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    SRST2 for genomic surveillance

    A read-mapping based tool for fast and accurate detection of genes, alleles and multi-locus sequence types from whole genome sequences for common bacterial pathogens.

    Genome Medicine 2014, 6:90
  • A window into the genome

    Tsompana and Buck provide an up-to-date analysis of chromatin accessibility assays, giving a perspective on future improvements necessary for moving the field of chromatin profiling forward.

    Epigenetics & Chromatin 2014, 7:33
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    Outbreak control guided by genome sequencing

    Whole genome sequencing of multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in a prolonged hospital outbreak in Birmingham, UK, advises on control and prevention strategies.

    Genome Medicine 2014, 6:70
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    Osteoarthritis patients susceptible to alphaviral infection

    Osteoblasts from osteoarthritis patients show enhanced susceptibility to Ross River virus infection, indicating osteoarthritis as a risk factor for alphavirus-induced bone pathology.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:189
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    Promiscuity pays

    Monogamous female Drosophila suffer decreased fertility compared to multiply mated females, apparently due to differing transcriptional changes in response to mating; monogamous females have a more virgin-like expression profile than promiscuous females.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:239
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    Discovery of a new Avian Bornavirus genotype

    A previously undescribed genotype of avian bornavirus was isolated from wild ducks in central Oklahoma, enhancing our knowledge on the genetic diversity and epidemiology of this virus.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:197
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    IGF-1 therapy effective for sudden deafness

    In a randomized clinical trial, sudden deafness refractory to systemic corticosteroid therapy is responsive to topical application of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), providing an alternative for patients resistant to systemic glucocorticoids.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:219
  • A methylation array of ethical concerns

    Methylation array data can identify individuals and convey protected health information, yet federal policy dictates that data from these arrays are deposited in publicly available databases.

    Clinical Epigenetics 2014, 6:28
  • Mobile DNA and genome evolution

    Session chairs from the "Mobile Genetic Elements and Genome Evolution 2014" Keystone Symposium earlier this year provide a comprehensive overview of the topics covered.

    Mobile DNA 2014, 5:26
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    How to improve hand hygiene compliance.

    Senior Hospital Managers think that hand hygiene programmes could be strengthened by taking into account patient interactions with non-clinical, as well as clinical, staff and by senior staff championing and mandating best practice initiatives.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:611
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    Journal of Compassionate Health Care (JCHC) has now fully launched

    This is the first open access journal that publishes leading research and perspectives in the growing field of compassionate health care. Read the Q+A with the Editors-in-Chief, Sue Shea and Christos Lionis, to find out more about the field and what they hope to achieve with the journal. 
    Click on the following links to dip into the first two research articles published and a case study by Robin Youngson, an international leader in compassionate healthcare.

     

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    Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders (JCMD) has now launched and published its first articles

    Edited by Dr Steven Frucht, JCMD focuses on scientific investigations into the diagnosis, evaluation and management of patients with involuntary movement disorders. The journal reviews, illustrates and emphasizes clinical phenomenology as an indispensable tool for the diagnosis and application of translational medicine to movement disorders. It also covers topics including Parkinson's disease, tremor, dystonia, myoclonus, Huntington's disease, tics, and pediatric movement disorders.

    For more information, please read the launch Editorial and an Editor Q&A with Dr Frucht published today in Biome.

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    Safety in Health is accepting submissions

    The journal encompasses global trends in healthcare affecting quality and safety. This includes patient safety, training and simulation, health economics, quality and process management, as well as critical incidents including the legal or regulatory aspects.

    For those wishing to submit a manuscript, click on the link for the instructions for authors and information about the journal's policies

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    Eye and Vision has fully launched

    We are delighted to announce that Eye and Vision has now fully launched with BioMed Central and published its first articles.

    Eye and Vision, supported by Wenzhou Medical University, is an interdisciplinary journal which covers both ophthalmology and optometry. It aims to keep the ophthalmologists and visual science specialists up-to-date with the latest development in theoretical, experimental and clinical investigations in eye and vision. In doing so, it will promote the exchange of innovative ideas and advanced information worldwide.

    For more information please take a look at the launch editorial by Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Jia Qu. 

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