Monthly Archives: May 2018

Better training could help health professionals identify and support pregnant women with eating disorders

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Physical and emotional changes a woman experiences during and after pregnancy can cause distress, and this is especially true of women with eating disorders. Despite the risks, however, many women’s eating disorders go untreated during pregnancy. A new study in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth explores the barriers faced by both women and health professionals in provision of care of eating disorders during pregnancy.


Rehabilitation and economic recovery for torture survivors

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Torture is a practice that not only terrorizes individuals and society, but also imposes a long-term economic burden on its victims and their communities. In their recently published paper, Line Bager MSc., Dr. Wang, and co-authors discuss the long-term economic benefit of torture victim rehabilitation, both for tortured refugees and their families, as well as to the Danish society as a whole.


Highlights of the BMC series: April 2018


Interview with Professor Gabriel Richet • Review of systems medicine in cardiovascular disease • Correlation between poor diet and smoking • Comparing doctor performances based on gender and country • The role of psychological distress on poverty among older Australians • Digit sucking and dental anxiety

Biology Medicine

The vitamin D paradox in Black Americans


According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a paradox exists in which, despite markedly low (or “deficient”) measures of vitamin D status in Black Americans, the incidence of falls, fractures, or osteopenia are significantly lower compared to White American counterparts with similar vitamin D status. An expert panel meeting report published in BMC Proceedings presents a panelist discussion regarding this issue.