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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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Anti-Dengue Day

June 15 is International Anti-Dengue Day, which is dedicated to awareness, prevention, treatment and control of dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical disease responsible for an estimated 96 million illnesses per year. Read more about the disease in this blog:
June 15 is International Anti-Dengue Day, which is dedicated to awareness, prevention, treatment and control of dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical disease responsible for an estimated 96 million illnesses per year.
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Editor of the year - José Belizán

Congratulations to our Editor of the year, José Belizán. Read an interview with him here:
Every year, both BMC-series Section Editors and Editors of our society and proprietary titles are nominated by BioMed Central staff for an award that acknowledges their hard work and achievements throughout the year. This year José Belizán was voted as Editor of the year so we asked him a few questions about his career, and what he thinks makes a good Editor-in-Chief.
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Growth spurts to blame for adolescent's walk

Research investigates the effect of rapid growth on the walking patterns of teenagers:
How does a growth spurt affect how adolescents walk? Guest writer Dr Maria Cristina Bisi explains that growing teenage boys are less smooth and regular than their non-growing friends, but that the body is remarkably good at compensating to keep them from falling.
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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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Peerage of Science

An interview with Founder of Peerage of Science on their aims and inspiration:
Following the successful relationship between BioMed Central and Peerage of Science, we have extended our partnership by signing up an additional four journals; BMC Genetics, BMC Genomics, BMC Plant Biology and the soon to be launched BMC Zoology. Founder and Managing Director Dr Janne-Tuomas Seppänen explains more about what Peerage of Science is and how it works.
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Sugar Tax - a good idea?

Editor for International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity answers some questions about the effect of introducing a sugar tax:
Editor for International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity answers our questions all about sugar tax, explaining why she thinks this is a good idea.
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Winners of the Breast Cancer Research Image Competition

Check out all the winning images in this blog - thanks to everyone that entered:
Breast Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Now are excited to announce the winners of their first joint image competition! We hope that you enjoy them...
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Plain packaging for cigarettes - does it work?

We look at what the research has to say, as the UK introduces mandatory plain packaging for cigarettes:
Following cigarette packaging legislation introduced in the UK, cigarette packs will now be a single color and covered with large health warning images. Studies on the health impact of standardized cigarette packs suggest they can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through. We look at some of the research on this topic, published in BMC Public Health.
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