Latest BMC journals Stories

2009-09-09 09:33:05

Patients with upper gastrointestinal (GI) complaints visit their general practitioner (GP) more often than patients with other conditions. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Family Practice found that people with dyspepsia, heartburn, epigastric discomfort and other upper-abdominal complaints had almost twice as many GP contacts, which were ultimately associated with problems in all organ systems. These patients were twice as frequently referred to specialist care and received...

2009-08-11 07:44:35

We've heard it on the news and seen it in our bank accounts. America is in an economic crisis. But some researchers say the nation's financial situation is also connected to our waistlines. Researchers at the University of Mainz, Germany studied 9,000 participants' financial and health situations. Twenty-five percent of the 949 participants in debt were found to be obese. In the remaining 8,318 participants who had their finances under control, only 11 percent were considered obese. "The...

2009-06-19 07:58:19

A small study has shown that people tend to believe that bottled water is somehow healthier than water from the tap. However, the research, published in the open access journal BMC Public Health, also shows that people are unsure exactly what these benefits might be and that they are rarely the main reason for choosing bottled. Lorna Ward led a team of researchers from the University of Birmingham who carried out interviews with users of the University's sports centre. She said: "The majority...

2009-06-03 00:11:11

Most in healthcare agree preventative medicine saves money, but U.S. researchers developed a return on investment calculator to measure the savings. The research team developed an algorithm that calculates a return on investment ratio, thereby quantifying the value of mobile healthcare to the overall healthcare system. To help test the calculator, the researchers used the Family Van, a program of the Harvard Medical School, a mobile clinic providing preventative healthcare and education to...

2009-06-02 08:43:35

Every $1 invested in mobile healthcare for the medically disenfranchised saves $36 in combined emergency department costs avoided and value of life years saved. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medicine suggest that 'health vans' decrease both the incidence and economic burden of preventable diseases, for a net profit to the healthcare system.Nancy Oriol, from Harvard Medical School, worked with a team of researchers to carry out an economic analysis of the return of...

2009-04-29 09:03:28

General anesthesia (GA) is associated with an increased risk of infant intubation and low Apgar scores, relative to regional anesthesia. An analysis of 50,806 cesarean deliveries, published in the open access journal BMC Medicine, strongly supports guidelines that regional anesthesia is to be preferred over GA for most cesarean sections. Charles Algert, from the Kolling Institute at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, was part of a team of researchers who studied births in the state of...

2009-04-14 13:48:49

In 2005 researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm University discovered a new species of seaweed. The species, which was named Fucus radicans, evolved from a bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) ancestor from the Baltic Sea. Detailed studies of Fucus radicans show that, from an evolutionary perspective, it was formed extremely rapidly: the species was formed less than 2,500 years ago, and probably as recently as about 400 years ago. This discovery is one of few examples of...

2009-02-16 14:57:48

Researchers  identified a new, faster method to help heal broken bones.  It requires the injection of cells taken from the patient's own bone marrow. The cells are injected into the fracture area and a clinical study proved it speeds up the healing process. Dr. Seok-Jung Kim from the Catholic University College of Medicine, Seoul, coordinated a multi-centre, randomized clinical study of the osteoblast treatment. "The cultured osteoblast injection group showed fracture healing...

2008-11-27 15:55:00

Media coverage of clinical trials does not contain the elements readers require to make informed decisions. A comparison of the coverage received by pharmaceutical and herbal remedy trials, reported in the open access journal BMC Medicine, has revealed that it is rarely possible for the lay public to assess the credibility of the described research. Tania Bubela from the University of Alberta, Canada, led a team of researchers who investigated 201 pharmaceutical and 352 herbal remedy...

2008-09-18 08:00:57

Scientists have discovered that certain fish are capable of glowing red. Research published today in BMC Ecology includes striking images of fish fluorescing vivid red light. Due to absorption of 'red' wavelengths of sunlight by sea-water, objects which look red under normal conditions appear grey or black at depths below 10m. This has contributed to the belief among marine biologists that red colors are of no importance to fish. Nico Michiels, from the University of Tbingen, Germany, led a...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'