Coop’s Scoop: Speak for the Bees on the next #CitSciChat

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You’ve probably heard the maxim about unforeseen consequences: “Be careful what you wish for, it might come true.” For example, we may wish to be rid of insects, which outnumber us a zillion to one. But if our wish comes … Continue reading »

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Why you crave tomato juice on an airplane

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I’m writing this seated on a plane heading to San Francisco. We’ve been in the air for under an hour, and the drink cart is just starting to make its way down the aisle. As the cart rolls nearer I’m … Continue reading »

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Advice for those considering and those in a PhD

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Readers of the blog will know that I successfully defended my PhD in March. Today, I want to share some thoughts I have on the process for those considering a PhD and for those in the PhD. Deciding if you … Continue reading »

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Juice ≠ Fruit (!!!)

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Word emerged last week that Health Canada was re-considering whether it should continue to view a serving of juice (125 ml) as being equivalent to a half cup of fresh/frozen fruit.  I think this would be a wonderful development, and … Continue reading »

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The most distinctive causes of death in each US state

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Often left to the domain of geography, maps are an under-recognised yet essential tool in the field of public health. Public health researchers don’t often make maps, yet they are terribly valuable in public health practice for basic descriptive understanding … Continue reading »

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Reflections on using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat neuropsychiatric disorders

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By Daniel Albaugh One of my most fascinating experiences as a doctoral student of neuroscience began with an early morning trip to the university hospital. Upon arrival, my laboratory colleagues and I met with one of the clinical neurologists, who … Continue reading »

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Support Open Access publishing with the click of a button

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The Open Access Button is a web and mobile app that helps students, researchers, patients and the public get access to academic research. In 2013 two undergraduate students in the United Kingdom, and a team of volunteer developers first led … Continue reading »

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Update on gene editing of human embryos–and other organisms

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  The National Academy of Sciences has confirmed officially that yes, as rumored for weeks, it will hold a meeting to thrash out issues posed by the new gene editing techniques. These will probably be ethical and policy issues mostly. … Continue reading »

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Nepal after the recent earthquakes: reconstruction and vaccine-preventable enteric diseases

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In the wake of the recent devastating earthquakes, PLOS Medicine Consulting Editor Lorenz von Seidlein visited Nepal to assess outbreak risks. Lorenz travelled with Anuj Bhattachan, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Korea and guidance from Deepak C. Bajracharya and Shyam Raj Upreti  … Continue reading »

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Malaria and Epstein-Barr Virus: A Lethal Combination

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A recent study in PLOS Pathogens investigates how Epstein-Barr virus and malaria co-infection may create a lethal combination if the timing is right. Epstein-Barr virus and malaria are two infections that can each be controlled on their own, but a new study in … Continue reading »

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