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    Bad backs and the evolution of bipedalism

    Human vertebrae with Schmorl’s nodes, indicative of disc herniation, share more similarities in shape with chimpanzee or orangutan vertebrae than do human vertebrae without Schmorl’s nodes, suggesting sufferers vertebrae are less well adapted to bipedalism.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:68
  • Researchers' and patients' views on training for patient and public involvement in clinical trials

    To inform the design of patient and public involvement (PPI) training, researchers and PPI contributors were interviewed; results indicate that training for researchers is beneficial, though informants were less inclined to support training for PPI contributors.

    Trials 2015, 16:190
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    New frogs emerge from an evergreen forest

    Three new species of spiny-throated reed frog are described from specimens collected in the Eastern African Afromontane biodiversity hotspot; the limited ranges of the new species raises concerns about their conservation.

    BMC Research Notes 2015, 8:167
  • Bumblebee immune repertoire

    Bumblebees, honeybees and a solitary bee have similar numbers of immune genes so immune gene complement is not linked to sociality

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:83
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    Cigars as harmful as cigarettes

    Evidence from the literature suggests that some risks associated with cigar smoking can be as high or higher than those associated with cigarette smoking, especially at the highest doses and levels of inhalation for cigar smoking.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:390
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    Thrombocytopenia ineffective for malaria triage

    Thrombocytopenia is associated with disease severity in patients with falciparum malaria, but is no better than established indices to predict patient prognosis, suggesting that thrombocytopenia has limited value in malaria triage and management.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:97
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    Thyroxine levels linked to AMD

    Higher levels of free thyroxine are associated with increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinal pigment alterations, highlighting a potential role of thyroid hormone signaling in the development of AMD.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:94
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    Insufficient PUFAs in therapeutic foods

    Ready-to-use therapeutic foods, used to treat children with acute malnutrition, do not meet polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) requirements unless supplemented with both n-3 PUFA and fish oil capsules, suggesting that formulations should be revised.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:93
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    Factors to consider in telehealthcare

    Carl May discusses the aims of the ARCHIE framework, and highlights that any patient engagement requires deeper understanding of factors that can affect the systems, including patient and healthcare worker needs and expectations.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:92
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    Thyroid function and AMD

    Till Itterman and Clemens Jürgens comment on research suggesting a link between thyroid function and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), concluding that further work is needed to better understand the role of thyroid hormones in AMD pathogenesis.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:95
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