Monthly Archives: October 2017

Systematic reviews made simple

Bridging the gap (cropped)

BMC Cancer recently published a systematic review of previous systematic reviews with statistical analyses and meta-analyses regarding the effects of exercise on cancer-related-fatigue in adult cancer patients and survivors.

Professor George Kelley, Director of the Meta-Analytic Research Group at West Virginia University, discusses this more recent approach to reviewing the literature, the need for this work, the challenges associated with it, and makes further suggestions for conducting this type of study in the future.

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Holy e-smoke! New York State bans indoor use of e-cigarettes


New York has added electronic cigarettes to its indoor smoking ban, making it illegal to use the devices in bars, restaurants and most workplaces. Around 70 percent of the state’s municipalities already have bans in effect but manufacturers have argued that e-cigarettes do not qualify for inclusion in the Smoke Free Air Act as they technically do not emit smoke. The new law will go into effect in less than 30 days. We take a closer look at this development and e-cigarette research published in BMC Public Health.


11th International Conference on Behavior, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife

BPG conf

BMC Zoology recently attended the International Conference on Behavior, Physiology and Genetics in Wildlife, organized by the Leibniz Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). The conference offered a wonderful mix of high caliber plenary speakers, an engaging social program and interesting talks around conservation and reproduction biology.


World Food Day 2017: investing in food security and rural development


October 16th 2017 marks World Food Day which is celebrated every year on the same date in recognition of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. Historically and to this day, most World Food Day themes revolve around agriculture, supporting the notion that investment in cultivating land and rearing crops and livestock has huge potential for combating issues relating to hunger and poverty. Below, we look at this year’s theme and discuss related work published in BMC Public Health.