Brain imaging of an ischemic stroke

Inviting submissions: Diagnosis of ischemic stroke

This Collection is Guest edited by Dr Bing Han and welcomes research focused on improvements of prediction, detection or monitoring of ischemic stroke.


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    Communications Medicine is a recently launched fully open access journal already indexed in ESCI, PubMed Central, DOAJ, and Google Scholar. It takes 7 days from submission to the first editorial decision (median).

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    This Collection welcomes submissions that help in understanding heterogeneity in health outcomes in space and time to support decision- and policy-making to reduce health inequalities, with a particular interest in submissions focused on LMICs.

    Open for submissions
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    This Collection welcomes research focused on minimizing and mitigating cancer therapy-related toxicity, or identifying new insights into the epidemiology and pathophysiology of acute and late toxicities.

    Open for submissions
  • Three orange RNA strands on a blue background

    This cross-journal Collection welcomes articles that report on RNA-driven cellular mechanisms, physiologically relevant RNA processes, and the development and characterisation of novel RNA-based medical applications for disease prevention, diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

    Open for submissions


  • Yoshioka, Taniguchi, Homma et al. study the effect of AAV-delivered Cas9 and specific guide RNAs to correct the PMP22 gene duplication that causes Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A. They measured the effect of Cas9 editing in iPSC cells on PMP22 expression and demonstrated how editing reduces cell death and myelination defects in edited iPSC-derived Schwann cells.

    • Yuki Yoshioka
    • Juliana Bosso Taniguchi
    • Hitoshi Okazawa
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Avery et al. utilize data from the UK Biobank in a multivariable Mendelian randomization study to evaluate the effects of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) on human disease. Their findings suggest observational studies of BCAA phenotypic effects are prone to substantial error, potentially misleading efforts to develop novel therapeutics.

    • Christy L. Avery
    • Annie Green Howard
    • Mariaelisa Graff
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Park et al. assess the therapeutic efficacy of mitochondrial transplantation with or without O-GlcNAc modification of isolated mitochondria. O-GlcNAcylation can prevent glycation while improving both the functional properties of mitochondria and the neuroprotective efficacy of transplantation in a mouse model of focal cerebral ischemia.

    • Ji Hyun Park
    • Masayoshi Tanaka
    • Kazuhide Hayakawa
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Cai et al. develop and evaluate mpox A29 surface envelop protein-based enzyme immunoassay to analyze seroprevalence and B cell responses after natural mpox viral infection or vaccination. The assay can readily detect mpox A29-specific B cells and antibody in the serum of mpox patients and MVA-BN vaccine recipients.

    • Jian-Piao Cai
    • Wing-Ming Chu
    • Kelvin Kai-Wang To
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Caroppo, Calabrese et al. monitor the mental health of 100 asylum-seekers during a 14-day COVID19 related quarantine in reception facilities in Rome, Italy. Asylum-seekers are more likely to experience post-traumatic stress disorder than the general population, but a supportive environment during quarantine enhances their psychological well-being.

    • Emanuele Caroppo
    • Carmela Calabrese
    • Pietro De Lellis
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Ivancovsky-Wajcman et al. outline the need for a holistic preventive hepatology approach, involving social nutrition and social prescribing, to address the public health threat of metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD). They argue that this will facilitate individuals’ engagement in behavioural modifications to treat MASLD.

    • Dana Ivancovsky-Wajcman
    • Paul N. Brennan
    • Jeffrey V. Lazarus
    CommentOpen Access
  • Macharia et al. discuss a Communications Medicine article on global healthcare accessibility and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They outline strengths in the comprehensive approach taken to studying revealed versus potential spatial accessibility, plus some limitations and wider context with which the results can be interpreted.

    • Peter M. Macharia
    • Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas
    • Lenka Beňová
    CommentOpen Access
  • Pallet et al. discuss the impact of human conflict on development of antimicrobial resistance. They overview approaches to limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance, using the ongoing conflict in Ukraine as an example of the challenges and opportunities.

    • Scott J. C. Pallett
    • Sara E. Boyd
    • Emma J. Hutley
    CommentOpen Access
  • Dr. Kamilla Kamaruddin is a general practitioner in Transgender Health Care and Clinical Lead at the East of England Gender Service, Cambridge, UK. She is also a board member for sexual health and wellbeing organisation Spectra-London, trustee at LGBTQ+ cancer charity Live Through This, and health advisor for trans community organisation TransActual UK. In this Q&A, we ask Dr. Kamaruddin a series of questions on the difficulties transgender people face in accessing quality healthcare, with a particular focus on the UK.

    Q&AOpen Access
  • Kooman outlines the findings of a Communications Medicine article on deep learning-based detection of chronic kidney disease using ECGs. The author interprets the study’s findings in light of its limitations and outlines key considerations in the clinical implementation of such an approach.

    • Jeroen P. Kooman
    CommentOpen Access
  • Today is Global Recycling Day. All medical practices and disciplines face sustainability issues and there is a huge focus in the UK on minimising the environmental effects of medicine. Here we speak to Dr Daniel Lake about ‘Project Greener Anaesthesia’, which aims to do just that for Anaesthetics.

    Q&AOpen Access
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Human health and the environment

In this Collection, we present articles that explore emerging threats to health and wellbeing posed by the environment, health benefits the environment can provide, and policies that can help improve air, water and soil quality, limit pollution and mitigate against extreme events.
Open for submissions