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Backstory Podcast: Dr. Madhukar Pai discusses the UN High Level Meeting to End TB

© bobiwankanobi / Getty Images / iStock To mark the historic first United Nations High Level Meeting to End TB on September 26th, 2018, BMC Medicine introduces our new podcast series, Backstory. Through the voices and stories of authors, experts, policymakers, and advocates, Backstory will help you better understand and put into context the latest research and news that impact human health and disease. In our first Backstory, we talk with Dr. Madhukar Pai from the McGill International TB Centre about the global TB epidemic and what he’ll be paying attention to on September 26th at the UN High...

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Using wireless motion sensors to improve movement control of the lower back

Have you ever had low back pain? If not, you probably know someone who has. About 80% of the population will experience at least one episode of low back pain in their life. Although in most cases the problem is resolved within a few weeks, pain flare-ups are common and some people will develop chronic low back pain (i.e. when the pain persists for more than 3 months). Chronic low back pain is a heterogeneous condition. For some people, mainly psychosocial factors (e.g. fear of movement) contribute to the persistence of their back pain. For others, physical factors (where...

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One Health and the community – the AfyaData tool

Training on the use of AfyaData to support national disease surveillance systems in Ulanga, Kilosa and Malinyi Districts, Tanzania Please could you describe why community-based surveillance is so important in the context of Emerging Infectious Diseases? Prof. Esron Karimuribo, the project leader (left), handling over desktop computer to Mr. Marcelin Ndimbwa, the Malinyi District Executive Director to support health data management in the district. The fact that disease outbreaks typically erupt at community level suggests that community is at the frontline position in the detection of unusual health events, particularly Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs). Engagement of local...

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A call for unity at TERMIS 2018

TERMIS 2018 took place during early September in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan, a place with a staggering collection of 1,600 temples, filled with UNESCO World Heritage sites and a history of more than 1,000 years. The meeting kicked off with the arrival of typhoon Jebi and despite the hindering conditions, the organizers, led by the Conference Chairs, Prof Yasuhiko Tabata and Prof Yoshiki Sawa (also the President of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine) in an admirable effort, ensured that all of the sessions went ahead uninterrupted, in what resulted to be an outstanding venue for ideas...

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