Monthly Archives: August 2020

Highlights of the BMC Series: July 2020

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COVID-19 detection dogs • Work-life conflict and poor health • Social media in recruitment to surgical trials • Antibiotic prescribing in long-term care facilities for older adults • Proteomic profiling of salt stress in plants • A befriending programme for individuals with psychosis

Biology Health Medicine

Factors associated with perceived loneliness across the adult life span


Hardly a day goes by without news of increasing numbers of perceived loneliness among both old, but also younger people, such as teenagers. We often ask why – so which factors are associated with loneliness? For young and older people, information is already out there. However, how about adults in general? As their lives progress, adults pass through several phases – but do the factors associated with loneliness change accordingly? Thanée Franssen and her co-authors discuss some surprising results found in their research published today in BMC Public Health.


Sexual minority middle-aged and older adults are at high risk for having multiple chronic diseases


Older lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults are an underserved and understudied population that experience specific health disparities. A study just published in BMC Public Health finds that gay men and bisexual women age 50 and older are at particularly high risk for having co-occurring conditions. Authors Joseph Palamar and Benjamin Han tell us more about their research findings.