Dear Parents/Grandparents: Your Toddler Does Not Need a Screen for Christmas

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Christmas is upon us.  If you are a parent/grandparent/relative, you are likely scrambling for that last minute item that your child will love.  One thing I urge you to avoid: screens, and toys that incorporate screens.  Your toddler does not … Continue reading »

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2014: A Great Year for Hupehsuchia

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I just can’t get enough of those bizarre hupehsuchians! These ancient marine reptiles–known exclusively from ~248 million year old rocks in China–had a tubular, bone-encased torso, toothless jaws, and flippers often sprouting an extra finger and toe or two. In … Continue reading »

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Will following positive psychology advice make you happier and healthier?

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Smile or Die – the European retitling of Barbara Ehrenreich’s realist, anti-positive-psychology book Bright Sided:How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America – captures the threat of some positive psychology marketers’ advice: if you do not buy what we sell, you will … Continue reading »

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How to Use the Genetic Code for Passwords

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  Need a password for a new device or service? Try the genetic code. Messenger RNA triplets and the amino acids they specify provide nearly endless password possibilities. And it’s timely — the People’s Choice for Science magazine’s Breakthrough of … Continue reading »

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Chagas disease is turning up in (un)likely places. Who is ready for it?

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Please welcome another guest post by Charles Ebikeme. –Beth Chagas is a more dangerous and much more pervasive disease than we give it credit for. A tropical disease that is really no longer quarantined to the tropics, Chagas has been … Continue reading »

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3 tricks for preventing holiday weight gain

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Although only 1 in 10 individuals will gain 5 lbs or more during the holidays, most of us will put on some weight that tends to stay with us during the course of the following year. Thus, to help you … Continue reading »

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Science’s Water Coolers: Turning Up the Volume On Journal Clubs

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  London, 1835 – 1854.  Sometimes they just played cards. But mostly, they would gather in a small room over a baker’s shop and read journals. The doctors had formed “a kind of club” because the hospital library didn’t have a … Continue reading »

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The truth about holiday weight gain

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Today I’d like to revisit an issue which is becoming a bit of a holiday tradition here at Obesity Panacea. How much weight do people gain over the holidays?   If you ask many people, they will say that the … Continue reading »

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Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola

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Michelle Mello, Maria Merritt, and Scott Halpern discuss healthcare institutions’ responsibilities to support their employees’ volunteer efforts in Ebola-affected regions. This is a pre-publication version of a manuscript that has been accepted by PLOS Medicine as a Guest Editorial. The … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week you can read about life without microbes, host-parasite coevolution, the temporal precision of distinguishing odours and how viruses package their genomes.   Life in a World without Microbes According to Louis Pasteur, “Life would not … Continue reading »

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