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Updates: Comet landing, #shirtstorm, virus moratorium, Jonah Lehrer

1 hour 28 min ago

For today, bringing you up to date on a few past posts. Adieu, Philae. Or is it au ‘voir? In our last episode, the plucky little lander Philae was finally on the surface of  Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. But Philae wasn’t getting … Continue reading »

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Push for Better Death Data Bears Fruit: Largest Ever Global Dataset of Individual Deaths Released

4 hours 10 min ago

Jocalyn Clark @jocalynclark comments on the INDEPTH Network’s release of the largest ever dataset of individual deaths in Africa and Southeast Asia, and the importance of equality in health data. Enthusiasts of global health research will have observed various battles … Continue reading »

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Guest post: Economists should focus on the economy, not public health

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:00am

Ed note: Please welcome Dr Travis Saunders back for another guest post. Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the health impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. He blogs … Continue reading »

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Economists should focus on the economy, not public health

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 7:00am

We get it.  Maclean’s Editor-at-Large Peter Shawn Taylor thinks that public health people (e.g. myself) should stay away from chronic disease (I guess it’s time to wrap up my research program and call it a career!).  And he thinks that … Continue reading »

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The Rights Stuff: Copyright, Scientific Debate, and Reuse

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:41pm

We’ve all monkeyed around trying to sort out the ownership of published content. In the scientific community, copyright and its (mis)application in publishing has authors, publishers, and readers grappling with questions of what is legally possible, what is desirable, and … Continue reading »

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Does Exposure to Smoking (either passive or active) Lead to Increased Allergies?

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:45am
Immunodeficiency Collection

Charles Ebikeme interviews Dr. Bahi Takkouche of the University of Santiago de Compostela and reviews his research on smoking and allergies, which was published earlier this year in PLOS Medicine. Dr. Takkouche’s paper is included in the PLOS Clinical Immunology Collection, which … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:03pm

In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about brain folding in mammals, misfolded proteins in human genetic disease, and mechano-transduction.   Evolution of the Mammalian Cortex – Folded or Unfolded? The neocortex of the brain is highly expanded in … Continue reading »

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Sedentary behaviour in the workplace

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:18pm

First of all, I’d like to wish a happy blog-versary to Peter; today marks 6 years of blogging at Obesity Panacea in its various forms (the traditional gifts are apparently candy and iron).  To be fair, I actually forgot (but … Continue reading »

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Failing grade for highly cited meta-analysis of positive psychology interventions

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:00am

The many sins of Sin and  Lyubomirsky I recently blogged about Linda Bolier and colleagues’  meta-analysis of positive psychology interventions [PPIs] in BMC Public Health. It is the new kid on the block. Sin and Lyubomirsky’s  meta analysis is accepted … Continue reading »

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Red meat and cancer: the biological evidence

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:00pm

  Two weeks ago, we discussed the link between red meat consumption and breast cancer risk. This relationship is particularly interesting, given that younger women and those taking birth control pills were at the highest risk for breast cancer, indicating … Continue reading »

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An Interview with Pascale Cossart

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:55pm

Charles Ebikeme interviews Pascale Cossart of the Institut Pasteur on the occasion of her receipt of the Women in Science Award at FEBS-EMBO 2014. On September 2, Pascale Cossart received the Women in Science Award at the Federation of European … Continue reading »

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SciStarter Hackfest Coming to CitSci2015!

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:41pm

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the CitSci2015 blog at the Citizen Science Association What: A hands-on meet-up where everyone participates in dreaming up AND building creative tools to improve the field of citizen science! Where: Citizen Science 2015 Conference, San Jose, CA Who: The … Continue reading »

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The good news, maybe: Landing on a comet. The bad news, maybe: Supremes vs. Obamacare

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:54am

  START HERE for the quite wonderful story of landing on a comet..  And when you get there, click PREV to continue (in reverse chronological order) seeing xkcd’s live comicking of the Philae lander’s arrival on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-P for … Continue reading »

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Next Steps in Reproducibility

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 6:13pm

In last week’s Nature and Science, the outcome of a meeting convened by NIH, Nature, and Science to discuss the issue of lack of reproducibility in the basic science research literature was published. This meeting, which brought together representatives from … Continue reading »

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Does it even matter if gluten sensitivity is bogus?

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:30pm

This one goes out to all the Americans who are wondering if they really need to make gluten-free stuffing for Thanksgiving. Gluten-free eating is popular; according to one industry trend study, a third of American adults are trying to avoid … Continue reading »

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Monitoring progress in translational bioinformatics

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:16am

It is with great enthusiasm that the PLOS Computational Biology Education Editors present this invited blog post from Russ Altman, in what we hope will be a yearly feature for PLOS Biologue. It is a recapture of his annual review on … Continue reading »

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When Mutation Counters Infection: From Sickle Cell to Ebola

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:49am

 While pharmaceutical companies focus on drug discovery for Ebola virus disease, a powerful clue is coming from a rare “Jewish genetic disease” that destroys the brain. People with Niemann-Pick C1 disease can’t get Ebola, adding to the list of disease … Continue reading »

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Podcast Interview with Young Cancer Survivor and Advocate, Mexico City

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:12pm

This week, the latest in our series of podcasts from around the world. Sandro interviews Abish Romero, a young cancer survivor and advocate living and studying in Mexico City.    -               Abish Romero … Continue reading »

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Could smoking cigarettes make you a better runner?

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:47am

(Image source) A few years ago the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a fascinating article by Ken Myers discussing the (as-yet unexamined) benefits of cigarette smoking on endurance running performance.  Ken is a friend and elite distance runner (we used … Continue reading »

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Pneumonia Affects People of All Ages: Interview with Carlos J. Orihuela

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:00am

For World Pneumonia Day 2014, PLOS Pathogens interviews Associate Editor, author, and researcher Carlos J. Orihuela on his recent publication in PLOS Pathogens, Streptococcus pneumoniae Translocates into the Myocardium and Forms Unique Microlesions That Disrupt Cardiac Function, describing how the disease can lead to heart … Continue reading »

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