Post Removed by PLOS – The Fight Over Transparency: Round Two




  Statement from PLOS: PLOS Blogs is, and will continue to be, a forum that allows scientists to debate controversial topics. However, given additional information for further inquiry and analysis, PLOS has determined that the Biologue post that had occupied this … Continue reading »






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Disappearing Down Syndrome, Genetic Counseling, and Textbook Coverage




Last week, several people sent me a perspective piece by bioethicist Art Caplan in PLOS Biology, “Chloe’s Law: A Powerful Legislative Movement Challenging a Core Ethical Norm of Genetic Testing.” The concise and compelling article considers legislation to mandate that genetic … Continue reading »






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Big Food and Public Health Research




This post has been updated adapted from a post in 2012, in response to the controversy over the Global Energy Balance Network. As an obesity researcher I have publicly grappled with the ethics of working with the food industry here … Continue reading »






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Time Traveling in New Mexico




Citizen scientists of the Santa Fe National Forest Site Steward Program in New Mexico volunteer thousands of hours through difficult terrain to record observations at archeological sites, helping protect their scientific value for future research. Find out more about this … Continue reading »






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The evolution of sedentary time




This post originally appeared on Mr Epidemiology on 16 April 2012. The negative health effects of sedentary behaviour are a hot topic gaining scientific and popular attention. News outlets have emphasised that sitting is killing us. Given the tsunami-like obesity epidemic that has … Continue reading »






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Responding to Climate Change – an update




How are we reacting to climate change, why, and how might we act to mitigate it? Today we are updating PLOS’ Responding to Climate Change Collection, coinciding with a chance to ask climate researcher and activist James Hansen about his … Continue reading »






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What caused the childhood obesity epidemic?




This post was originally published in 2013.  Earlier this week the Global Energy Balance Network made news, and in doing so claimed that there is “virtually no compelling evidence that [fast food and sugary drinks], in fact, is the cause” … Continue reading »






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Prions, Memory and PTSD: A conversation with Nobel prize winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric R. Kandel




Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been described as a disorder of memory. It has become quite apparent that there are two types of memory in PTSD: the first being the involuntary intrusions of the trauma, and the second being the voluntarily … Continue reading »






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Coca Cola and Energy Balance




Earlier this week friend and fellow science-blogger Matt Herod sent me a link to a New York Times article outlining a Coca Cola-funded group called the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN).  It’s a good article, so head over to read … Continue reading »






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More sciencey than the rest? The competitive edge of positive psychology coaching




Is positive psychology coaching better than what its competitors offer? Is positive psychology coaching the science-oriented brand or does it just look sciency? How do we judge?     In Mind the Brain, we have been showing that critical appraisal … Continue reading »






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