Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data

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PLOS Medicine’s Senior Research Editor, Clare Garvey, recently caught up with Francis Ouellette, the Associate Director of Informatics and Biocomputing at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) to find out about progress in cancer genomics, the issues surrounding the … Continue reading »

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Rifts and Bright Spots in Evidence-Based Medicine

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It all starts and ends with the patient. That was a strong message from the first day of Evidence Live. Trisha Greenhalgh walked that walk on day 2. She showed the limits of evidence-based medicine (EBM) with the story of one patient’s … Continue reading »

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Concussion, TBI, human evolution, Neanderthal DNA, blogging news

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Concussion, traumatic brain injury, and life’s hard knocks Search “concussion” in the media and you’ll come away thinking hard knocks to the head are chiefly a problem for kids and football players (or kid football players.) Last fall the blog … Continue reading »

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Assessing Breast Cancer Risk: Beyond the Angelina Effect

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On April 30 at 7:30 PM,  I’ll be part of a panel on Health Link with Benita Zahn, WMHT TV, to discuss the genetics behind the “Angelina Jolie effect” that has catalyzed testing for the BRCA mutations that increase risk for breast … Continue reading »

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Head Rattling Results: Fin Whales Hear with Their Skulls

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Many of us have heard the haunting call of a whale ‘song,’ but how do the whales themselves hear sound? Similar to the way that animals see color in different ranges of the visible light spectrum, the mechanism by which … Continue reading »

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Ask our authors anything: new PLOS ‘AMA’ series debuts on redditscience

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PLOS, in conjunction with reddit, is pleased to announce the April 22 launch of ‘PLOS Science Wednesday’ a weekly Ask Me Anything (AMA) series featuring PLOS authors in live chats on redditscience (/r/science), the popular online gathering place for researchers, students and others interested in … Continue reading »

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Sordid tale of a study of cognitive behavioral therapy for schizophrenia gone bad

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What motivates someone to publish that paper without checking it? Laziness? Naivety? Greed? Now that’s one to ponder. – Neuroskeptic, Science needs vigilantes. We need to Make the world safe for post-publication peer review (PPR) commentary. Ensure appropriate rewards for … Continue reading »

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Evidence Live and Kicking (Part 1)

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“Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis?” That 2014 editorial by Trisha Greenhalgh and colleagues echoed through the hallways leading up to this year’s Evidence Live conference, on now at Oxford University. Day 1 down, and the question is well … Continue reading »

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When Open Access is the norm, how do scientists work together online?

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The Web was invented to enable scientists to collaborate. In 2000 the Los Alamos National Laboratory commissioned me to write a progress report on web-based collaboration between scientists, Internet Groupware for Scientific Collaboration. Blogs, social media, and Open Access publishing of … Continue reading »

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Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other?

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Jocalyn Clark (@JocalynClark) describes the challenge of achieving and maintaining basic cleanliness and sanitation in a children’s cancer ward in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A couple of years ago I wrote about a talk Wendy Graham gave at the Maternal Health conference … Continue reading »

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