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Big data, big ethics: how to handle research data from medical emergency settings?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a major health problem that accounts for 20% of all natural deaths in Europe. People with SCA die within minutes if not treated immediately, and global average survival rates are only 7%. In order to improve these numbers, we need insight into the complex sets of factors causing SCA and determining survival. This requires data, and a lot of it. In studies that collect genetic information, an additional ethical concern relates to the disclosure of clinically actionable findings. Large patient cohorts have been set up around the world, including in Europe where the ESCAPE-NET...

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Alcohol as part of ‘care practices’ in White British women’s everyday personal relationships

In Britain, drinking alcohol is a common practice among White British women; in 2016, just over half of this population had consumed alcohol in the last week. While most White British women keep their consumption within the recommended safe limits, patterns of heavy drinking associated with long and short term health and social harms have increased in the last 40 years. Studies have shown that women consume more alcohol in private (e.g. their own and others people’s homes) than in public settings (e.g. pubs and bars) and that heavy drinking can occur in couple relationships as well as non-family relationships...

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Criminal background and job performance

© monkeybusinessimages / Getty Images / iStock This post was crossposted from the SpringerOpen blog. Over 650,000 individuals are released from U.S prison each year, with many others receiving criminal sentences than do not result in prison. Employers are reluctant to hire job applicants with criminal records, and criminal background checks are a common part of job applications. Six months or so after release, 50 to 80 percent of the formerly incarcerated are not employed in the legitimate labor market. Over half of released prisoners are reconvicted within three years, and a failure to obtain legitimate employment is one...

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Mind altering microbes: can Toxoplasma gondii infection increase entrepreneurship?

At least a third of the world’s human population is thought to be infected with Toxoplasmosis gondii. Scary as this sounds, infection usually does not manifest in acute symptoms in human adults, and this is termed latent chronic infection. It is in those with weakened immune system (babies and sick people) where infection can result in severe symptoms or even death. Toxoplasma gondii’s definitive hosts are cats, but it can infect many mammals including rats and humans. It is already well established that the parasite can alter the behavior of rats, making them take risky actions in front of...

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BMC Energy – open for submissions!

BMC Energy opened for submissions on 14th August and was officially launched at the American Chemical Society Fall Meeting in Boston with a reception held at the Springer Nature booth. The journal is broad in scope and sits within the BMC Series, adhering to the BMC values of openness and inclusion. Whilst the journal covers all aspects of energy research, there is a distinct focus on sustainable energy. The topic of energy research was chosen for this latest launch due to the increasing importance and the growth in research output of this field. Across the globe governments and businesses...

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