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Winners all round
Announcing the winners of the Breast Cancer Research Image Competition 2016
BioMed Central’s Breast Cancer Researchand Breast Cancer Now are excited to announce the winners of their first joint image competition, including research images from computer modelling to histopathology. All images have been released under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), so everyone is welcome and encouraged to share them freely, while attributing the image author. We hope that you enjoy them.

Our Editor of the year: José Belizán from Reproductive Health
Every year, both BMC series Section Editors and Editors of our society and proprietary titles are nominated by BioMed Central staff for an award that acknowledges their hard work and achievements. This time, José Belizán was voted Editor of the year and afterwards we asked José about his career, and what makes a good Editor-in-Chief.

New initiatives
Clinical trial data and articles linked for the first time
Thanks to an initiative led by BioMed Central and CrossRef, it is now possible to link all published articles related to a clinical trial through the CrossMark dialogue box. Daniel Shanahan, Associate Publisher at BioMed Central explains more about it in this blog, originallyposted on the CrossRef website.
A peerless review? Automating methodological and statistical review
Peer review is the primary mechanism for ensuring the integrity of the published literature; however, it is a human system with all of a human's fallibilities. Here Daniel Shanahan asks whether we could use text mining to automate some aspects of the peer review process to address some of its limitations, and introduces a new pilot to evaluate the software.

Articles in the news
Do probiotics have an effect on healthy adults? It’s too early to tell
Probiotic products are consumed to a large extent by the general population in the belief that it’ll help make them healthier. However, a systematic review published in Genome Medicine found little evidence to support any consistent effect of probiotics on the gut microbiota of healthy individuals.
The research received an impressive number of media hits internationally. In the UK, it was covered by The GuardianDaily Mail,The Independent, and The Times. Author Oluf Pedersen was interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland. The research was also widely syndicated in the US and covered by outlets including Mic, Vice’sMotherboard and Munchies. Danish media that covered the research include the national TV2 NEWS and Politiken. In Australia, the research was picked up by The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald as well as Scimex, the news outlet of the Australian Science Media Centre. It was covered by outlets including O Globo in Brazil, El Pais and El Mundo in Spain, and de Volkskrant in the Netherlands.

Growth spurts lower teenage boys’ coordination
Research published in BioMedical Engineering OnLine suggests that teenage boys can blame their brains for their clumsiness. The authors measured 15 year old boys in a school in Bologna. They found that boys who had a sudden growth spurt walked clumsily because their brain requires some time to adjust to the rapid height increase, which lowers their coordination.
This story did well with major UK news outlets such as BBC Health NewsThe Independent and The Telegraph, as well as wired.co.uk. It was also covered by Italian news outlets, including Il Corriere AdriaticoAdnkronos and Corriere Della Sera. Other coverage includes Scimex in Australia, Der Standard in Austria, El Ciudadano in Chile, and the Daily Times in Pakistan.

BioMed Central on the road
Boston, USA, 26/06/2016

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