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A new systematic review in BMC Medicine looks to assess how accurately screening instruments can classify those with an episode of low back pain who will have a poor outcome. Here author, Emma Karran, tells us more:
In order to provide the most effective treatment for low back pain and to treat those most in need, screening instruments can be used to best allocate care; however there is uncertainty over their prognostic performance. Published today in BMC Medicine, a new systematic review looks to assess how accurately screening instruments can classify those with an episode of low back pain who will have a poor outcome. Here author, Emma Karran, tells us mo...
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BMC Cancer 2016 highlights

Throughout 2016, BMC Cancer has published a range of articles which have been enlightening and provided further understanding of the field. Here are some of the highlights:
Throughout 2016, BMC Cancer has published a range of articles which have been enlightening and provided further understanding of the field. Here are some of the highlights
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There's more to science than just being a scientist

Next in our 'Science > Careers’ series Tasha Sims discusses working at Regeneron as a Program Manager and Clinical Scientist:
Next in our 'Science > Careers’ series Tasha Sims discusses working at Regeneron as a Program Manager and Clinical Scientist.
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New Synura species identified

See images of three newly recorded Synura species, here:
Published today in the Journal of Ecology and Environment, authors form Kyungpook National University in Korea, report the first finding of three newly recorded Synura species. Synura are a small group of heterokont algae, they are colonial and have silica scales: the ultrastructure of which are used for classification. Here we share images form the... Read more »
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Best images of BMC Plant Biology in 2016

In this blog, the Editor of BMC Plant Biology picks the best images from the journal in 2016:
These just a few of the images published in BMC Plant Biology in 2016. We look back, in chronological order, at the Editors favorite picks.
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Centrality of α-synuclein in pesticide related Parkinson’s disease

New research uses several lines of evidence to show the central role of α-synuclein in Parkinson’s disease pathogenesis. The authors tell us more here:
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An interview with Patrick Hoffmann of the Health Directorate Luxembourg on the European Joint Action’s impact on harm reduction in prisons:
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Give your liver a rest this month

Look at the latest registered research around alcohol this #DryJanuary: 
Many who have overindulged over Christmas and New Year may be tempted to give up alcohol entirely for January. In this blog ISRCTN looks at recently registered research about ‘the demon drink’.
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Improving outcomes in cardiac surgery using a placebo

Published today in BMC Medicine a new study looks at the placebo effect and how it can be utilized to improve the long-term outcome in heart surgery patients. In this blog the authors of the study discuss their findings and explore how patient expectations are a major mechanism that causes the placebo effect:
Published today in BMC Medicine a new study looks at the placebo effect and how it can be utilized to improve the long-term outcome in heart surgery patients. In this blog the authors of the study discuss their findings and explore how patient expectations are a major mechanism that causes the placebo effect.
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2016 has been an exciting year for BMC Psychology! We published an exciting array of papers covering a wide range of topics and launched our trial of Results-free peer review. Now that 2017 is upon us, we look back at a few of the highlights of the past 12 months in the journal.
2016 has been an exciting year for BMC Psychology! We published an exciting array of papers covering a wide range of topics and launched our trial of Results-free peer review. Now that 2017 is upon us, we look back at a few of the highlights of the past 12 months in the journal.
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Worrying gaps in people's awareness of alcohol and cancer

Almost 9 in 10 people surveyed in a recent study did not associate alcohol with an increased risk of cancer. This blog, originally on the Cancer Research UK network, discusses this research and public misconceptions:
Published today in BMC Public Health a new study highlights worrying gaps in the UK public's awareness of cancer risks associated with alcohol. Cancer Research UK have previously presented the data from the study as a report. The contents of this blog post were written and created by CRUK and the original blog by Lucie Hooper can be read here.
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‘Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health’

An interview with Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Open journal Injury Epidemiology Professor Guohua Li after APHA 2016:
Earlier this month the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting took place in Denver. The event brought more than 12,000 health professionals together, from across the U.S and the rest of world, to discuss issues related to this year’s theme ‘Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health’. Attending the event was Journal Development Editor Helen Metherell and Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Open journal Injury Epide...
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