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We often think of cities as major drivers of economic development and growth. Big cities expand our access to infrastructure like public transit and public education. They allow for more efficient distribution of social services such as government assistance and … Continue reading »
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33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »
SciStarter wants to make it easier for you to learn about and get involved in way more opportunities to make the world a better place. We have some big ideas, (and we know you have the potential to do BIG things!) but we want … Continue reading »
PLOS Medicine Editorial Director, Virginia Barbour, reflects on the publication of the CONSORT and PRISMA guidelines and reminds us of the importance of checklists to medical publishing. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Lord High Executioner has, sadly given lists a bad name. … Continue reading »
We are excited to announce that PLOS will be exhibiting at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2014 Annual Meeting from 5-8th November in Berlin. This is only the second time that the meeting takes place outside North America, and the … Continue reading »
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More germ warfare, this time about fecal microbiota transplants Despite their mind-boggling track record, fecal transplants as effective treatments for intestinal disorders (and possibly those elsewhere in the body) have encountered PR problems–what Loom blogger Carl Zimmer calls the … Continue reading »
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PLOS Medicine Associate Editor Linda Nevin discusses the landmark publication, and striking impact, of the first randomized clinical trial of voluntary medical male circumcision, published in PLOS Medicine in 2005. Since the 1980s, observational studies have shown that HIV infection … Continue reading »
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PLOS Medicine Associate Editor, Linda Nevin, discusses how a 2014 research article by Selda Ulucanlar and colleagues deconstructed advocacy documents submitted to the UK government by tobacco companies, and catches up with one of the authors for a Q&A. As … Continue reading »
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Facebook and Apple’s decision to offer female employees a $20,000 benefit to freeze their eggs indicates a stunning disregard for the complexities of reproductive biology. The Center for Genetics and Society issued a news release that listed societal, technological, and biological … Continue reading »
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The Knight Foundation today announced the latest winners of its Knight Prototype Fund. Eighteen projects will receive $35,000 to help them bring their concepts closer to fruition and one of the 18 projects is ours: SciStarter ’s project will connect data journalists … Continue reading »
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This week, guest blogger Ashley Ng writes a reflective piece and poem on Mental Health, as Mental Health Day rolls by. Ashley is a PhD student at Deakin University and lives with diabetes. NCDFREE have recently launched their global campaign called #TheFace of … Continue reading »
In a previous post, I detailed the various ways in which paleontologists access the non-open access literature. Institutional subscription was the most commonly-used method (but not for all people who answered a survey on the topic!), followed by accessing author-posted … Continue reading »
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PLOS Medicine Associate Editor, Thomas McBride, reflects on the 2007 research article that investigated whether lethal injection consistently induces a painless death. The December 7, 1982 execution of Charles Brooks Jr. in Texas marked the first use of lethal injection, … Continue reading »
PLOS Medicine Senior Editor, Amy Ross, discusses the potential impact of the “Dirty War Index”, a tool developed by Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks and Michael Spagat, to minimize civilian harm in areas of armed conflict. While international humanitarian treaties, such as … Continue reading »
Post authored by David Moher All participants in research are important. What patients in clinical trials tell us about treatments – patient-reported outcomes (PROs) such as quality of life and symptoms – is being used more and more to improve … Continue reading »
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Special thanks to Don Klein, MD and Bruce Thyer, PhD for helpful discussions, but all opinions expressed are the author’s alone. Is there any benefit to adding psychotherapy to well-managed treatment with antidepressants? This clinically important question was addressed in … Continue reading »
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Margaret A. Winker, MD, Senior Research Editor for PLOS Medicine, reflects on the 2010 Policy Forum by Adriane Fugh-Berman that explored the medical literature manipulation behind hormone “replacement” therapy. The results of the Heart Estrogen/progestin Replacement Study (HERS) and Women’s … Continue reading »
In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about moving lipids around the cell, good and bad autophagy, how skin cancer metastasises, and mending DNA replication forks safely. Moving Lipids from Organelle to Organelle Moving lipids and proteins from the … Continue reading »