Starting on World Mental Health Day last year, the World Health Organization launched a year-long campaign on the theme ‘Depression: let’s talk’.
BioMed Central is continuing our support for this campaign by bringing together articles from across Springer Nature, as chosen by our editors.
24th March marked 135 years since Dr Robert Koch's 1882 discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes TB. Despite continued progress, TB causes nearly 1.5 million deaths per year globally, mainly in developing countries.
BioMed Central has gathered some of the most impactful research on TB published in our journals here. As the original open access publisher, we are proud to make this research freely available to the scientific community.
Malaria thrives in areas of poverty, adding further economic and social strain on these societies. Many of those most vulnerable to the disease, especially young children and pregnant women, are not able to access the preventative tools, diagnostics and therapeutics that could save their lives. In 2015, 429,000 deaths occurred – most of these were young children. On World Malaria Day 2017 (25th April) , and indeed every day, BioMed Central is proud to support efforts to reduce the global malaria burden by publishing the latest malaria research and making it free to access.
Take a look at our dedicated landing page to see a collection of articles, blogs and quizzes in relation to World Malaria Day.
25th April also marks National DNA Day in the US, which commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953.
To celebrate this day BioMed Central is proud to share a sample of leading articles published in our journals, which advance key scientific developments in genetics.
Explore our dedicated landing page, test your genetics knowledge with our DNA Day 2017 Quiz, and share your thoughts with us at #SN_DNADay.
Find out how the joint research of a team of physicists and physicians that includes Cancer Convergence Editor-in-Chief David T. Ting sets out to tackle pancreatic cancer treatment and learn the details of their upcoming clinical trial here. (Requires subscription to the Wall Street Journal.)
Dr. Ting’s work exemplifies Cancer Convergence’s approach to cancer research—bringing together approaches and perspectives from multiple disciplines to work toward finding novel and effective cancer treatments.
BioMed Central has partnered with Health Global Systems (HSG), which is affiliated with BMC Health Services Research, to deliver a series of five webinars to help researchers brush up on their knowledge of publication and peer review processes. Listen to the first recording ‘Preparing your article and submitting to a journal’, and sign up for the others.
Public Health Reviews invites you to submit to our new article collection on maternal and child health in the sustainable development goal era.
The World Health Organization has reported a decline in deaths of children under 5 years of age from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013. Maternal deaths have been reduced from an estimated 523,000 in 1990 to 289,000 in 2013. Despite these achievements, the decline in maternal deaths greatly missed the mark of the Millennium Development Goals.
We invite manuscripts that will help shed light on major persisting challenges, the under-examined areas of maternal and child health, and cross-cutting or underlying issues related to gender, inequality and health systems. Read more here.
BMC Systems Biology is delighted to announce the launch of a thematic series on ‘Systems Medicine’ and its associated ‘Call for papers’.
Systems Medicine is a multidisciplinary field focused on unravelling, computing and integrating physiological and biochemical data, with the mission to develop a specially tailored system of information. As computer-based approaches become increasingly pervasive worldwide, the need to take physician-centered and patient-centered approaches in the design and development of this field becomes ever more important. Guest editor Dr Dimiter Dimitrov talks more about the ideas behind the series in his blog.
Dog health continues to be discussed in the veterinary and breeder communities, and in the media. The journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology provides a peer-reviewed, fully open-access and online home for original research and reviews relating to all aspects of genetics and epidemiology science in the dog. Recently the journal partnered with International Partnership for Dogs (IFPD). The journal and IPFD are committed to working together, through collaboration and sharing of evidence-based information, to improve dog health and welfare.
Professor William Ollier, editor-in-chief for the journal will be attending the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, in 21-23 April 2017 in Paris, France, and presenting a poster about the journal and its top research articles.
What does it take to get your journal article from submission to publication? How does your book go from a manuscript to being stocked at your university library? BioMed Central’s parent company, Springer Nature, is answering these questions and more in a new series called ‘Behind the Scenes at Springer Nature.’
Learn about the work being done across the company by dedicated employees from around the world. Here, Nathalie Jacobs, Senior Editor for Engineering, talks about her role as part of the Springer editorial team.
Researchers in the United States have developed a computer program that can simultaneously detect cancer and identify where in the body the cancer is located, from a patient’s blood sample. The program is described in research published in Genome Biology.
A computer method called ZeitZeiger that uses a sample of blood to accurately predict circadian time - the time of day according to a person’s body clock - is described in research published in Genome Medicine.
Jeffrey Lazarus, editor-in-chief of Hepatology, Medicine and Policy reflects on the place of HIV in an innovative and changing digital health landscape and shares his vision for HIV in the future.
Long-acting antiretroviral therapy, Professor Lazarus hopes, will soon become the norm, allowing the world to focus on quality of life for people living with HIV. Read more about his vision – and his experience at the 4YFN conference, a digital startup event held from 27th February to 1stMarch this year.
The most popular blog across the whole of the BMC blog network was published on the BMC Series blog, receiving 1,574 views.
Davy Falkner, Community Manager at BioMed Central, describes a study published in BMC Genomics which compares the genome sequences of Chow Chows, gray wolves and other dogs. The research provides a fascinating insight into the development of East Asian breeds and the distinctive features of the Chow Chow which is one of the most ancient breeds of dog.
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