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BMC Series Focus Issue

August: Health Disparities

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With World Humanitarian Day falling on 19th August, the BMC Series decided to focus on health disparities in August’s focus issue. Browse our biology, chemistry and medical titles for insight into health disparities, including racial health disparities, socioeconomic health disparities and regional disparities

BMC Public Health is recruiting new Associate Editors

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Can mathematical modelling solve the current Covid-19 crisis?

Dr Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, Associate Editor for BMC Public Health, discusses the Oxford and Imperial mathematical models for COVID-19 in this Editorial.

Featured blog: Integrating Domestic Violence Prevention and Mitigation into Global COVID-19 Preparedness and Relief Efforts

Dr Nafisa Halim, Associate Editor for BMC Public Health discusses the recent increase in domestic violence in light of COVID-19 lockdowns and how prevention is key.

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

Find a selection of articles published across Springer Nature, as well as additional commentary and books relevant to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research.

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Supporting equity in academic publishing

New Content ItemAt BMC, we strive to be inclusive and provide equal opportunities to authors based in low- and middle-income countries who might face challenges in publishing their work. Follow us here for guidance on submitting your research to the BMC Series and get in touch with feedback on what else we can do to help move to a more equitable publishing system.

Vaping epidemic a major threat to public health

26th March 2020: As vaping can cause dangerous lung and respiratory problems, public health experts are concerned that it could aggravate COVID-19 symptoms.

With the CDC warning about a life-threatening vaping illness called EVALI, or 'E-cigarette or Vaping-Associated Lung Injury', this indicates that e-cigarette users may fall among the 'high-risk bracket' of those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Long term studies are needed as we still do not know the full effects of vaping and multiple mechanisms are likely involved in increased susceptibility to COVID-19. 

Carrying out research on e-cigarettes or vaping? We would be delighted to consider this. Submit your work here

Want to learn more about vaping? Visit our dedicated page to view research published in BMC Public Health.

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Featured article & blog: The challenge of misinformation during disease outbreaks

New Content Item The characterization of Ebola-related tweets from the Ebola communication crisis of 2014 may help to improve communication practices in future outbreaks.

The authors discuss their findings here.

Editor's Picks

The NHS visitor and migrant cost recovery programme – a threat to health?

Since the introduction of the NHS Cost Recovery Program, there has been a significant delay for TB treatment among non-UK born patients.

Subjective social status is an important determinant of perceived stress among adolescents: a cross-sectional study

There is a strong association between low subjective social status in both society and school and a high level of perceived stress in adolescents, particularly in girls.


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Featured collection: Ebola research highlights

New Content ItemOn 17 July 2019, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. Please click here to find relevant research published in BMC Public Health and other journals.

Call for Papers

Collection open for submissions: Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

This cross-journal collection brings together in one place articles outlining diseases (and their vectors) that are likely to spread or are already spreading across borders due to the effects of climate change. The impact of policy implementation or interventions designed to contain the spread of infectious diseases, and studies that could inform future global policy or practical solutions are very much welcome. A full list of participating journals can be found following the link above. Deadline: 31 December 2020

Collection open for submissions: Environmental justice and policy research

This cross-journal collection calls for papers from a broad range of subject areas that shed light on the contribution that evidence-based research can give to develop better practices and policies towards stronger environmental justice.

Collection open for submissions: Developments in global tobacco and alcohol policy

This cross-journal collection aims to bring together a selection of the latest research and developments surrounding global alcohol and tobacco policy, from a variety of different viewpoints.

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