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The Black Death. Could it ever make a comeback?

The bubonic plague devastated the realms of Europe, killing millions, & breaking down the #Medieval feudal system. But is this #disease limited to the history books?

The plague today
Unfortunately not - we can still see the plague across our planet. We see cases of the bubonic plague in the Middle East to the USA. It's time to get aware. 

Could we see another pandemic in the near future?
The answer is: "It's possible." With climate change heating up the planet, we will see an increase in bacterial division, and the animals carrying this disease will seek new shelter. 

However, with antibiotic resistance becoming a growing concern, this threat may be a serious one!

Interested in learning more? Our latest blog tries to provide some insights: http://bit.ly/1mzhRK2
The Black Death(or bubonic plague to give it its official name) was a great pandemic, peaking in 1346–53, that devastated the realms of Europe, killing millions of people and depleting populations. But is this a disease confined forever to the history books or is it a dormant threat? The Black Death didn’t just kill people when it first struck in Europe in the 14th century, it made a cultural, political, economic, and religious impact on the mas...
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What would we do without antibiotics?
We often seem to take #antibiotics for granted, but they have been vital in ensuring our survival. 

In the past 
Penicillin was discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, & it changed the world. Thanks to antibiotics we are safe from diseases that could have once killed us very easily.

The present
Now thanks to bacterial #evolution & overprescription we are seeing a rising threat of antibiotic resistance that could throw us back into the dark ages. 

In intensive care units (ICU), we see the Enterobacteriaceae bacterium is growing resistant to major antibiotic families. Not only that but it's a large cause of death.

The future
Global groups are coming together to combat the problems, with an aim to fight overprescription & to discovery new antibiotics. 

But, how will they do this? What else can we do to stop this rising threat? Check out the blog for more information!:
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It is quite a worry +Frank Gainsford . Antibiotic resistant bacteria are hard to treat. The post says it correctly, but I've not read the article. 
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A new blood test for predicting breast cancer?

Researchers of University College London uncovered a genetic 'early marker' for breast cancer in blood. This new finding could lead to more accurate, earlier diagnoses - which, in turn, could save a great deal of lives. 

Learn more about this exciting new finding in our blog: 
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Caught in the web?

The Internet is more addictive than you'd think - & many have fallen into its web. But that's not the only problem these people may face...

Researchers from National University of Singapore have found an association between Internet ‪addiction‬ & mental illnesses, such as #depression , & ADHD. An interesting read for ‪psychiatry‬ enthusiasts.

Check out the open access research for more: http://bit.ly/1pe40fH
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The brain meningitis kills 2 in 10, 50% totaling 7 maimed and there are only 3 healthy life
Spain million spent on bird flu vaccine that is useless and not spend it in the brain meningistis
Please help, my godson is dying Meningitis and Encephalitis in Spanish hospital, there is a lack of resources, The government to cut the financial means, 
you can die waiting for results or drugs, please help is a young 30-year Commitment, it is very serious in intensive care in hospitalhttp://www.bellvitgehospital.cat/index.html
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   his name is Carlos Prats Huertas 
Please help, my godson is dying 
Doctors shut up, shut up health and patients die in Spain and the economic crisis a Chinese story sucks the European Community as the Germans
The brain meningitis kills 2 in 10, 50% totaling 7 maimed and there are only 3 healthy life
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Is there too much alcohol advertising in #football games?

The World Cup ( #WorldCup2014) kicks off today! Many of us will be sitting back to watch a match. Little do we know, we're bombarded with advertisements - & most of them focus on alcohol. Feeling thirsty? 

Are these ads bad for our #health ? You'd be surprised! Check out the blog to learn more:
With the World Cup kicking off today, it’s time to brace ourselves for the highs and lows of a month of football. But disappointment may not be the only danger for fans as the tournament gets underway. In this guest post, Dr Jean Adams, a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Newcastle University, UK, tells us about her latest research into alcohol advertising in football, published last month in BMC Public Health. Just like the weather here in th...
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Going on holiday? Planning a vacation?

Then keep an eye out for these creepy crawlies. Today is Insect Repellent Awareness Day (#BugOff). We celebrate with our BugFiles, giving you the low down on #bugs, diseases & how to protect yourself. Read our latest blog for more: http://bit.ly/U94ZjJ
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Thanx for this great travel related post...
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+BioMed Central have blogged about what we are up to at #ISMB2014 . If you are there come and talk to us on the BMC booth, help celebrate our 2nd birthday, and also come and grab some cool GigaScience swag #ISMB  
This week a few of us here at BioMed Central are off to Boston for ISCB’s annual ISMB conference and its Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings. First thing’s first: We’ll be giving away cool swag like our new Bruce Lee/Kill Bill inspired GigaScience Open Data tshirts. Our 8GB GigaPanda USB drives will also be making a repeat appearance. Where can you get these? We’ll be at booths #419 and #420 and would love to chat to you about open peer-review ...
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The failure rate for clinical trials with Alzheimer's disease. It's time to raise our game

Researchers of +Cleveland Clinic have found the failure rate of clinical trials for #Alzheimers disease drug development is 99.6%. But what does this mean?

In this guest blog, Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research at +Alzheimer's Research UK, discusses the challenges we are facing in tackling this devastating condition, & what we can do to address them: 
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"Can you show us that again please?" Why #science  NEEDS reproducibility

Should research only be conducted once? Of course not!

In order for science to move forward we need our findings to be replicable. Guest blogger, David Stern stresses the importance of reproducibility in research in our latest post:
For almost thirty years, David Stern has been obsessed with the fact that male fruit flies ‘sing’ to females. His work on this problem, published today in BMC Biology, has got him thinking about reproducibility in science. In this guest post, he sets out his prescription to help scientists check whether research results are reliable As an undergraduate at Cornell in 1985, I looked for a research problem that combined my interests in genetics, ev...
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Cash down the drain?

#Constipation affects us all, but it's more expensive than you'd think. Drugs for constipation are costing the US around $12.7 billion. Now that's a lot of money! We could easily cut these costs by adopting a healthier #diet & the enlisting friendly bacteria. 

Our latest blog provides the top tips for combating constipation:
Constipation: it’s not something we actively discuss with others. It’s an embarrassing topic that we try to avoid, even though it’s an undeniably common condition that affects all ages. The irony is, we end up keeping it all in (no pun intended) and I want to investigate some of the research. Would you take a vibrating pill? That’s a question that’s been asked in the news recently. But perhaps we need to ask ourselves, how much would this cost?...
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This week is #Men's Health Week (#MHW14)! 

There are huge (often hidden) demands on men to maintain a good physique. These pressures often take a toll on the #health of men, leading to eating disorders, substance abuse, & muscle dysmorphia (also known as 'bigorexia'). 

Eating disorders happen to everyone. It's time to get aware of this overlooked issue. Read our blog for more:
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What's the relationship between our bowels & our #brain?

Scientists have been fascinated with the #gut-brain axis for decades. But what have they found? Psychological #stress can impact the bowels, & #parasites can influence the mind. (You may want to consider what you eat!)

Learn more about the fascinating findings in our latest blog:
What is the nature of the relationship between the brain and the gut? This is a question that has fascinated scientists and clinicians for decades, and there appears to be no simple answer to it. It seems the more research that is done on this topic, the more complex and extensive the interactions are found to be. This communication between the endocrine and nervous systems has been termed the gut-brain axis (or brain-gut axis), and is thought to...
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