Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine launches ‘Discovery’ section

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Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine launches ‘Discovery’ section and welcomes original research under a gold Open Access extension.

We have launched the ‘Discovery’ section within our journal Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine (ERMM) and now welcome high-quality, innovative original research papers to complement its authoritative ‘Reviews’ section. Authors who wish to publish their papers in ‘ERMM: Discovery’ will be able to do so under a gold Open Access model and payment of an article processing charge (APC). Reviews will continue to be accessed via a subscription to ERMM, with Open Access as an option for Review authors to choose should they wish to pay the APC.

ERMM has been publishing high-quality peer-refereed review articles since late 1997, which have proved a valuable forum for authoritative reviews in the area of molecular medicine. The Journal has an impressive Impact Factor of 6.628 (2012), which places it in a strong position amongst its competitors and this expansion will provide readers and authors with an enhanced resource for molecular medicine research.

ERMM: Discovery will be overseen and edited by Dr Julian Sale who will be working alongside the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Timothy Cox.

“We are delighted that Cambridge University Press has decided to enrich its portfolio of contemporary biological science by taking this publication initiative; it will incorporate new pages of experimental research to synergise with Expert Reviews. We welcome this innovative step and greatly look forward to receiving fresh discovery science in molecular medicine for competitive publication.”

Molecular medicine as a broad definition refers to elucidating the pathogenesis of disease at the molecular or physiological level, which may lead to the design of specific tools for disease diagnosis, treatment or prevention – this highlights the timeliness and importance of the Journal in the field. ERMM: Discovery will publish original work from across the full breadth of molecular medicine and pathology. Its scope mirrors that of ERMM: Reviews focussing on the molecular mechanisms of disease, diagnostics and therapy. The Journal particularly invites original research papers which provide mechanistic insights, while papers of a purely descriptive or correlative nature and case reports are unlikely to be accepted unless they provide exceptional scientific insight.

The Editors are inviting high-quality contributions of original research for ERMM: Discovery andreview papers for ERMM: Reviews. For detailed instructions on how to prepare your submission, please see our Instructions for Contributors.

Content from Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine can be viewed atjournals.cambridge.org/erm. A subscription will be required to access Review articles but all Discovery articles will be freely available under an OA license and are not included in the subscription price. All Open Access articles in this journal have article level metrics available.

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Text messaging as a form of smoking support

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The Journal of Smoking Cessation has published a new review of evidence that texting can be integrated in to smoking cessation programmes, which can help to maintain instant contact with clients and provide useful guidance for relapse prevention.

Tobacco use, primarily from cigarette smoking, is the leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide, and is associated with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders, and various types of cancers, including lung, oral cavity, larynx, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, colorectal, bladder and kidney.

Despite the harm and costs tobacco use causes, there have been great efforts related to tobacco control in recent decades. There have been great strides in influencing social norms to prevent the initiation of tobacco use among adults and youth, promote cessation efforts, and reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Such smoking-control strategies include smoke-free laws, counter-advertising campaigns, and a hike in tobacco excise taxes, which have all contributed to a reduction in smoking prevalence. At the individual level, access to smoking cessation facilities and improvement in treatments of smoking dependence has provided smokers, as well as doctors and other health professionals, with more resources to make smoking cessation programs more customisable and effective.

Cigarettes are currently marketed more heavily towards adolescents and young adults. In this context, texting may be considered as an innovative intervention strategy to help prevent smoking initiation among the adolescent population and aid in smoking cessation and relapse prevention efforts. Texting is an act of communicating through the interchange of brief messages between mobile (cell) phones. With advances in mobile technology and the popularity of mobile cell phones, texting has even become the primary source of communication among some groups, but especially for adolescents and young adults. More than 75% of teenagers text, sending on average 60 texts per day. Texting has also been utilised as an intervention strategy for other health-related conditions such as asthma medication adherence, improve compliance for self-care with heart failure patients, eating disorders, weight loss, and binge drinking.

Texting is advantageous for health promotion efforts since it is low cost and widely accessible, almost all phones have the ability to send and receive texts, texting does not require a great amount of skills, text messages can be received at convenience, and will even be received at a later time in the event the phone is shut off.

Nine studies were reviewed for this article, five were texting-only interventions and four also involved web-based components that offered educational and abstinence tools. All the studies involved in this review reported that texting appeared to be an effective method for promoting smoking cessation and preventing relapse. Texting was also well received by study participants.

The review also highlights that much more research is needed in this area, for example to assess whether this approach can target smokers who are not already motivated to quit, or investigating whether a combination of social networks with texting to see if this will help to increase effectiveness for smoking cessation and relapse prevention.

Read the article in full here

What should you read to prepare for MRCOG II Written

Blog Post by Arri Coomarasamy, MBChB, MD, MRCOG, DFFP, lecturer and specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology

As my past course candidates know, I am a great fan of the “Handbook of Gynaecological Oncology” by Shafi, Luesley and Jordan. It summarised all you needed to know about gynae cancers in 277 A5 size pages, with very little padding and fine print, and was as readable and enjoyable as the classic gold standard of Nelson-Piercy’s Handbook of Obstetric Medicine. However, I didn’t recommend this book in 2009; the reason was that it had aged (it was published in 2001). So, imagine my delight when I found a new book “Gynaecological oncology” by Shafi, Earl and Tan! I bought it and have already read half of it, and it is proving to be an absolute pleasure! This book is likely to take  the pain outof your MRCOG oncology revision!  Just like “Mr Muscle” kitchen cleaner, it makes you love the job you hate! I highly recommend it: 205 pages of highly relevant stuff for MRCOG.

Gynaecological Oncology is published by Cambridge University Press

World Cancer Day: Spotlight on Cancer from Cambridge Medicine

Blog Post by Nisha Doshi, Editorial, Cambridge University Press

Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world and the World Health Organization estimates that 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention.

This year’s World Cancer Day, on 4th February 2010, focuses on simple ways to prevent cancer, including avoidance of tobacco use, healthy diet, regular exercise, limited alcohol intake, and protection against cancer-causing infections. Read more of this post

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