Monthly Archives: May 2014

Preventing mental disorders – from the workplace to pregnancy, how can new policies and interventions influence mental health?

workplace depression

As BMC Medicine and BMC Psychiatry launch a new article collection on the prevention of mental disorders,  Ursula D’Souza, Senior Editor of BMC Medicine and Alice Murray, Executive Editor of BMC Psychiatry, look at some of the new research shaping our thinking on mental health. Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness week in… Read more »


Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Fibromyalgia day

Today, May 12th, marks Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Developed by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA), this international observance day aims to increase public awareness of the disease, and educate patients and the medical community. Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue and multiple tender points. Tender points… Read more »


Blurring the line between humans and machines


A new paper published today has shown that a simple exoskeleton can augment human walking. This is just one of many exciting new developments emerging from a lab at MIT which are bringing humans and machines ever closer together. Let me tell you a story. In 1982, a young man suffered severe frostbite in a… Read more »


Employers need to tackle the causes of mental health problems at work

Depression at work

Guest blogger Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at the mental health charity Mind, talks about the importance of prioritising mental health in the workplace and what employers can do to make a difference. A new systematic review published today in BMC Medicine (part of their Prevention of Mental Disorders article collection) has found that universally… Read more »


World Asthma Day 2014: Recent insights into asthma


Asthma is one of the most common chronic lung diseases affecting approximately 300 million people worldwide, but despite this little is understood about the causes of the disease itself. To mark World Asthma day, I’ve taken a look at some of the research that’s helping to increase our knowledge of this widespread condition. Asthma is… Read more »


Adverse childhood experiences: the long-term impact

Scared child

A new study published today in BMC Medicine has shown that adverse experiences in childhood can have a serious long term impact on both the individual and society. Guest blogger Karen Hughes, Professor of Behavioral Epidemiology at Liverpool John Moores University and co-author on the study, tells us more about their findings. Over the last… Read more »