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    Aging, metabolism and cancer

    David Gius and colleagues review the evidence that sirtiuns are tumor suppressor proteins that regulate mitochondrial metabolism, thereby linking aging mechanisms with carcinogenesis

    Cancer & Metabolism 2014, 2:15
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    Emerging picornaviruses in Hong Kong

    Human parechovirus, Aichi virus and salivirus were found in fecal samples from children in Hong Kong with gastroenteritis, providing the first information on the epidemiology of these emerging viruses in this region.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:182
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    Visual impairment linked to comorbidities

    Patients over 65 years with visual impairment are more likely to have physical and mental comorbidities in comparison to their peers without visual impairment, indicating the need for specialized care to address individual needs in this patient group.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:181
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    Genes, environment & breast cancer

    Evidence suggests that gene-environment interactions could modify breast cancer risk; Olivia Fletcher and Frank Dudbridge discuss progress in elucidating these interactions, highlighting that further validation in large cohort studies is required.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:195
  • Not all cows are epidemiologically equal

    The authors investigated bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) transmission risk by combining statistical analysis of real serological data from surveyed beef and dairy herds with simulated data from a dynamic model.

    Veterinary Research 2014, 45:110
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    Limited diversity in AMA 1 malaria antigen

    Antigenic diversity of apical membrane antigen 1 (AMA1) in Plasmodium falciparum malaria is restricted to three alleles, suggesting that a multi-allele vaccine targeting limited AMA1 variants should confer protection against malaria.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:183
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    Weight loss linked to HRQL in obese people

    In severely obese people, weight loss required for improvements in health-related quality of life (HRQL) is greater than conventional thresholds, and surgical treatment results in better HRQL, providing insights into effective weight loss strategies.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:175
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    SURFRing functional variants

    An R package that integrates functional annotation and biological knowledge to prioritize candidate functional variants, particularly in non-coding regions.

    Genome Medicine 2014, 6:79
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    Treating environmental enteropathy

    William Petri et al. comment on a recent trial showing that an anti-inflammatory drug is safe to treat environmental enteropathy (EE) in malnourished children, and indicate that although preliminary, this approach holds promise for the treatment of EE.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:187
  • House fly genome

    The house fly genome shows that it is genetically adapted to high pathogen loads and living in association with animal waste

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:466
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    Fungal Biology and Biotechnology has launched

    We are pleased to announce that Fungal Biology and Biotechnology (FBB) has launched.

    FBB is our first dedicated fungal journal. It publishes articles on all aspects of fungal research from basic biology to applied science. Read the launch Editorial by the two Editors-in-Chief, Alexander Idnurm and Vera Meyer, a fantastic Review from Claudio Scazzocchio and the first published research articles.  

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    Gynecologic Oncology Research and Practice has now launched

    We are pleased to announce that Gynecologic Oncology Research and Practice has published its first articles with BioMed Central.

    Edited by Robert L Coleman, Thomas J Herzog, and Bradley J Monk, Gynecologic Oncology Research and Practice is a new journal that publishes articles on the pathophysiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all cancers of the female reproductive system.

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    Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines is now accepting submissions

    It is a pleasure to announce that Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines is now accepting submissions.

    Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines will publish basic, clinical and translational research and reviews related to the prevention and management of healthcare and diseases in international travelers. It is the first open access journal in the field of travel medicine and the first journal to focus on these three interrelated clinical specialties.

    The Editor in Chief is Mark Riddle, Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy and board certified in General Public Health & Preventive Medicine. Cmdr. Riddle is also an Associate Editor of BMC Gastroenterology. He is joined by a distinguished editorial board of researchers and clinicians from all continents (except Antarctica).

    This journal is an excellent new addition to our infectious diseases portfolio.

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    Avian Research has now fully launched

    We are delighted to announce that Avian Research has now fully launched and published its first articles.

    Avian Research, previously entitled 'Chinese Birds', is jointly sponsored by Beijing Forestry University and the China Ornithological Society. It publishes research articles and reviews on all aspects of ornithology including research in fossil birds.

    The Editor-in-Chief of Avian Research is Professor Guangmei Zheng, Beijing Normal University, China. Prof. Zheng is an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, as well as a senior member of International Ornithological Committee, vice-Chairman of World Pheasant Association and President of China Ornithological Society. Under his leadership, a well-established international editorial board has been recruited.

    For more information please take a look at the launch editorial by Deputy Editor-in-Chief Prof. Yong Wang and Editor-in-Chief Prof. Guangmei Zheng.

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