to talk about this latest study on the issue are two of the authors, Jan alexander and Eleni Papadopoulou.

Health Technology

Behind the Image: Towers of Jewels

At an altitude of 2075 metres, pastel hues of flowering shrub mingle amongst the Canary pine trees of Tenerife. In this blog, earth scientist Harry Seijmonsbergen tells us more about the story behind his winning image.