Monthly Archives: September 2011

Even minimal exercise reduces mortality risk in metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome affects approximately 20-30% of the population in industrialized countries, and encompasses a group of medical risk factors such as lack of exercise, central obesity and high blood pressure. In combination, these risk factors increase the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. People with metabolic syndrome are three times more likely to die… Read more »


Transplantation Research is now accepting submissions!

A new BioMed Central journal, Transplantation Research is now receiving submissions.  The journal provides a forum for the rapid release of cutting-edge experimental and clinical research in transplantation, as well as discussion of ethical issues relating to organ donation. Headed by Ed Geissler (University of Regensburg) and Alan Jardine (University of Glasgow) as Editors-in-Chief, the… Read more »


Thematic series on case reports from the H1N1 influenza pandemic

Journal of Medical Case Reports is seeking submissions of case reports from the H1N1 influenza pandemic to be part of our new article series. This thematic series, edited by Associate Editor, Professor Viroj Wiwanitkit, features case reports which provide important clinical information on complications arising from H1N1 infection. With treatment recommendations and clinical outcomes included… Read more »


Proceedings of the first biennial conference on science of global prostate cancer disparities in black men

Infectious Agents in Cancer has published the proceedings from the 1st Biennial conference on "The Science of Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men" in its most recent supplement. Prostate cancer is proven to disproportionately overburden men of African descent, with the average annual incidence rate being 59% higher for US Black men than White… Read more »


Faces of dementia: World Alzheimer’s Day

21st September 2011 marks the 12th World Alzheimer’s Day, which aims to achieve global awareness and  unite people with dementia around the world. Dementia affects an estimated 35.6 million people in the world and according to the World Alzheimer Report 2011 as many as 28 million of these people have yet to receive a diagnosis. … Read more »


World Alzheimer’s Day – September 21st 2011

World Alzheimer’s Day was first launched by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) at their 10th anniversary annual conference in Edinburgh on 21st September 1994. This worldwide event provides an opportunity for Alzheimer’s associations to unite globally, drawing awareness to the seriousness of the disease, as well as educating and challenging people’s misconceptions about dementia. “Faces of… Read more »


An answer to the problem of non-communicable diseases?

Every year non-communicable diseases (such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes) kill 36 million people worldwide, a quarter of whom die before the age of 60. This week’s high-level United Nations meeting tackled this issue. In anticipation of this meeting, many prominent scientists came together to write a statement, published in Genome Medicine, about the… Read more »


Prevalence and treatment of urinary tract infections in Nigerian children

Urinary tract infection (UTI) in children is a complex issue which attributes to childhood morbidity in the developing world, particularly in Africa. In a review article published recently in the Italian Journal of Pediatrics, Chukwu et al. evaluate the prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria in children with homozygous sickle hemoglobin at a teaching hospital in Enugu,… Read more »

Developing World Medicine

ISRCTN Trial Register: achievements and challenges 8 years on

As the ISRCTN trial registermanaged by Current Controlled Trials (CCT) now includes over 10,000 trial records, a new article published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine goes back over the achievements of the past 8 years and the challenges ahead, in the field of public trial  registration. Since 2003 the ISRCTN dataset neededto best describe… Read more »