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  • A forum on the Mediterranean diet

    The Mediterranean diet is linked to many health benefits, but disparities exist in the definition of this dietary pattern; experts across the globe outline what constitutes a Mediterranean diet, how definitions vary, and ways to study its effects.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:112
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    Increasing evidence shows that dietary habits and mental health are strongly connected.

    Urbanization is changing our diet, which may affect our mental health via various pathways. Evolutionary mismatch--the gap between our physiology adapted to traditional life and modernized food environment--is one of the key issues.

    Journal of Physiological Anthropology 2014, 33:22
  • Satellite-tracked habitat use of basking sharks in the lower Gulf of Maine

    Satellite-linked tags were used to track movements and activity space in basking sharks, revealing significant habitat selection for shallow bottom and high primary production.

    Animal Biotelemetry 2014, 2:12
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    Re-contacting participants for dbGaP inclusion

    The NIH requires investigators to submit de-identified genomic data to dbGaP. This study explores the  feasibility of re-contact and finds a small proportion of participants oppose submitting data.

    Genome Medicine 2014, 6:54
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    What is a viral species?

    Systematist Townsend Peterson argues that definitions of viral species should be based more firmly on evolutionary data and suggests ways in which the current code should be modernised.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:131
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    Beyond ENCODE?

    In their open peer reviewed correspondence piece, Tagu and colleagues discuss the opportunities afforded by neoENCODE initiatives to understand how genetic systems react in the natural context of living ecosystems. Do comment!

    BMC Genomics 2014, 15:490
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    Epinephrine injectors inadequate for intramuscular delivery

    Current EpiPen® needle length may not be adequate for intramuscular delivery of epinephrine in women with food allergies, potentially impacting upon effective treatment of anaphylaxis.

    Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 2014, 10:39
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    Longer stay linked to TB

    Despite measures to prevent infection spread the number of days spent in hospital in Botswana is strongly associated with development of tuberculosis (TB) within 12 months of discharge, and with TB-related mortality.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:409
  • Protective effect of galantamine on brain atrophy rate

    Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor galantamine lowered the rate of whole brain atrophy, but not hippocampal atrophy, in mild cognitive impairment patients that carried the ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E only.

    Alzheimer's Research & Therapy 2014, 6:47
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    Video Q&A: Patient-led research

    Paul Wicks, Vice President of PatientsLikeMe, answers our questions about the challenges and benefits of participant-led research, discussing how this will influence future research, as well as its potential impact on personalized medicine.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:118
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