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    Monocytes linked to malarial immunity 

    Specific types of monocytes ingest opsonized malaria erythrocytes and stimulate inflammation, indicating that these cells have a special role in activating the immune system against P. falciparum infection, which should be considered in vaccine design. 

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:154
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    Intervention improves HIV care retention

    An intervention combining text message communication and reimbursement of clinic transportation costs reduces the time to clinic return and antiretroviral therapy commencement in rural Uganda, so could be a promising strategy to improve HIV care.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:160
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    The octopus, hot and cold

    Crucial to the spread of the octopus from tropics to poles is their ability to sustain oxygen supply even at sub-zero temperatures; molecular and structural evolution of the octopus blood-carrying molecule appears to be key to this.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:133
  • Mechanotransduction: use the force(s)

    Cells sense and respond to physical forces in a broad range of biological phenomena. We invited leading researchers to discuss how the field of mechanotransduction is changing the way we think cells (and animals!) interact with their environments, and highlight striking examples from across different fields.

    BMC Biology 2015, 13:47
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    Twin fetal tool can assess growth

    An adjustable fetal weight standard for twin pregnancies can be used to accurately assess growth while taking into account variables such as race, suggesting that this tool can be used in different populations.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:159
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    Reviewers and editors differ in rating tasks

    In a Q-sort survey, tasks considered most important for peer reviewers of randomized controlled trials, were often not clearly indicated by editors, including evaluating the risk of bias, which was clearly requested by only 5% of journal editors.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:158
  • Genetic transformation of Ceratopteris richardii through microparticle bombardment

    The fern family of plants is extremely diverse; as well as being of intrinsic scientific interest it also includes species with significant commercial and industrial potential. Stable genetic transformation is a key research tool for any plant species and the lack of a reliable technique has previously hindered progress in exploring this important plant lineage. This paper describes a detailed step-by-step protocol for the efficient transformation of the model fern species, C. richardii, which should provide new and exciting opportunities for fern researchers.

    Plant Methods 2015, 11:37
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    A pilot for incorporation of genetics into the EHR

    Study design and algorithms developed to select participants with greatest potential for actionable variants and variants with highest impact to be incorporated in the EHR in the context of eMERGE.

    Genome Medicine 2015, 7:67
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    Quantifying benefits and harms

    Randomized trials are not always the best way to ascertain the benefit of medical interventions; Milo Puhan and colleagues argue that quantitative benefit-herm assessments should be used to guide further research, discussing rofilumast as an example. 

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:157
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    Comparative effects of Facebook and conventional media on body image dissatisfaction

    This study demonstrates that the relationship between appearance comparison and body image dissatisfaction is comparative for those exposed to Facebook images and those exposed to conventional media images, thus endorsing the importance of extending the body image dissatisfaction literature by taking into account emerging social media formats.

    Journal of Eating Disorders 2015, 3:23
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