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Erratum (References) (Christopher Etherton-Beer, 19 December 2014)

Re: Trials 2010, 11:63 (doi:10.1186/1745-6215-11-63) Erratum (References)

The reference to Mann 2000 (Reference 10) on page 3 is incorrect. The reference should be to Zimmerman 2005 (Reference 15).

The authors apologise for this error. read full comment

Comment on: Beer et al. Trials, 11:63

The correction of ordering of authors’ addresses (Qi Pang, 19 December 2014)

After publication of this work, we noted that the ordering of authors’ addresses were not properly. The corrected ordering of all authors’ addresses has now been modified... read full comment

Comment on: Liu et al. Diagnostic Pathology, 9:132

Acknowledgement (Jerry Okal, 18 December 2014)

 Prepared for the Seminar on Increasing Use of Reproductive Health Services through Community-based and Health Care Financing Programmes: Impact and Sustainability, organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Reproductive Health, in collaboration with the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, 23-25 August 2012.  read full comment

Comment on: Grainger et al. International Journal for Equity in Health, 13:33

Plasticity of ER expression of Mammary Stem Cells which may harbor Anti-redox Machinery (Go Yoshida, 18 December 2014)

Honeth G, et al have recently elucidated the hierarchy model of mammary tissue and breast cancer from the novel perspective of the interaction between estrogen receptor (ER) and aldehyde dehydrogenase1 (ALDH1) [1]. I would like to deepen the consideration on the ‘stemness’ in EpCAM-negative/lin-negative/CD49f-positive mammary cells. Stemness includes several phenotypes characterized by self-renewal potential, multi-lineage differentiation, and plasticity between stem cells and transit-amplifying cells (TA... read full comment

Comment on: Honeth et al. Breast Cancer Research, 16:R52

Nestin-Wnt-EMT axis is observed also in breast non-CSCs much the same in CSCs? (Go Yoshida, 18 December 2014)

I am not sure whether or not the positive regulation of canonical Wnt pathway by Nestin is limited exclusively to the breast cancer stem cell (CD44high/CD24low) population. The authors only investigated in this article that Nestin knockdown in breast CSCs resulted in attenuated Wnt signal activity and subsequently caused mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET). That is why it remains to be known whether or not Nestin overexpression in breast CSCs is responsible for up-regulation of c-Myc via increased nuclear translocation of beta-catenin in CSCs, thereby inducing EMT. When that should be the case, Nestin-Wnt-EMT axis in breast non-CSCs might provide ectopic CSCs. read full comment

Comment on: Zhao et al. Breast Cancer Research, 16:408

Corringdum to correct citation mistake (Zindy Raida, 18 December 2014)

A corrigendum has been requested by the authors to make the readers aware that the quotation marks on page 12 column 1 line 54 - column 2 line 1 are misplaced. They should have been placed in column 1 line 41 before ¿proximal MCAo.. and again in column 2 line 1 after ¿in the mouse¿. This paragraph is taken from a paper by Bouet V et al 2009, reference number 32. The authors kindly ask the readers to please be aware of this mistake and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused. read full comment

Comment on: Raida et al. Experimental & Translational Stroke Medicine, 4:15

Typographical correction for inclusion criterion  (Leanne Williams, 17 December 2014)

On Page 3, the Inclusion criterion for total score on the HRDS17 should be HRDS17 ≥ 16 read full comment

Comment on: Williams et al. Trials, 12:4

Inaccurate reporting of data (Alex Baltar, 17 December 2014)

1.       In Table 1, the mean operating time and estimated blood loss is reported for 126 and 137 patients. While in the text it’s reported for 142 patients “Mean total operating time and estimated blood loss for the 142 patients was 142 min and 157 ml respectively.” Which one is... read full comment

Comment on: Dev et al. Journal of Translational Medicine, 9:121

Qualitative Study on the results - Swedish boat association with members in the most associated group middle/older males. Have sustained experience of deaths caused by alcohol and drugs. (Lars Erik Larsson, 17 December 2014)

Dear Kristin Ahlm and BMC,   As a chairman of a Swedish boating association and as an assosciate of Akloma Bioscience I would like to make my presence. The T1 table by Ahlm et al. shows that most corresponding deaths occured in Stockholm. Me and my members are willing for in-depth interviews if there would be qualitative study based on the segment group middle/older age males located in Stockholm. Don't hesitate to contact me. You can find the responding details on our contact web site.   Regards, Lars Erik Larsson read full comment

Comment on: Ahlm et al. BMC Public Health, 13:216

Concern over lack of statistical adjustment for clustering (Gordon Doig, 15 December 2014)

I am very concerned that lack of statistical adjustment for clustering has led to a false positive result in this... read full comment

Comment on: Savolainen-Kopra et al. Trials, 13:10

Strongly disagree with the conclusion of the analysis (Mark Rowland, 13 December 2014)

While the majority of trials failed to show a protective effect of topical repellents, two RCT trials did. It is incorrect to conclude in the abstract that 'that topical repellents are unlikely to provide effective protection against malaria'. Trials which fail do not mean that the intervention does not work. They can fail for many reasons. Key to the success of topical repellent protection is adherence. The trial will fail to show an effect if the recipients are culturally unwilling to adhere to the (new) intervention, if there is inadequate health information messaging, if the monitoring of the effect is inadequate. Trials that require behavioural change are very vulnerable to failure. Because it is difficult to monitor daily application and usage per protocol analysis is usually not... read full comment

