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Advice for those considering and those in a PhD

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:35pm

Readers of the blog will know that I successfully defended my PhD in March. Today, I want to share some thoughts I have on the process for those considering a PhD and for those in the PhD. Deciding if you … Continue reading »

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Juice ≠ Fruit (!!!)

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:00am

Word emerged last week that Health Canada was re-considering whether it should continue to view a serving of juice (125 ml) as being equivalent to a half cup of fresh/frozen fruit.  I think this would be a wonderful development, and … Continue reading »

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The most distinctive causes of death in each US state

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:59am

Often left to the domain of geography, maps are an under-recognised yet essential tool in the field of public health. Public health researchers don’t often make maps, yet they are terribly valuable in public health practice for basic descriptive understanding … Continue reading »

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Reflections on using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat neuropsychiatric disorders

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:00am

By Daniel Albaugh One of my most fascinating experiences as a doctoral student of neuroscience began with an early morning trip to the university hospital. Upon arrival, my laboratory colleagues and I met with one of the clinical neurologists, who … Continue reading »

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Support Open Access publishing with the click of a button

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:00am

The Open Access Button is a web and mobile app that helps students, researchers, patients and the public get access to academic research. In 2013 two undergraduate students in the United Kingdom, and a team of volunteer developers first led … Continue reading »

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Update on gene editing of human embryos–and other organisms

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:50pm

  The National Academy of Sciences has confirmed officially that yes, as rumored for weeks, it will hold a meeting to thrash out issues posed by the new gene editing techniques. These will probably be ethical and policy issues mostly. … Continue reading »

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Nepal after the recent earthquakes: reconstruction and vaccine-preventable enteric diseases

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:44pm

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquakes, PLOS Medicine Consulting Editor Lorenz von Seidlein visited Nepal to assess outbreak risks. Lorenz travelled with Anuj Bhattachan, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Korea and guidance from Deepak C. Bajracharya and Shyam Raj Upreti  … Continue reading »

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Malaria and Epstein-Barr Virus: A Lethal Combination

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:10pm

A recent study in PLOS Pathogens investigates how Epstein-Barr virus and malaria co-infection may create a lethal combination if the timing is right. Epstein-Barr virus and malaria are two infections that can each be controlled on their own, but a new study in … Continue reading »

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FASEB Conference on Genetic Recombination and Genome Rearrangements: Michael Lichten

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:44am

As part of its mission to encourage engagement within the genetics community, PLOS Genetics is sponsoring a number of conferences and meetings this year. In order to raise awareness about these conferences and the researchers who attend them we are featuring a … Continue reading »

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What I Learned About Health From Reporting It

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:01am

Some people find themselves nodding along with articles like 25 Struggles Only People Addicted to Diet Coke Will Understand. Me, I got that same feeling from reading this Vox piece by Julia Belluz and Sarah Kliff: No more dieting, and … Continue reading »

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Three important things you didn’t know about diabetes

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:31am

This week, lead blogger Dr Alessandro Demaio of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative returns to lay things straight on a leading cause of global deaths. When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. … Continue reading »

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Is mindfulness-based therapy ready for rollout to prevent relapse and recurrence in depression?

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:19am

Doubts that much of clinical or policy significance was learned from a recent study published in Lancet Promoters of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) notoriously established a record for academics endorsing a psychotherapy as better than alternatives, in the absence … Continue reading »

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“P-hacking”: Megan Head on why it’s bad for science

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:29pm

To mark evolutionary biologist Megan Head’s May 20 appearance on PLOS Science Wednesday “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) series on redditscience, we re-post this April 9 interview with the author conducted by PLOS Neuro Contributing Editor, Neuroskeptic. In it, Head discusses the … Continue reading »

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International Museum Day

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 5:47pm

Today is International Museum Day. Today (and every day) I’m grateful for museums and the people who work in them. Natural history museums (especially The Field Museum in Chicago) were key inspirations that got me on my path to a career in evolutionary … Continue reading »

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Birth control news: Free contraception. Also: DIY abortion

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:06pm

Birth control: science’s most important achievement Effective birth control is, arguably, the most important human invention since language. Also the most important contribution of science to human welfare ever. Discuss. But you’re going to have to work hard to convince … Continue reading »

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Moving on…

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:26pm

Three years ago I wrote a blog post talking about leaving academia and making the next logical move to work here at PLOS. The time has come for me to make the next move. I’ll be leaving PLOS at the … Continue reading »

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Battling misinformation: The scientific consensus as a gateway belief for climate change and GMOs

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:00am

By Joseph Timpona Public debate on scientific topics is in no short supply. Though science recognizes the evidence validating evolution, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or climate change, it does not take long to find articles or people who oppose regarded … Continue reading »

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DNA Profiling of Cat Waste

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:09am

“Bring in a stool sample,” says the vet. But that’s not so easy in a multi-cat household. I recently faced this problem when I adopted our fourth cat, Panda. Researching the issue, I found only one website that addresses the … Continue reading »

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Citizen scientist divers help track the success of artificial reefs.

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:00am

  This is a guest post by Michael Bear Citizen Science Project Director at Ocean Sanctuaries.  In this post, he describes a citizen science led effort to catalog marine life living in and around the HMCS Yukon. In 2000, the Yukon was … Continue reading »

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The Relationships of Education, Health, & Skills in Improving the Lives of Adults & Their Families: Newly Extended Call for Papers for a New PLOS Collection

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:59pm

EXTENDED DEADLINE: The U.S. National Institutes of Health (the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child and Human Development (NICHD) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)) and the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Career, Technical, and Adult … Continue reading »

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