Month: September 2019

BMC Medicine at ESC Congress 2019

Alessandro Recchioni Outcome disparities between rich and poor Professor Annika Rosengren from the University of Gothenburg presented a talk focusing on acute coronary syndromes. She argued that no study so far has used consistent methods to compare the incidence of cardiovascular disorders (CVD) by socioeconomic status. People with low education tend to show consistently higher rates of CVD across all incomes, and this is particularly pronounced in low-income countries. Although studies are being performed, she noted that a large number of results have been around for years, and new data is urgently required to address the issue. People with...

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World Food Day 2019: encouraging healthy diets for a #zerohunger world

© AlexRaths / Getty Images / iStock According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are now more people in the world who are obese than are malnourished. Unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles are now the biggest risk factor for disability and death worldwide. Food diversity is reducing, which means that the food supply is more vulnerable to climate change Food diversity is reducing, which means that the food supply is more vulnerable to climate change, and environmental damage from farming animals for meat and dairy is increasing. For World Food Day 2019, the FAO is...

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World Contraception Day: Unintended Pregnancy in America

Condoms are the most common form of birth control throughout most of the world. A pair of condoms. The unintended pregnancy rate in America is astoundingly high (nearly 50%) and minority women, particularly Black and Hispanic women are at almost twice the risk of unintended pregnancies as Caucasian. The negative implications of an unintended pregnancy can affect a woman’s social, emotional and financial stability. On a national and worldwide level, unintended pregnancies have a significant societal impact, contributing to national debt and poverty. With major advances in Family Planning in the forms of sexual health education and access to...

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Advancements in Prostate Cancer Research – ABI1 becomes EMT Influencer

Prostate Cancer: The ‘Silent Killer’Little is known about ways to stop or prevent metastatic prostate cancer. Prostate cancer occurs in 1.1 million men worldwide. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in American men surpassing new cases of lung, colon, bladder and melanoma (Figure 1). Figure 1. Cancer statistics in the U.S. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in and the second most common cause of death America men. Top panel, 2019 estimated new cases of cancer. Bottom panel, 2019 estimated deaths from cancer (Cancer Facts and Figures 2019, American Cancer Society). Despite the significant advancement in research...

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Meet the winners of the Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2019

Vito Colella, University of Melbourne, Australia (left) and Amanda Duarte Barbosa, Murdoch University, (right), winners of the Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2019. Now at its 6th edition, the Prize honours the late Odile Bain’s commitment to medical and veterinary parasitology and the spirit of collaboration she fostered among biologists, veterinarians, physicians, and fundamental and applied parasitologists around the world. The prize was awarded during the 27th Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP 2019) in Madison, Wisconsin (USA). This year, the winners are Vito Colella, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Amanda Duarte Barbosa, Murdoch...

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