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Zika Emergency Puts Open Data Policies to the Test

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The Zika outbreak comes at a time of ongoing advances in data sharing policy, including a new call by the Wellcome Trust for journals and research funders to support open sharing of Zika research.  PLOS

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Be Heard: PLOS BLOGS Reader Survey

PLOS serves its authors and readers through its suite of journals, community sites, social media and network of over 20 blogs. Your opinion is now sought to help PLOS shape the future of The PLOS

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Mycetoma: The PLOS NTDs Collection

Peter Hotez and Serap Aksoy, co-editors-in-chief of PLOS NTDs, announce a new collection of research on Mycetoma, an “honorary” NTD. Mycetoma is a serious and debilitating condition that meets all of the criteria we ordinarily

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The Future of Diabetes Prevention: A Call for Papers

The PLOS Medicine Editors announce a summer Special Issue on Diabetes Prevention to be guest edited by Prof. Nick Wareham and Prof. William Herman. Submissions are now being accepted ahead of the deadline of March

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Will Zika become the 2016 NTD of the Year?

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLOS NTDs) co-Editors-in-Chief Peter J Hotez and Serap Aksoy discuss the threat of zika virus spread throughout the Americas and call for zika virus researchers to submit their research to PLOS NTDs

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Who Draws the Line Between Health and Illness? A Look Ahead to the 2016 Preventing…

Oxford University’s Jack O’Sullivan catches up with two co-chairs of the the Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference scientific committee— Alexandra Barratt, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney, and Ray Moynihan, Senior Research Fellow from

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Step up to Stop TB

Grania Brigden discusses the findings of the Out of Step report into national TB policies. The report will be launched on December 2 at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Cape Town, South

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More people, more time, better data – what we need to ‘treat-all’ with HIV

On World AIDS Day 2015 and as the 18th International Conferences on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) is in full swing, Helen Bygrave discusses the implications of the recently announced WHO ‘treat-all’ policy. On

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Filarial Diseases and the Nobel Prize for Medicine: Going Even Further for Neglected Patients

Claudia Pena Rossi of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative reflects on the Nobel Prize winning work of William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura and the current challenges in the fight against fiarial diseases. The Nobel Prize for Medicine The post Filarial Diseases and the Nobel Prize for Medicine: Going Even Further for Neglected Patients appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Adiós, River Blindness: The journey from drug discovery to elimination

The PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases team celebrates the 2015 Nobel Prize winners as well as recent victories in onchocerciasis elimination efforts. Unless you regularly work with neglected tropical diseases, onchocerciasis is probably a word you The post Adiós, River Blindness: The journey from drug discovery to elimination appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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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 » The post PLOS Pathogens at 10 Years appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Health and the Sustainable Development Agenda: Leaving No One with Disability Behind

On the eve of the UN summit on Sustainable Development goals, Alarcos Cieza of the WHO reminds us that disability is part of the human experience contributing to human diversity. On September 25-27 the United Nations Member States will meet … Continue reading » The post Health and the Sustainable Development Agenda: Leaving No One with Disability Behind appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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“Don’t just do something, Stand there!”: Highlights from PODC 2015

Jack O’Sullivan (@JackOSullivan3) recounts highlights from the third Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, hosted last week by U.S. National Cancer Institute. Fifteen hundred years BC, the Ancient Egyptians recognised the potential harms of overtreatment – ‘tumor against the god Xenus, do thou … Continue reading » The post “Don’t just do something, Stand there!”: Highlights from PODC 2015 appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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PLOS NTDs co-Editor-in-Chief Serap Aksoy and Associate Editor Dan Masiga conduct a Manuscript…

By Serap Aksoy and Joel Ochieng An important goal for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLOS NTDs) is to develop global capacity in publication practices in low- and middle-income countries, given that NTDs disproportionately affect people living in these areas. Accordingly, … Continue reading » The post PLOS NTDs co-Editor-in-Chief Serap Aksoy and Associate Editor Dan Masiga conduct a Manuscript Writing Workshop at University of Nairobi, Kenya. appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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