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How a Tree Helped a Village with Ebola Control

6 hours 20 min ago

Upon her return from 6 weeks in west Africa working with Partners In Health on the Liberia Ebola response, Farrah Kashfipour reflects on the challenges of responding to an epidemic in a resource-limited setting. The Ebola epidemic continues to ravage west Africa, … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:02pm

In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about new neurons for old brains, how yeast anticipate change, a serious downside of illegal drug laws, and how to prioritise conservation efforts.   Adult Neurogenesis: Are Humans like Rodents? This new … Continue reading »

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Fossilized Footprints Lead Scientists Down a Prehistoric Path

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:42pm

Whether tromping alone or running in a pack, all prehistoric creatures got around somehow. Paleontologists can use fossilized bones to learn more about what dinosaurs ate, what they looked like, and even how they might have moved, but bones are … Continue reading »

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Why Measles Isn’t Just An Anti-Vaxxer Problem

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:55am

I have a little metaphor I use with my kid. When he asks why we get shots at the doctor, I remind him of all the super powers he has. One day he got super powers against whooping cough and … Continue reading »

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How Will the Ebola Epidemic End?

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:37am

Upon his return from 6 weeks volunteering with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership at a number of Ebola isolation facilities in Freetown, Tom Boyles considers the endgame of the Ebola epidemic. There are encouraging signs of an overall reduction in … Continue reading »

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Rising Wealth Inequality and NCDs – What’s the Link?

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:25pm

This week, Maja Pleic writes on the connections between economic inequality and non-communicable disease. A timely article, in time for the latest triennial Global Status Report on NCDs.   On January 19th, Oxfam released a report which shows that global wealth inequality, … Continue reading »

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State of the Union: precision medicine, the space program, climate change

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:42am

  The state of science and medicine in the State of the Union As David Malakoff observed at ScienceInsider, science is never the centerpiece of the President’s annual State of the Union speech.  On Tuesday evening, however, science and medicine … Continue reading »

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Introducing the Tripod Statement for Reporting Clinical Prediction Models

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:13pm

Gary Collins (@GSCollins) of the TRIPOD Steering Group introduces the TRIPOD Statement, which provides guidance for reporting clinical prediction models. Clinical predictions are routinely made throughout medicine and at all stages in pathways of health care and are the basis for communicating risk or … Continue reading »

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From GMOs to GROs: Will Life Find a Way?

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:51am

A pair of papers in this week’s Nature introduces GROs — “genomically recoded organisms” — whose altered genetic code makes them require a synthetic amino acid to survive. Although this new type of biocontainment indeed keeps microorganisms from spreading to … Continue reading »

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Why a new antibiotic won’t help diseases of poverty

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:06am

Today we warmly welcome Alexander Chaitoff and Joshua Niforatos to the blog. They are medical students at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with interests in social justice and health equity. See the end of this post for their … Continue reading »

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Propose or Join a Citizen Science Hackfest Project!

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 2:39pm

Propose or join a project or activity for the SciStarter Hackfest at the Citizen Science Association Conference! What: A hands-on and discussion-driven meet-up where everyone participates in dreaming up AND building creative tools to improve the field of citizen science! … Continue reading »

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NIMH Biomarker Porn: Depression, Daughters, and Telomeres Part 1

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:13am

Does having to cope with their mother’s depression REALLY inflict irreversible damage on daughters’ psychobiology and shorten their lives? A recent BMJ article revived discussion of responsibility for hyped and distorted coverage of scientific work in the media. The usual … Continue reading »

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What is the scientific literature used for?

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:41am

For better or for worse, we paleontologists (and many other scientists) view the use and importance of the literature in terms of citations. Citations are what drives the ever-beloved impact factor, as well as other metrics such as the h-index. Indeed, … Continue reading »

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New Year’s resolution pitfalls and how to avoid them

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:28pm

“Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil.” -Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Losing weight is the number one resolution people make … Continue reading »

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This Week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:02pm

In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about the the next 10 years of microbiome research, low-cost antimicrobial screening as an educational tool, and a potential new diabetes drug.   Transmission and Control of Ebola Virus Disease Following on … Continue reading »

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FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:15pm

Bernard Pécoul and Manica Balasegaram discuss whether drug companies have taken advantage of flaws in the FDA Priority Review Voucher program. It sounded like a pure global health success story. A company develops a drug for one of the most neglected … Continue reading »

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Hash Out Citizen Science in Twitter Chat Sessions

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:50am

#CitSciChat Starting this month, you can tune in and take part in monthly discussion sessions about citizen science. The discussions take place on Twitter and anyone is welcome to join with questions, answers, comments, and ideas. You can follow the … Continue reading »

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How often should you shower?

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:00am

At first glance, a silly question. Have you ever questioned your showering practices? A shower is taken for granted, a daily or near-daily practice that begins or ends our days. It can be soothing, warm, and pleasurable, or a minor … Continue reading »

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7 Tips for Women at Science Conferences

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 5:02pm

  Women are really losing out at many science conferences. Large chunks of our lives are spent listening to men talking – often unbroken by a female voice for hours at a time – especially from the podium for major … Continue reading »

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Publishing Initiatives at PLOS: Improving the Author Experience

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:19pm

The last few months have brought exciting developments at PLOS, and we’ll be doing more in 2015 to make the publishing experience with PLOS even better. Today’s post will talk about just some of what is new now and due … Continue reading »

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