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Chagas Disease: The New Numbers

6 hours 56 min ago

Peter Hotez (@PeterHotez), Co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on new WHO estimates of the burden of Chagas disease in Latin America. The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released new estimates on the number of people living with … Continue reading »

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South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease

14 hours 20 min ago

This week, Pooja Yerramilli returns to explore NCDs and the quadruple burden as barriers to economic and social development with Sandhya Singh – Director of Disease, Disability, and Geriatrics within South Africa’s Department of Health. Three years ago, I found … Continue reading »

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Standing desks in the classroom

14 hours 44 min ago

Today’s post is an interview with teacher Adam Aldred, a teacher who has incorporated standing workstations into his classroom.  You can find more on Adam below.  Detailed instructions on how he built his standing desks can be found here. Who … Continue reading »

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Playing It Safe Online: NOVA Cybersecurity Lab Trains You to Carefully Navigate the Web

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:24pm

With our ever-increasing connectivity and reliance on the internet, cybersecurity is a growing concern. Despite all the cautionary warnings about cyber safety, individuals, companies and government agencies still fall victim to attack. So what does it take to stay safe? … Continue reading »

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How does the FDA regulate mobile medical apps?

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:14pm

Last month, the FDA released new guidance regarding the regulation of mobile medical apps, to replace its earlier version from 2011. Since that time, the amount of health and medical apps on the market has exploded, with the release of … Continue reading »

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Metrics and Impact – Looking Beyond Research Articles

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:33am

The PLOS Biology magazine section features perspectives, essays, unsolved mysteries, community pages, and other pieces written by thought-leaders and rising stars from all walks of biology and beyond. These articles put forward new ideas, propose policy changes, highlight initiatives and … Continue reading »

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Pentimento: Revealing the Women Obscured in Science’s History

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:12am

  Sometimes, beneath the surface layer, an artist’s earlier rendition of part of a painting can be glimpsed. Something was replaced, changed shape, or shifted. It’s called pentimento, because the artist changed their mind. This weekend was the intersection between February’s … Continue reading »

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Good to Know: Which Websites Can Reduce Anxiety and Depression?

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 4:41pm

Before we go on, you should know there are no sunshine-y quick fixes coming in this post. The kind of websites we’ll be looking at take a lot of effort. And there’s no guarantee the effort will pay off. There … Continue reading »

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How Understanding Psychosis could have been more credible and trustworthy

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:34am

As promised, this issue of Mind the Brain explains how the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology ’s Understanding Psychosis could have been much more credible and trustworthy. I point to well-founded skepticism about like-minded, self-selected groups representing single … Continue reading »

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New obesity medication now available in Canada

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:04pm

The very first Obesity Panacea post was written back in November 2008. The topic of that post was the removal from the European market of an obesity medication that had been previously heralded as a potential panacea (but was never … Continue reading »

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Cholesterol and coffee ok, plus head transplants soon?

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:05pm

  Dietary committee not sweet on sugar So, what’s most noteworthy about the big fat report just issued by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC)?  The declaration that dietary cholesterol is next to irrelevant? DGAC’s casual endorsement of coffee? … Continue reading »

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Beefy Bones and a Big Bite for the Ancient Whale Basilosaurus

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:31am

Although its name sounds rather dinosaurian, Basilosaurus was in fact one of the first extinct whales to make a splash in humanity’s perception of the past. When its bones were first described back in the early 19th century, the anatomy of … Continue reading »

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The Fatter we Get, the Less We Seem to Notice

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:53pm

A significant number of overweight and obese individuals believe their body weight to be appropriate or normal and are satisfied with their body size. Misperception of overweight status is most common among the poor vs wealthy, African Americans vs white … Continue reading »

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ALM Reports – more features, more power

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:12pm

We are pleased to share the newest features just launched in ALM Reports (http://almreports.plos.org/), which will better support the time-consuming and laborious work of tracking and reporting the reach of PLOS articles. As before, you can get a broad view … Continue reading »

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Fighting Canavan: Honoring Rare Disease Week

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 8:44am

During Rare Disease Week, I turn over DNA Science to a family battling a rare inherited disease. I’ve been following Max Randell, who has Canavan disease, in my human genetics textbook since he was a preschooler – he’s now 17, thanks … Continue reading »

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“Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia” and mental health service users

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:31am

Does Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia exploit, disrespect, and marginalize service users? Genre confusion. The 180-page Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia produced by the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology is a puzzling document. We need to know its genre to … Continue reading »

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Positively Negative: A New PLOS ONE Collection focusing on Negative, Null and Inconclusive Results

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:56pm

“I never quit until I get what I’m after. Negative results are just what I’m after. They are just as valuable to me as positive results.” – Thomas A. Edison The publication of negative results is vitally important for many … Continue reading »

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“Vaccine Hesitancy”: The PLOS Currents Collection

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:52pm

Peter Hotez (@peterhotez), President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, announces the launch of PLOS Currents Outbreaks collection on Vaccine Hesitancy. Measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000 – with elimination defined … Continue reading »

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Chlamydia trachomatis –Urgent need for an effective T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of a stealth bacterial pathogen

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:00pm

Toni Darville from the University of North Carolina considers the potential for a successful T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia trachomatis accounts for ~100 million genital tract infections in industrialized nations annually, and continues … Continue reading »

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Starch, Oil, Water and Arsenic: New Plant Translational Research

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:07pm

by Christina Kary   PLOS launched a Collection last year, “The Promise of Plant Translational Research”. Here’s an update on how it’s going, and where we hope to go from here.   In my former life as ‘Plantina’ (I can … Continue reading »

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