Month: May 2019

Quitting smoking on World No Tobacco Day: what does the research say?

World No Tobacco Day 2019 Each year on May 31st, World No Tobacco Day is held to raise awareness on the harmful effects of smoking and to discourage tobacco use. One of the 2019 goals focuses on raising awareness on the “feasible actions and measures that key audiences, including the public and governments, can take to reduce the risks to lung health posed by tobacco”. While there are well-known interventions that can help people stop smoking, they may not be appropriate for all people in all places. Across various settings, technology can offer new ways of helping people to...

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What can a patient registry tell us about the course of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Courtesy of Dr. Laura Snyder Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, is a rare, debilitating lung disease that mainly affects individuals over the age of 60. IPF is characterized by progressive fibrosis (scarring) of the lungs, which leads to a loss of lung volume and an impaired ability of the lungs to exchange gases. Ultimately IPF is fatal. While IPF is always progressive, the rate at which it progresses differs between patients. At present, it is not possible to predict the course of the disease for an individual patient. This presents challenges both for the patients living with the disease...

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Suggestions in improving the transition from pediatric to adult care in patients with type 1 diabetes

© Aiden-Franklin / Getty Images / iStock Young adulthood can be a trying time for any person, but for people with type 1 diabetes, these years pose even more difficulties. They have the same challenges as a typical teen with trying to figure out the next steps in their education and life plans, but they need to do this while managing their diabetes and attending medical visits. During this tumultuous time, patients often worry about leaving behind their pediatric endocrinology support systems. Most patients transition to adult care between the ages of 18 to 21. This is a critical...

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Enriching the neuroscience data commons: An interview with the Editors-in-Chief of NeuroCommons

Gerd Altmann, Pixabay NeuroCommons is a new Open Access journal published with BMC that welcomes submissions from across the full breadth of the neurosciences. Today the journal is launching a call for papers to invite submissions that demonstrate why data sharing matters and show how data reuse is leading to new scientific insights. Read more about the new series and how to submit here. What is the intent of the Commons and how does NeuroCommons fit in? The concept of the Commons relates to a set of resources shared by a community or the public. In our field, anytime...

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The “No jab, no school” policy and vaccination efforts needed for measles elimination

© Monkey Business / In recent years, we have witnessed an upsurge of measles cases – even in wealthy nations with a well-established two-dose routine vaccination program and where coverage levels have been historically high. This complex phenomenon may have diverse causes depending on the region being studied. In high-income countries it is mainly ascribable to vaccine hesitancy, and to clustering of unvaccinated individuals in specific groups of the population. According to WHO, more than 80,000 people contracted measles in 2018 in the European Region, more than tripling the number in 2017 (over 25,000) which was already high....

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