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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Positively Negative: A New PLOS ONE Collection focusing on Negative, Null and Inconclusive Results

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“I never quit until I get what I’m after. Negative results are just what I’m after. They are just as valuable to me as positive results.” – Thomas A. Edison The publication of negative results is vitally important for many … Continue reading »

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“Vaccine Hesitancy”: The PLOS Currents Collection

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Peter Hotez (@peterhotez), President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, announces the launch of PLOS Currents Outbreaks collection on Vaccine Hesitancy. Measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000 – with elimination defined … Continue reading »

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Chlamydia trachomatis –Urgent need for an effective T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of a stealth bacterial pathogen

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Toni Darville from the University of North Carolina considers the potential for a successful T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia trachomatis accounts for ~100 million genital tract infections in industrialized nations annually, and continues … Continue reading »

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