Does Your Personality Affect Your Dog? Here’s How You Can Find Out




Researchers are trying to find out how your personality affects your dog’s behavior. Learn how you can participate in the largest citizen science project of its kind. by Kristin Butler When I adopted my dog Kia from a puppy rescue center three … Continue reading »






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The Myth of the Freshman 15




Its nearly back-to-school time. For many recent high-school graduates, the next week or two represent the beginning of a whole new chapter: post-secondary education. Of all the challenges college freshmen need to contend with, worrying about potential weight gain should … Continue reading »






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Overcoming the Breastfeeding Barriers Black Women Face




We started August with World Breastfeeding Week and a post on how women aren’t getting the support they need to meet their own breastfeeding goals. August ends with another important theme: Black Breastfeeding Week. (This year’s hashtag: #LiftEveryBaby) Black women … Continue reading »






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9-2-15 PLOS Science Wednesday AMA Preview: River blindness programs improve health outcomes: Evidence for increased prioritization of NTDs in post-2015 global health agenda




By Sara Kassabian River blindness (onchocerciasis) is an onerous neglected tropical disease (NTD) and the second-leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Onchocerciasis is transmitted by a bite from the black fly, which creates an inflammatory response that leads to blindness … Continue reading »






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The Value of 3 Degrees of Separation on Twitter




  The more interconnected our Twitter networks get, the more the distance between us and total strangers shrinks [PDF]. That’s not always a good thing. Twitter is fabulous. There’s fun, camaraderie, fascinating people, and ideas you wouldn’t otherwise encounter. Victoria Costello … Continue reading »






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Psychology cleans up its act, plus biohackers embrace gene editing, CRISPR, cyborgs




THE MESS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND OTHER SCIENCES TOO You’d think that the just-published Science paper, recounting a massive  attempt at replication of 100 selected research projects published in the top psychology journals in 2008, would be cause for much beating … Continue reading »






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Drinking water before meals leads to weight loss




Over the years, we’ve often recommended the simplest of behaviour changes to improve your health: drinking more water during the day. There’s certainly no downside to staying hydrated, plus the increased trips to the bathroom will ensure you get up … Continue reading »






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Launching the PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2015




What did you do when you turned 10? Throw a party? Have a sleepover? Eat chocolate cake? We would love to do all these things with our readers, authors and editors (especially the chocolate cake), but after much deliberation, we … Continue reading »






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The Holocaust intrudes into conversations about psychiatric diagnosis: Godwin’s rule confirmed




The President-elect of the British Psychological Association drops the N word and invokes the Holocaust in denouncing mental health professionals who embrace the biomedical model. The conversation concerning Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia  (hereafter UPS) took another wrong turn with extended … Continue reading »






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NeuroTribes: Steve Silberman on a haunting history and new hope for autistic people




To mark the publication of the book NeuroTribes (Aug 25, 2015; Avery/Penguin Random House) by Steve Silberman, whose blog of the same name has been hosted on the PLOS BLOGS Network since 2010, we invited independent science writer Emily Willingham, PhD to review the book and conduct an … Continue reading »






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