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The Importance of Recognizing Disability in Midlife: Questions and Answer

The BMC Journal, Women’s Midlife Health, is running a thematic series titled “Disability in Midlife.” The series aims to highlight women in this specific subgroup. Recently, the blog team at BMC got a chance to speak with the series’ guest editors, Dr. Carrie Karvonen-Guitierrez, from The University of Michigan School of Public Health and Elsa Strotmeyer from the University of Pittsburgh, about the blog. There is currently an open Call For Papers for all those who would like to submit to the series. How did the idea for this thematic series come about? What was the inspiration? Disability and...

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Drugs, Tayto CRISP[R]s and other parasite craic in Belfast

Venue for the BSP conference, Riddel Hall. (Photo Couretsy of John Gilleard) First of all, thanks to Dr. Paul McVeigh for bringing together a stimulating set of speakers from across Europe and North America, to participate in the British Society for Parasitology Autumn Symposium on ‘Post-genomic progress in helminth parasitology’. The meeting was held at Riddel Hall, a Grade-2 listed red-brick building, established in 1913 as a Queens University hall of residence for women. This was made possible by the hard work of Irish feminists which lead to courses and degrees in all Irish universities being made open to...

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Investing in Breastmilk

In early August 2019, Australian health ministers quietly released a National Breastfeeding Strategy (ANBS). Its bold vision is a society which ‘values’ breastfeeding and doubles its breastfeeding rates. Yet more breastfeeding does not come free. Are governments ‘willing to pay’? Who invests in valuable milk production? Australian governments are demonstrably ‘willing to pay’ for dairy production. Historically they have invested heavily in dairy support policies and subsidies and responded strongly to ‘$1 milk’ hurting dairy producers financially. Medical scientists see breastmilk as ‘personalized medicine’, with a commercial value exceeding $100-$300 a liter. Yet governments have failed to invest in...

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Why Pimping, the Practice, and the Word—Should Be Eradicated from Medicine

© skynesher / Getty Images / iStock It is the first month of medical school, and you hear the word pimping in an unfamiliar context: medical education. You learn that pimping, also known as “toxic quizzing”, happens when a junior trainee is asked a series of obscure or intentionally unanswerable questions, usually publicly, by a more senior physician. You may adopt pimping into your vocabulary, which is already rapidly expanding with medical terminology. Or you may not be able to shake the colloquial connotations of pimping – a form of sex-trafficking – and you may silently disengage when classmates...

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Highlights of the BMC series: September 2019

BMC Surgery – Novel biodegradable magnesium alloy clips compared with titanium clips for hepatectomy in a rat model Metal clips are widely used for surgical procedures such as wound closure, vessel ligation or bowel reconstruction. Unfortunately, most of the currently used metal clips are made of titanium or titanium alloys which, when exposed to a magnetic field, can interfere with imaging techniques and induce local tissue damages. The need to find an alternative to titanium is, therefore, a surgical necessity. As of late, magnesium alloys have shown promising properties for surgical use due to their excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability....

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