Psychosocial care focuses too much on young, attractive patients successfully coping with cancer.

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 The YAVIS bias reconsidered: Young, attractive, verbal, intelligent, successfully coping with cancer preferred.

For a related slide presentation, see here.

purchase of friendshipWilliam Schofield’s provocative book, Psychotherapy: The Purchase of Friendship was written while I was in high school, but it …

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Ebola: a Blind Outbreak

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Grazia Caleo of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK describes her experiences as a medical epidemiologist during the Ebola outbreak in Kailhun, Sierra Leone.

In José Saramago’s book, Blindness, he describes an epidemic of an unknown infection that causes people to …

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How do paleontologists access the (non-open access) literature?

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It is no secret to those who know me that I am strongly supportive of open access (OA)–published data and personal experience alike show that OA is strongly beneficial to science. That said, it’s not as if we can ignore …

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Genetic Testing For All: Is It Eugenics?

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ATCG's Image with Group of PeopleIn recent weeks, there’s been talk of three types of genetic testing transitioning from targeted populations to the general public: carrier screens for recessive diseases, tests for BRCA mutations, and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) to spot extra chromosomes in fetuses …

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In Honor of Dr. Elisabetta Ullu

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Kasturi Haldar, PLOS Pathogens Editor-in-Chief, reflects on Elisabetta Ullu’s pioneering contributions to the understanding of molecular mechanisms of RNAi in T. brucei.

On the eve of 25th anniversary of the premier Molecular Parasitology Meeting (MPM) held at the …

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Open Source for Open Metrics

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The scientific community is increasingly recognizing how the open science enterprise critically relies on access to scientific tooling. John Willinsky, Stanford scholar and Director of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), presaged this development, calling it an “unacknowledged convergence” …

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Citizen Science and Water Monitoring: How Healthy is the Water Near You?

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On September 18th of each year, the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) encourages people around the world to test the quality of the water near them, share their findings, and become inspired to protect one of the most important (if not the

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When Implementing Universal Health Coverage, Context Matters

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As the WHO’s Millennium Development Goals reach their final phase, Sara Gorman reflects on what we have learned about how political, cultural and financial contexts impact the success of universal health coverage systems. 

In May of 2013, Margaret Chan affirmed …

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about plant extinction at the end of the Cretaceous, human tolerance to HIV and control of plant responses to hypoxia.


The End-Cretaceous Impact Winter Killed Off Slow-Growing Plants

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Worms in the Big Apple: Identifying Patterns of Toxocariasis Infection in New York City

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For thousands of Americans, roundworm infection may pose a serious threat to their health. Toxocariasis, an illness caused by a parasitic roundworm, can potentially cause chronic health problems, including ocular infections, diminished lung function, and poor cognitive development. It …

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