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Breast cancer: Should DCIS be treated? Pig genome: messy and quite boaring

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SHOULD DCIS BE TREATED LIKE BREAST CANCER? No one seems to know exactly what to make of the big study on the outcomes of DCIS. (DCIS = ductal carcinoma in situ, often called stage 0 breast cancer or precancer, which … Continue reading »

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Targeting Cancer: A Basketful of Hope

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:40am

Targeted treatments for cancer have been extending and saving lives for more than 15 years — precision medicine isn’t a new idea in oncology. Now drugs pioneered on select, specific cancers are, one by one, finding new applications. The first … Continue reading »

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PLOS NTDs co-Editor-in-Chief Serap Aksoy and Associate Editor Dan Masiga conduct a Manuscript Writing Workshop at University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:35pm

By Serap Aksoy and Joel Ochieng An important goal for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLOS NTDs) is to develop global capacity in publication practices in low- and middle-income countries, given that NTDs disproportionately affect people living in these areas. Accordingly, … Continue reading »

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Getting the [Climate Change] Story Straight

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 6:27pm

By Lindsey Thurman, for the PLOS Ecology Community With the recent publication of the 2014 IPCC report on Climate Change, the 2014 US National Climate Assessment, and the upcoming Paris 2015 UN Climate Conference, it’s no surprise that the scientific … Continue reading »

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When Counting is Hard

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:40pm

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the DataCite blog. It is republished here with permission. Counting is hard. But when it comes to research data, not in the way we thought it was (example 1, example 2, example 3. The Making … Continue reading »

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Everything you need to know about social determinants of health you can learn from IKEA

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:00am

It’s that time of year again. Summer is ending, undergrads are flooding university campuses, and people are moving. When people move, a few things become mandatory, for example, pizza or some other reward for those who help you move. But … Continue reading »

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5 Key Things to Know About Data on Adverse Effects

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 7:53pm

  The potential harms of interventions are tricky to get a handle on. Our feelings about them are, too. It wouldn’t be easy – even if we didn’t have to deal with people trying to beat up, or minimize, the … Continue reading »

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Fisheries science meets scicomm: to tweet or not to tweet?

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:30am

By Jens Hegg Originally posted on the PLOS Ecology Field Reports blog on August 26, 2015. The last hours of a professional meeting always give me the chance to reflect on what I’ve learned, who I’ve met, and the scientific … Continue reading »

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Measuring shocks to the global seafood supply

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:27am

By Jeff Atkins ESA 100 research news originally posted on the PLOS Ecology Field Reports blog on Aug 14, 2015. Jessica Gephart, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia, presented work at the 100th meeting of the Ecological Society of America … Continue reading »

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All eyes on the oceans: James Hansen and sea level rise

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:24am

By Sasha Wright Originally posted on PLOS Ecology Field Reports blog on August 10, 2015 On July 23, James Hansen and 16 co-authors posted a discussion paper on an open-review website about sea level rise and climate change. The article has … Continue reading »

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It never rains but it pours: climate change and drought

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:21am

By Ginger Allington  Originally published on the PLOS Ecology Field Reports blog, on August 10, 2015. Droughts have been getting a lot of press lately. From affects on agriculture in California to the water rationing in Puerto Rico, and a near … Continue reading »

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Increase in red spruce growth tied to the Clean Air Act

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:19am

Research news from ESA 100 by Jeff Atkins Originally posted on PLOS Ecology Field Reports blog on August 11, 2015 The Clean Air Act, implemented in 1990, has been heralded as aneconomic and environmental success story that has led to cuts … Continue reading »

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Does Your Personality Affect Your Dog? Here’s How You Can Find Out

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 6:25am

Researchers are trying to find out how your personality affects your dog’s behavior. Learn how you can participate in the largest citizen science project of its kind. by Kristin Butler When I adopted my dog Kia from a puppy rescue center three … Continue reading »

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The Myth of the Freshman 15

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 5:55am

Its nearly back-to-school time. For many recent high-school graduates, the next week or two represent the beginning of a whole new chapter: post-secondary education. Of all the challenges college freshmen need to contend with, worrying about potential weight gain should … Continue reading »

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Global ecological challenges require large-scale scientific networks — reflections on ESA 100

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 2:04am

This new perspective by marine ecologist Pamela Reynolds completes collaborative coverage by the PLOS Ecology Community of research news, ideas and discussions that emerged from this month’s centennial meeting of the Ecological Society of America.  As Summer comes to an end in the Northern … Continue reading »

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Overcoming the Breastfeeding Barriers Black Women Face

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 10:13pm

We started August with World Breastfeeding Week and a post on how women aren’t getting the support they need to meet their own breastfeeding goals. August ends with another important theme: Black Breastfeeding Week. (This year’s hashtag: #LiftEveryBaby) Black women … Continue reading »

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9-2-15 PLOS Science Wednesday AMA Preview: River blindness programs improve health outcomes: Evidence for increased prioritization of NTDs in post-2015 global health agenda

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:55pm

By Sara Kassabian River blindness (onchocerciasis) is an onerous neglected tropical disease (NTD) and the second-leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Onchocerciasis is transmitted by a bite from the black fly, which creates an inflammatory response that leads to blindness … Continue reading »

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The Value of 3 Degrees of Separation on Twitter

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:50am

  The more interconnected our Twitter networks get, the more the distance between us and total strangers shrinks [PDF]. That’s not always a good thing. Twitter is fabulous. There’s fun, camaraderie, fascinating people, and ideas you wouldn’t otherwise encounter. Victoria Costello … Continue reading »

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Psychology cleans up its act, plus biohackers embrace gene editing, CRISPR, cyborgs

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:45pm

THE MESS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND OTHER SCIENCES TOO You’d think that the just-published Science paper, recounting a massive  attempt at replication of 100 selected research projects published in the top psychology journals in 2008, would be cause for much beating … Continue reading »

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Drinking water before meals leads to weight loss

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:42am

Over the years, we’ve often recommended the simplest of behaviour changes to improve your health: drinking more water during the day. There’s certainly no downside to staying hydrated, plus the increased trips to the bathroom will ensure you get up … Continue reading »

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