Comment on: Wilson et al. Malaria Journal, 13:446

Plea for information on unpublished trials (Rick Dersch, 12 December 2014)

Dear... read full comment

Comment on: Dersch et al. Systematic Reviews, 3:117

Theoretical Framework used for the article (Anshul Singhal, 12 December 2014)

Hello Sir I found your article really interesting and useful for my research study on similar scheme. I would like you to please elaborate on the theoretical framework used by you for evaluating the schemes. Thank you! Hope to get your response soon! read full comment

Comment on: Krishnan et al. International Journal for Equity in Health, 13:11

Comparison of BrdU and EdU labelling of Arabidopsis cultured cells. (Patti Stronghill, 11 December 2014)

We would like to correct an oversight in that we did not cite the paper Kotogany et al. (2010).  Previous to our work with in planta labelling of Arabidopsis meiocytes they showed that EdU was superior to BrdU in the labelling of Arabidopsis cultured mitotic cells (Kotogany et al. Plant Methods 2010  6:5). read full comment

Comment on: Stronghill et al. Plant Methods, 10:33

Correction in results: percentage of boys (Tamara Krivokapic, 11 December 2014)

I am writing this comment as one of the co-authors after I corresponded with the main author of this article Dr Snezana Radic regarding the mistake which was done in percentage of boys in results. In results there should be  49.9% of boys instead of 59.9%. Thank you for understanding and our apology for any inconvenience.   read full comment

Comment on: Radic et al. Clinical and Translational Allergy, 4:P51

Authors’ response to Dr Jens Tøbøll Mortenssen’s comments to our article Bit-related lesions in Icelandic competition horses (Sigridur Bjornsdottir, 09 December 2014)

The comments include three major... read full comment

Comment on: Björnsdóttir et al. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 56:40

Availability of dataset used for verification (Omar Castillo, 09 December 2014)

Although they declared that they retreived the manually curated gene data for verification from some project's databases, could the authors make the dataset for verification mentioned in "Results and discussion" available? read full comment

Comment on: Zhang et al. BMC Systems Biology, 6:S22

A comment on bit-related lesions in Icelandic horses. (Jens Tolboll Mortensen, 08 December 2014)

In Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 2014, 56:40 Björnsdottir et al presented an investigation on Icelandic horses, in which they concluded that bit related lesions in the mouth was a general problem in competition horses and that the use of a particular bit, curb bit with a port, was a decisive risk factor for lesions on the bars of the... read full comment

Comment on: Björnsdóttir et al. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 56:40

is levosimendan improving the kidney function after cardiac surgery ? (ahmet dolapoglu, 08 December 2014)

Congratulations on the valuable study, once again, reinforcing the importance of early administration of Levosimendan by paying attention to improved kidney function after cardiac surgery.  After reading the article, I have come up with some suggestions and questions related to this... read full comment

Comment on: Balzer et al. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 9:167

Addendum to Acknowledgement (Anna-Leena Siren, 08 December 2014)

The Acknowledgements section of this paper should include the following sentence:   We thank the Bio-Imaging Facility of the Rudolf Virchow Center for support in fluorescence imaging.   read full comment

Comment on: Stetter et al. Experimental & Translational Stroke Medicine, 5:9

Correction to Table 2 (Krista Varady, 05 December 2014)

Due to data entry errors, the Energy (kcal) values in Table 2 are incorrect. The correct values are as follows: IFCR-L week 10: 1655 kcal, IFCR-L change: -53 kcal.
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Comment on: Kroeger et al. Nutrition & Metabolism, 9:98

Corrections to Table 3. (Chinmoy Sarkar, 05 December 2014)

The authors will like to apologize for their oversight in the Table 3 of the paper and incorporate the following... read full comment

Comment on: Sarkar et al. BMC Public Health, 13:695

Additional data supporting a negative prognostic impact of oral glucocorticoids (Magnus Ekström, 05 December 2014)

I read with interest the paper by Horita et al., which is an observational study of the association between exposure to oral glucocorticoids and overall survival among COPD patients in the placebo arm of a randomized... read full comment

Comment on: Horita et al. Respiratory Research, 15:37

Lack of information about methodology (Margaret Cooley, 05 December 2014)

The methods section of this paper is missing some important details that would allow appropriate assessment of the results. NO information is given about the quantitative PCR methods (primers, temperatures cycle nos etc). This is extremely important in this case, as without information about the primers and their specificity, it is impossible to evaluate why no mRNA for the mutant CFTR was detected in cftr negative cells (a DelF508 mutation still produces... read full comment

Comment on: Kushwah et al. Respiratory Research, 14:138

Update to Addtl. file 2 by the authors. (Lex Flagel, 03 December 2014)

When creating Addtl. file 2 we inadvertently omitted several unigene sequences.  The complete set of unigene sequences can be downloaded from the link below: note the fasta file is compressed with bzip2. read full comment

Comment on: Flagel et al. BMC Genomics, 15:195