Monthly Archives: October 2010

Sustaining long-term control of neglected tropical diseases

Neglected tropical diseases, increasingly under the spotlight of the media, affect up to two billion individuals across the globe with developing world areas such as sub-Saharan Africa particularly at risk. Whilst funding for tackling these diseases has increased exponentially, there is still a need for further investment to ensure that sustained progress is made in… Read more »


Evidence-based health and social care reach "new heights" in Colorado

The first Joint Colloquium of the Cochrane and Campbell Collaborations, held last week in Keystone, Colorado, gave members of these two scientific communities the opportunity to identify new ways of working together. The collaborations differ in their scientific focus – Cochrane concentrate on health while Campbell are interested in social care – but both set out to prepare, maintain… Read more »


Thematic series and book highlighting recent developments in treatment of angiogenic diseases

Angiogenesis is a key process involved in the progression of many pathological diseases, such as cancer and vascular disease. There is increasing interest in this field of research as understanding the role of angiogenesis in disease may lead to new treatments. A recent article series titled ‘Angiogenesis and nonmedical interventions’, published in Journal of Angiogenesis… Read more »


What place for Antisocial Personality Disorder in DSM-V?

Becoming ever more firmly embedded in the social psyche, conditions such as antisocial personality disorder, psychopathy, dissocial personality disorder and sociopathy have generally been associated with recidivism and dangerousness whilst also used as a criterion to exclude patients from treatment services. Although currently framed in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of… Read more »


The need for frameworks to reduce the burden of grant review

The peer-review process, its merits and pitfalls are perennially popular topics among researchers, especially now when there are more papers and funding applications than ever before. Managing the process is becoming increasingly unwieldy for all concerned – the applicants, peer reviewers and the funding bodies. Many problems with the grant-review process are reported anecdotally but… Read more »


The darker side of the Internet

The Internet is a conduit leading to an ever more inter-connected world, enabling millions of users instant access to vast repositories of information, enhancing opportunities for social networking and commercial ventures alike. However, the proliferation of internet use may be viewed as a double-edged sword, with the rise in internet access being linked to a… Read more »