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

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Judit Rius Sanjuan and Rohit Malpani of Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the barriers to health care access for poor people in middle income countries. When people think about medical humanitarian aid, the usual association is with war zones and natural … Continue reading »

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Chromatin and Epigentics: From Omics to Single Cells

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As part of its mission to encourage engagement within the genetics community, PLOS Genetics is sponsoring a number of conferences and meetings this year. In order to raise awareness about these conferences and the researchers who attend them we are … Continue reading »

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Do physical activity interventions also decrease sedentary time ?

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Today’s post comes from friend and colleague Dr Stephanie Prince, discussing her important new paper published in Obesity Reviews (available free here).  More on Stephanie can be found at the bottom of this post.  And if you happen to be … Continue reading »

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Does Urbanization Always Drive Economic Growth? Not Exactly…

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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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12 simple ways to prevent cancer

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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 »

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Citizen Scientists, Help SciStarter Empower You!

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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 »

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I’ve Got a (lot of) Little (check)lists

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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 »

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Meet PLOS at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2014

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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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Out in the cold: Freezing feces and human eggs. Also, scientific easter eggs

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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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Voluntary Male Circumcision as HIV Prevention in Africa

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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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