How will the Ebola epidemic end?

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Upon his return from 6 weeks volunteering with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership at a number of Ebola isolation facilities in Freetown, Tom Boyles considers the endgame of the Ebola epidemic. There are encouraging signs of an overall reduction in … Continue reading »

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Rising Wealth Inequality and NCDs – What’s the Link?

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This week, Maja Pleic writes on the connections between economic inequality and non-communicable disease. A timely article, in time for the latest triennial Global Status Report on NCDs.   On January 19th, Oxfam released a report which shows that global wealth inequality, … Continue reading »

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State of the Union: precision medicine, the space program, climate change

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  The state of science and medicine in the State of the Union As David Malakoff observed at ScienceInsider, science is never the centerpiece of the President’s annual State of the Union speech.  On Tuesday evening, however, science and medicine … Continue reading »

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Introducing the Tripod Statement for Reporting Clinical Prediction Models

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Gary Collins (@GSCollins) of the TRIPOD Steering Group introduces the TRIPOD Statement, which provides guidance for reporting clinical prediction models. Clinical predictions are routinely made throughout medicine and at all stages in pathways of health care and are the basis for communicating risk or … Continue reading »

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From GMOs to GROs: Will Life Find a Way?

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A pair of papers in this week’s Nature introduces GROs — “genomically recoded organisms” — whose altered genetic code makes them require a synthetic amino acid to survive. Although this new type of biocontainment indeed keeps microorganisms from spreading to … Continue reading »

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Why a new antibiotic won’t help diseases of poverty

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Today we warmly welcome Alexander Chaitoff and Joshua Niforatos to the blog. They are medical students at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with interests in social justice and health equity. See the end of this post for their … Continue reading »

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Propose or Join a Citizen Science Hackfest Project!

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Propose or join a project or activity for the SciStarter Hackfest at the Citizen Science Association Conference! What: A hands-on and discussion-driven meet-up where everyone participates in dreaming up AND building creative tools to improve the field of citizen science! … Continue reading »

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NIMH Biomarker Porn: Depression, Daughters, and Telomeres Part 1

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Does having to cope with their mother’s depression REALLY inflict irreversible damage on daughters’ psychobiology and shorten their lives? A recent BMJ article revived discussion of responsibility for hyped and distorted coverage of scientific work in the media. The usual … Continue reading »

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New Year’s resolution pitfalls and how to avoid them

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“Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil.” -Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Losing weight is the number one resolution people make … Continue reading »

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What is the scientific literature used for?

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For better or for worse, we paleontologists (and many other scientists) view the use and importance of the literature in terms of citations. Citations are what drives the ever-beloved impact factor, as well as other metrics such as the h-index. Indeed, … Continue reading »

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