Does the impact factor have undue influence? Professor Jeffrey V. Lazarus explored the negative effects of the impact factor on health systems research, both now and in the future.
Prof Lazarus called on health researchers to make commitments to combat these problems.
February saw both houses of the UK Parliament vote to amend the Human Fertilization and Embryology Act 2008 to allow mitochondrial replacement IVF techniques. This offers hope to parents wanting to have children free of rare diseases. Ruth Francis reflected on the change in attitudes towards IVF which has helped to bring this vote about.
A study published in BMC Public Health found that smoke from shisha contains heavier metals than previously thought. In a guest post, Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at British Heart Foundation, told us that there is no safe way to smoke.
From dangerous drugs to the public understanding of science
BMC Ecology Image Competition Announcement 2015: The BMC Ecology Image Competition 2015 has now begun, and Catherine Potenski wrote a call for people to share their most striking images of how they study the natural world.
Withdrawal of medicines that cause deaths: takes longer than you think: In a guest post, authors of a new BMC Medicine article discussed delays in withdrawing drugs suspected of causing deaths and how these delays could be reduced.
Tweet chat: Health workforce strengthening in fragile and conflict-affected states: In recognition of their ‘Filling the void’ series, Conflict and Health hosted a one hour tweet chat to discuss human resources for health in fragile and conflict-affected states. You can read what happened in the chat in this post.
Reducing publication bias in animal research: Senior Editor Elizabeth Moylan attended a workshop on publication bias in animal research, which revealed the importance of publishing negative results and the role of preclinical study registration. But is there a one-size solution that could fit all?
Living with a rare disease: Rare Disease Day 2015: The 28th February 2015 marked the eighth international Rare Disease Day coordinated by EURORDIS. Sam Rose wrote about the work of Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, as well as some of the fundraising carried out by BioMed Central’s staff.
Helpful predictability in colorectal cancer: Research in Genome Biology on the genomics of cancer progression revealed remarkable genomic similarities between primary tumors and the secondary metastatic cancer cells. Rafal Marszalek explained how cancer can sometimes be predictable.
Mind the gap: open access and the public understanding of science: A recent report in a series on ‘science and society’ from the Pew Research Center suggested scientists believe there’s a gap between public interest in and public understanding of science. I wrote about how open access has a key role in bridging this gap.
The enemy within: mosquitoes killing their own: Srimathy Sriskantharajah wrote for BugBitten about research by Mains and colleagues that explores a new method for auto-dissemination of insecticides, employing the male Aedes albopictus mosquito.