Pentimento: Revealing the Women Obscured in Science’s History

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  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?

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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

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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

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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?

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  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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The Fatter we Get, the Less We Seem to Notice

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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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Beefy Bones and a Big Bite for the Ancient Whale Basilosaurus

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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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ALM Reports – more features, more power

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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

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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

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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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