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“452 passed,” the ICU nurse told me. I couldn’t remember who she was. I looked for her name on the list among the several dozens of patients I was cross-covering. “452 passed,” the attending said to me 60 seconds later. I … Continue reading »

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Again, water on Mars. Also abortion, Planned Parenthood, fetal tissue research

WATERY MARS AGAIN Emily Lakdawalla thinks everybody should calm down about NASA’s much-trumpeted latest discovery of liquid water on Mars. The discovery, which is probably not flowing water but rather something more like damp sand, doesn’t, she argues at the … Continue reading »

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CokeGate – Big Soda’s deep pockets reach further than we think

Alexandra Jones is a lawyer, working on food policy with The George Institute for Global Health. She is interested in how law can be used to create conditions for people to live healthier lives, particularly in the field of non-communicable … Continue reading »

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Archaeology and Conservation in the Tropical Forests of the Central African Republic

By Chris Kiahtipes The tropical forests and savannas of Africa play a central, symbolic role in our modern dialogue about wilderness, conservation, and land management. However, efforts to establish reserves, parks, and wilderness areas often create conflicts with local societies … Continue reading »

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Understudy Gene Offers Hope for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

I began writing about genetics decades ago, and the best thing about getting older is witnessing the development of targeted treatments for single-gene diseases that I never thought would happen. But it is happening, for cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, … Continue reading »

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American Academy of Pediatrics Report Ignores Health Impacts of Screen Time

I just came across a new release from the American Academy of Pediatrics titled “Beyond ‘turn it off’: How to advise families on media use“.  The report is the result of their recent invitation-only Growing Up Digital Media Research Symposium. … Continue reading »

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Post-SPRINT Trial Headaches

  On 11 September, some 9,300 participants in the SPRINT trial were sent a letter from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The letter told them the part of the trial where they needed to meet a set blood pressure target is … Continue reading »

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What happens when you build a pyramid upside down?

On Tuesday, September 29th 2015, Canada achieved a milestone. For the first time in history, the number of people aged 65 and older outnumbered those aged 0 – 14 years of age. A shocking 16% of Canadians – almost one … Continue reading »

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Blue Sky Bio Competition by SynBioBeta SF 2015

This year, SynBioBeta is hosting a special event, the Blue Sky Competition, at the San Francisco SynBioBeta conference, held on November 4th, 2015 at the Mission Bay Conference Center. As passionate supporters of the development synthetic biology in industry, SynBioBeta … Continue reading »

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PLOS Pathogens at 10 Years

Editors-in-Chief Kasturi Haldar and Grant McFadden highlight 10 years of PLOS Pathogens research in celebration of past accomplishments and future endeavors. As PLOS Pathogens turns 10, we are excited to assemble a collection of primary research articles that reflects the … Continue reading »

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