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Urbanisation Up Close

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:52pm

Jocalyn Clark @jocalynclark discusses the urbanisation of the world’s population and its impact on global health. Undeniably the world is urbanising. By 2050, according to the UN, the world’s urban population will almost double from its 2007 size of 3.3 billion … Continue reading »

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Dear Maclean’s: Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:00am

I came across an editorial in Maclean’s this weekend which was both surprising and disappointing (and at times condescending).  The gist of the editorial was that public health agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and … Continue reading »

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Can you build up a tolerance to ice cream?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:21am

In essence, yes. Research suggests that those individuals who frequently eat a given highly palatable food derive less satisfaction from the subsequent consumption of that same food, such as ice cream. In the study, published at the American Journal of … Continue reading »

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Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:00am

The Editorial: The complexity of health requires an expansion of the areas covered by public health agencies Ed note: This post comes to us from our PLOS Blogs friend Dr Travis Saunders. Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics … Continue reading »

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What is the scariest disease? Depends how you define scary.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:49pm

Whether you’re personally afraid of Ebola or not, you have to admit it’s a scary disease: no vaccine, no cure, and high fatality rate are just a few of its distinguishing features. Recently I polled my friends on what diseases … Continue reading »

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You Live in What Kind of Home? A-nem-mo-ne-men… me-ne-mo-nee!

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:55pm

Clownfish Find Refuge among the Toxic Tentacles of Sea Anemones As we’ve seen in the movies, the world is a dangerous place for a clownfish far away from home. This is all the more reason to ensure that their homes … Continue reading »

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Dispatches from #TropMed14: @PLOSNTDs Community Coverage

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:39pm

Your Invitation to Tweet and Blog from New Orleans with PLOS NTDs.      With the start of 63rd annual ASTMH meeting just around the corner, PLOS NTDs is asking for your social media participation! We are looking for a … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:03pm

In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about access to research data, regulation of cell asymmetry and septum formation in Caulobacter, and unfolding and refolding RNA.   Access to Data – The Publishers’ Role A new community perspective piece by … Continue reading »

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Positive psychology interventions for depressive symptoms

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:04am

I recently  talked with a junior psychiatrist about whether she should undertake a randomized trial of positive psychology interventions with depressed primary care patients. I had concerns about whether positive psychology interventions would be acceptable to clinically depressed primary care … Continue reading »

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1:AM Funding Available for Altmetrics Projects

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:37am

We are extending the great enthusiasm from the 1:AM altmetrics conference (London, September 25-26, 2014) with a call for proposals of altmetrics projects. Much of our discussion was aimed at figuring out what we can do now to continue building and expanding our understanding and use … Continue reading »

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The greatest health threat you’ve never heard of, but need to know about.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:29pm

If you have a conversation with someone about the leading cause of global deaths, discussions will usually turn to Ebola, HIV or TB. Even more so, when we think of the biggest killers in the world’s poorer nations, we tend … Continue reading »

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Moratorium on virus research, epigenetics and fear, open access to journals

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:07pm

  A moratorium shuts down research on flu, MERS, and SARS viruses The debate began quickly over the moratorium that the White House has  declared on certain sorts of virus research, the sort where researchers are deliberately trying to make … Continue reading »

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Halloween Citizen Science Projects

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:49am

 Zombees and spiders and bats, Oh MY! Drag your bones over, give these projects a TRY! Happy Halloween! From the SciStarter team. Here are  five projects to put a smile on your skull.  Loss of the Night Bring Citizen Science with … Continue reading »

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Oppression, Mental Health, and the House Science Committee

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:40am

By Steven Folmar, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Anthropology, Wake Forest University      On September 15 of this year, I learned from my Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) that the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space … Continue reading »

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Eman’s Emails from Liberia: Through September

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:27am

Emmanuel Gokpolu, who lives in Liberia, calls me Mom, although he has a wonderful real mother. In Africa, family isn’t only about DNA. Eman contacted me in 2007, after using my human genetics textbook in college. My husband Larry and I had been … Continue reading »

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Everything you ever wanted to know about breast fat but were afraid to ask

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:00am

Before I begin, I should admit that the title of this post probably oversells the depth and breadth of the content that follows.  In fact, this post is going to focus exclusively on the one breast-related issue on which I … Continue reading »

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Rich Citations: Open Data about the Network of Research

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:04pm

Why are citations just binary links? There’s a huge difference between the article you cite once in the introduction alongside 15 others, and the data set that you cite eight times in the methods and results sections, and once more … Continue reading »

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Ebola has Taught us a Crucial Lesson about our Views of “Irrational” Health Behaviors

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:11pm

Sara Gorman compares “irrational” reactions to the Ebola outbreak by Americans and West Africans. As Ebola rears its ugly head in the U.S., there has been a lot of discussion about how afraid we really should be. While health officials … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:10pm

In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about managing disease outbreaks, alpha band oscillations, human embalming techniques, unexpected effects of synaptic size and staying asleep.   Controlling Disease Outbreaks Adaptively Disease outbreak management is a highly relevant topic given … Continue reading »

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The Price of Joining the ‘Middle Income Country’ Club: Reduced Access to Medical Innovation

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:27pm

On November 5, 2014, the WHO, WIPO and WTO will hold a joint symposium to discuss innovation and access to medical technologies in middle-income countries. In this post, Judit Rius Sanjuan and Rohit Malpani of Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the barriers … Continue reading »

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