Guest post: Economists should focus on the economy, not public health

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Ed note: Please welcome Dr Travis Saunders back for another guest post. Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the health impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. He blogs … Continue reading »

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The Rights Stuff: Copyright, Scientific Debate, and Reuse

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We’ve all monkeyed around trying to sort out the ownership of published content. In the scientific community, copyright and its (mis)application in publishing has authors, publishers, and readers grappling with questions of what is legally possible, what is desirable, and … Continue reading »

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Does Exposure to Smoking (either passive or active) Lead to Increased Allergies?

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Charles Ebikeme interviews Dr. Bahi Takkouche of the University of Santiago de Compostela and reviews his research on smoking and allergies, which was published earlier this year in PLOS Medicine. Dr. Takkouche’s paper is included in the PLOS Clinical Immunology Collection, which … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about brain folding in mammals, misfolded proteins in human genetic disease, and mechano-transduction.   Evolution of the Mammalian Cortex – Folded or Unfolded? The neocortex of the brain is highly expanded in … Continue reading »

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Sedentary behaviour in the workplace

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First of all, I’d like to wish a happy blog-versary to Peter; today marks 6 years of blogging at Obesity Panacea in its various forms (the traditional gifts are apparently candy and iron).  To be fair, I actually forgot (but … Continue reading »

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Failing grade for highly cited meta-analysis of positive psychology interventions

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The many sins of Sin and  Lyubomirsky I recently blogged about Linda Bolier and colleagues’  meta-analysis of positive psychology interventions [PPIs] in BMC Public Health. It is the new kid on the block. Sin and Lyubomirsky’s  meta analysis is accepted … Continue reading »

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An Interview with Pascale Cossart

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Charles Ebikeme interviews Pascale Cossart of the Institut Pasteur on the occasion of her receipt of the Women in Science Award at FEBS-EMBO 2014. On September 2, Pascale Cossart received the Women in Science Award at the Federation of European … Continue reading »

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Red meat and cancer: the biological evidence

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  Two weeks ago, we discussed the link between red meat consumption and breast cancer risk. This relationship is particularly interesting, given that younger women and those taking birth control pills were at the highest risk for breast cancer, indicating … Continue reading »

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SciStarter Hackfest Coming to CitSci2015!

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Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the CitSci2015 blog at the Citizen Science Association What: A hands-on meet-up where everyone participates in dreaming up AND building creative tools to improve the field of citizen science! Where: Citizen Science 2015 Conference, San Jose, CA Who: The … Continue reading »

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The good news, maybe: Landing on a comet. The bad news, maybe: Supremes vs. Obamacare

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  START HERE for the quite wonderful story of landing on a comet..  And when you get there, click PREV to continue (in reverse chronological order) seeing xkcd’s live comicking of the Philae lander’s arrival on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-P for … Continue reading »

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