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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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Highlights of the BMC series: August 2018

BMC Gastroenterology: Preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea using probiotics Antibiotics can have a number of side effects, the most common being gastro-intestinal such as diarrhea. Antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) is caused by antibiotics disrupting the ecology of the intestinal microbiota, altering the diversity and numbers of bacteria in the gut. This can lead to long-lasting effects on the balance of the intestinal microbiota and consequently on the patient’s susceptibility to infection and other diseases. In an article published in BMC Gastroenterology, Kort et al. present a practical guide to the use of probiotics for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. The researchers found that...

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Wolbachia is ready for prime time!

Despite advances with the development of a vaccine, dengue continues to be a major mosquito-borne viral infection in many parts of the world, impacting 100 million people per year. A new paper popped up recently on Gates Open Research, the open peer review/preprint website of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that provides evidence of another successful tool to combat this disease. The paper was written by Scott O’Neill, faculty at Monash University and Director at the World Mosquito Program, and his coauthors at Monash and at James Cook University in Cairns. The article describes the successful scaled deployment...

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