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Following baboons to understand differences in their behaviour

Some baboon species can be very aggressive, others friendly enough to shake each others penises as a greeting. Read more about the world of baboon behaviour:
Urs Kalbitzer is the author of research in BMC Evolutionary Biology on the genetic foundation of aggression in baboons. Here, he writes about baboons and why they're a good model for investigating inter-specific behavioral differences.
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Gut bacteria imbalance increases diabetes risk

Authors of a study in Nature discuss their research in this blog:
A study published recently in Nature investigates the importance of the gut microbiome in contributing to insulin resistance and hence therefore increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Authors of the research talk here about the findings.
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Deep brain stimulation for movement disorders

Ritesh A. Ramdhani, Editorial Board Member for Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders, discusses the use of deep brain stimulation for the treatment for many movement disorders:
In this guest blog, Ritesh A. Ramdhani Editorial Board Member for Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders, discusses the use of deep brain stimulation for the treatment for many movement disorders such as Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor and Dystonia.
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Big Data Analytics launched

A Q&A with Editor-in-Chief of Big Data Analytics to celebrate the launch of the journal:
Big Data Analytics launches today as a new journal aiming to provide a platform for the dissemination of research, current practices and future trends in the emerging discipline of big data analytics. We asked the Editor-in-Chief, Amir Hussain, more about the journal.
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*Health partnerships in global health8

Emily Burn from the Tropical Health & Education Trust talks about addressing the availability of health professionals globally through health partnerships:
Globalization and Health recently started an article series on health partnerships and how these could be an effective response to the global health agenda. The series has published several articles so far and here to explain more about it is Emily Burn from the Tropical Health & Education Trust.
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Engaging doctors with health care system management

New supplement gives an overview of a 4 year project on health care system management. More details in this blog:
A new supplement was recently published in BMC Health Services Research regarding medicine and management in European public hospitals. One of the Editors Kathy Hartley explains more about this topic here.
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The role of occupational hazards in depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders in first responders and military personnel

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Why breast cancer patients need more support than ever before

The importance of completing anti-oestrogen prescriptions, despite often tough side-effects:
Katherine Woods of Breast Cancer Now writes for us about a publication in Breast Cancer Research today, explaining why prescriptions for breast cancer are more effective when followed through to completion, and why this is not always as easy to do as it sounds.
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A genome for the olive tree

Toni Gabaldón on the sequencing of the olive tree genome & his love of olive oil:
As an indigenous Mediterranean, I must confess I am an olive oil addict. At home, we acquire this golden and delicious liquid in large quantities, as we use it in almost every dish. Luckily my confessed addiction is nothing to worry much about.
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Sexual signals keep the peace

BMC Evolutionary Biology recently published research investigating whether the sexual swellings of bonobos reliably signals ovulation to males. First author Pamela Heidi Douglas talks more about what they found and how this keeps the peace among the bonobo society:
BMC Evolutionary Biology recently published research investigating whether the sexual swellings of bonobos reliably signals ovulation to males. First author Pamela Heidi Douglas talks more about what they found and how this keeps the peace among the bonobo society.
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From research to policy - how much evidence is needed?

Discussing a recent Editorial on evidence and policy change:
Senior Editor for Advances in Simulation, Ryan Brydges, recently published an Editorial discussing how much evidence is needed in order to support policy change and he explains more about it in this guest blog.
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Evolution of the tiger shark

Investigating the footprints left by the evolution of tiger sharks' reproductive systems:
Tiger sharks are notorious for having the widest food range of any shark, eating anything from fish, to birds, to dolphins. Less well-known, but equally unusual, they are one of the few species who have evolved to lose the placenta with which both their ancestors and living relatives feed their developing young. As shown by new research, published this week in BMC Evolutionary Biology, this dramatic shift in reproductive strategy has left clear f...
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