- Arrigo De Benedetti, LSU Health Sciences Center
- Emmanuel Dias-Neto, Hospital AC Camargo
- Rodney Honeycutt, Pepperdine University
- Joanne Lymn, University of Nottingham
- Shuangge Ma, Yale University
- Richard Rison, Neurology Consultants Medical Group
- Christopher Foote, BioMed Central
A comparison of three systematic reviews on the same topic reveals substantial variation in the outcome data included; the authors call for greater transparency in data selection, including the use of double-data extraction.
The high satisfaction with the training undergone by members of the mobile medical unit for the 2010 winter Olympic games suggests the four stage process used could be replicated when assembling other ad-hoc medical teams.
Letters published by journals in response to randomised controlled trials are mostly about methodological topics rather than the trial's conclusions, indicating potential for such letters to be used as a form of post-publication peer review.
The first attempt to catalogue the gut microbial community of the Phasmatodea (or stick insects) suggests that, despite considerable diversity, there are likely no symbiotic bacteria present, in contrast to many other insect groups.
As BioMed Central journals switch to a Creative Commons CC0 licence, allowing published data to be freely reused, this editorial discusses issues raised by authors during a public consultation and the reasons behind the change.
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