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    Effects of radiation on Japanese butterflies

    Laboratory experiments show that eating food contaminated with even relatively low levels of radiation can have detrimental effects on pale grass blue butterflies, a common species in Japan; these effects are passed down the generations, but are reversible.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:193
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    Hypertension, diet and pregnancy

    Jodie Dodd and colleagues comment on a systematic review and meta-analysis suggesting that diet is linked to pre-eclampsia, highlighting that although the findings are limited by the included studies, adopting a healthy diet in pregnancy is important.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:176
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    Dietary factors linked to pre-eclampsia

    Evidence from a meta-analysis suggests that high energy intake and low levels of dietary calcium and magnesium are associated with pre-eclampsia, indicating that strategies to prevent hypertensive disorders of pregnancy should focus on diet.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:157
  • Searching for therapeutic targets in pancreatic cancer

    A new report characterizing the genome-wide DNA methylation patterns in pancreatic adenocarcinoma, using methylCap-seq.

    Clinical Epigenetics 2014, 6:18
  • Epigenetic effects of oral contraceptives

    Epigenetics may explain how sex hormones in women could influence risk of asthma after puberty.

    Clinical Epigenetics 2014, 6:17
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    India's experience of the 1918 flu

    The 1918 influenza pandemic initially entered India via Bombay (now Mumbai) and over time, and with distance from the city, showed a pattern of speed deceleration and decreased overall virulence but with a prolonged epidemic wave.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:510
  • The Angelina Jolie effect on breast cancer referrals

    The publicity surrounding actress Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo genetic testing for the BRCA1 gene and subsequently a risk reducing mastectomy has resulted in an increase of referrals to clinics in the UK.

    Breast Cancer Research 2014, 16:442
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    One fig, many wasps

    Fig trees and their pollinating wasps are a classic example of symbiosis; however, genetic analysis shows that five cryptic wasp species pollinate a single Australian fig species, a curious example of speciation despite the same underlying ecology.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:189
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    IBD, measles and vaccine safety

    Susy Yusung and Jonathan Braun comment on a modeling study suggesting no molecular mimicry between measles antigens and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), highlighting that the findings support the safety of pediatric MMR vaccines.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:166
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    New challenges for liver cirrhosis

    Peter Byass comments on new estimates for the global burden of liver cirrhosis mortality, highlighting the challenges of this analysis and discussing the ways in which the data could be used for risk-reduction strategies.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:159
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