Monthly Archives: July 2019

The little tissue that couldn’t – the hymen’s role in determining sexual history or assault

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For such a small piece of tissue, the hymen has gained outsized status as the arbiter of virginity. But can it really do that? In their review article published in last month’s Reproductive Health, Ranit Mishori and colleagues dive deep into decades of research to determine this little tissue’s role in determining sexual history or assault.

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Is schizophrenia accurately and objectively diagnosed?

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Currently, the clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia relies solely on clinical interview, and likely comprises heterogeneous biological subsets. A recent study in Translational Psychiatry presents a novel and innovative method to biologically detect subsets of schizophrenia. In this blog, Carsten Korth, a contributing author to the research, talks us through the study and discusses the implications this has for the diagnosis of behavioral disorders.

Biology Health

MSF’s Scientific Days: embracing fear in a changing climate

Scientific Days London 2019 – Medical Research Day

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) held their sixteenth annual Scientific Days program May 9-10, 2019 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, which BMC was proud to attend and be an official sponsor of. Each year during Scientific Days, MSF brings together delegates – and through its live-stream, a virtual audience from around the world – to share the latest research and innovation in humanitarian medical programming. Here, Anna Brow shares an overview of this year’s event.


Can Twitter and Google help improve heat wave warning systems?


Heat wave warning systems are often used in countries with frequent heat waves to warn the public and prevent heat-related illnesses. A recent study in Environmental Health has shown that tracking tweets on Twitter and searches on Google with heat-related keywords can help provide early and more efficient warnings for heat waves. In this blog, Jihoon Jung, co-author of the research, tells us about the background of the study and how this type of web data can be used to help reduce heat-related illnesses.