Monthly Archives: December 2017
BMC Public Health has had yet another successful year, continuing to gain increased attention through exciting research published in the journal, some of which has also been promoted through the BMC Series blog and major news outlets around the world. As 2017 comes to an end, we take a closer look at some of our favorite articles published in the last year.
Measuring cigarette consumption in a population – the average number of cigarettes smokers consume – usually relies on self-reported survey methods. A new study published today in BMC Public Health has revealed some interesting trends and patterns using retail sales data. Dr Mark Robinson and Dr Garth Reid, authors of the study, discuss their study findings in more detail below.
With a little help from my friends – Getting people out of social isolation could help prevent type 2 diabetes
Social interactions play an important role in human society, and they also play an important role in health. A study published today in BMC Public Health has shown that social isolation is associated with type 2 diabetes. In this blog, Stephanie Brinkhues, lead author of the study, explores the main findings of this study.
A recent article published in BMC Medical Ethics explores the ethical aspects of brain-computer interfaces (BCI): an emerging technology where brain signals are directly translated to outputs with the help of machines. Here, two of the authors of the paper tell us more about the applications of BCI, its portrayal in the media, and some of the key ethical issues it raises.
A study of the genetic differentiation between populations of the fruit fly species Drosophila suzukii in Italy has revealed surprising information about their migration habits, and the human role that could explain the proliferation of this berry fruit pest in the country. This post explores what this could mean for genetics-based pest control measures.
A study published today in BMC Public Health looks at the association between adherence to healthy dietary guidelines and children’s psychosocial well-being. Is healthy eating linked to happiness in children and is happiness linked to healthy eating? We take a closer look at the results of a unique study carried out on a large population of children in Europe.
A systematic review published today in BMC Public Health finds that those bereaved by suicide may closely resemble people bereaved by other causes of death. Author Ailbhe Spillane looks at why it is important to examine health outcomes following a suicide and discusses the study findings.
Human Rights Day, a United Nations campaign that calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where they are in the world, is observed every year on the 10th of December. Hanna Huffstetler, Claudia Quiros, Rebekah Thomas and Benjamin Mason Meier, Section Editor for BMC International Health and Human Rights, discuss this important day and the context of human rights as a basis for the advancement of global health.