In October 2007, PLoS Medicine will publish a special issue devoted to poverty and human development.
Archives for January 2007
Recently, the PLoS UK office had a 15 year old high school student, Abi, doing work experience with us for a week. This is what she thought of it all…
I started my week of work experience a little apprehensive, worried that I would not understand any of the “complicated” scientific terms used in PLoS. But I was wrong. On my first day I was introduced to the user-friendly website, and also to the research articles, only to discover that even I could understand them, especially with the Editors’ Summaries available in PLoS Medicine. As the week has gone on, I have found more and more articles on PLoS which are of interest to me, all of which I fully understand and enjoy, and so have discovered that there is something for everyone here. Personally, I have found articles on the relationship between sleep deprivation and obesity interesting, as well as articles I have come across discussing suicide rates . I am aware that it’s probably just me in my own weird way that finds these particular two articles among the most interesting on the PLoS sites, but it does just prove my point that everyone will find something at PLoS which interests them, whether it be the ultrasonic songs of male mice or a new arthritis therapy .
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The second Tuesday of each month, social changemakers and web innovators get together to network, socialize and share ideas at Net Tuesday , an event produced by NetSquared, a project of TechSoup. Barbara and I are giving the presentation this evening on Open Source and Open Access Online Publishing.
Recommendations are now in from the UK expert group that was set up to investigate what happened in the disastrous TGN1412 trial. In that trial, six healthy men were given a monoclonal antibody that had never been tested in humans before, and they all experienced very serious adverse events. One participant ultimately had to have to have multiple amputations and all those involved were critically ill. You can read the full text of the paper describing clinical outcomes in this trial on the NEJM website.