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“Vaccine Hesitancy”: The PLOS Currents Collection

Peter Hotez (@peterhotez), President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, announces the launch of PLOS Currents Outbreaks collection on Vaccine Hesitancy. Measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000 – with elimination defined … Continue reading »The post “Vaccine Hesitancy”: The PLOS Currents Collection appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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What Kills Little Kids?

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Peter Hotez (@PeterHotez), co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs and Jennifer Herricks (@JenHerricks) of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine comment on the recently released global mortality numbers, specifically those for children under five. The Global Burden … Continue reading »The post What Kills Little Kids? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Chlamydia trachomatis –Urgent need for an effective T cell vaccine to combat the silent…

Toni Darville from the University of North Carolina considers the potential for a successful T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia trachomatis accounts for ~100 million genital tract infections in industrialized nations annually, and continues … Continue reading »The post Chlamydia trachomatis –Urgent need for an effective T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of a stealth bacterial pathogen appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Book Review: What Cancer Teaches Us About Ourselves

Seth M. Holmes from University of California Berkeley and Molly Hales from University of California San Francisco and Berkeley review Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us by S. Lochlann Jain. Much as we might want to render cancer an external threat to … Continue reading »The post Book Review: What Cancer Teaches Us About Ourselves appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Translating Research into Practice Series: From Inaction to Advocacy: Placing Women and…

Originally featured on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Blog site, this post is part of the Translating Research into Practice Series which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collections describing the impact of their research since publication. Post written by: By Alicia Ely … Continue reading »

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Translating Research into Practice Series: Emergency Obstetric Referral and Transport in Low-…

Originally featured on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Blog site, this post is part of the Translating Research into Practice Series which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collections describing the impact of their research since publication. Post written by: Dr Julia Hussein, Scientific … Continue reading »The post Translating Research into Practice Series: Emergency Obstetric Referral and Transport in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: the Direction of Travel appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Translating Research into Practice Series: Improving Birth and Pregnancy Outcomes through…

Originally featured on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Blog site, this post is part of the Translating Research into Practice Series which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collections describing the impact of their research since publication. Post written by: By Yaliso Yaya, PhD … Continue reading »The post Translating Research into Practice Series: Improving Birth and Pregnancy Outcomes through Registries in Southern Ethiopia appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Translating Research into Practice Series: Using Research Findings to Influence Maternal Health…

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Originally featured on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Blog site, this post is part of the Translating Research into Practice Series which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collections describing the impact of their research since publication. Post Written By: Bolaji Fapohunda, Senior Advisor … Continue reading »The post Translating Research into Practice Series: Using Research Findings to Influence Maternal Health Action: An Example from Nigeria appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Translating Research into Practice Series: Five ways an Innovative Program increased Facility…

Originally featured on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Blog site, this post is part of the Translating Research into Practice Series which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collections describing the impact of their research since publication. Post written by: Seye Abimbola, Research … Continue reading »The post Translating Research into Practice Series: Five ways an Innovative Program increased Facility Birth in Nigeria appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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A Final Update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection & Reflecting on our 3 Year…

In November 2011, PLOS and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) embarked on a 3 year partnership aiming to highlight the needs of mothers and infants through the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. Today we announce the final update to … Continue reading »The post A Final Update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection & Reflecting on our 3 Year Collaboration appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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How a Tree Helped a Village with Ebola Control

Upon her return from 6 weeks in west Africa working with Partners In Health on the Liberia Ebola response, Farrah Kashfipour reflects on the challenges of responding to an epidemic in a resource-limited setting. The Ebola epidemic continues to ravage west Africa, … Continue reading »The post How a Tree Helped a Village with Ebola Control appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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How will the Ebola epidemic end?

Upon his return from 6 weeks volunteering with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership at a number of Ebola isolation facilities in Freetown, Tom Boyles considers the endgame of the Ebola epidemic. There are encouraging signs of an overall reduction in … Continue reading »The post How will the Ebola epidemic end? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Introducing the Tripod Statement for Reporting Clinical Prediction Models

Gary Collins (@GSCollins) of the the TRIPOD Steering Group introduces the TRIPOD Statement, which provides guidance for reporting clinical prediction models. Clinical predictions are routinely made throughout medicine and at all stages in pathways of health care and are the basis for communicating risk or … Continue reading »The post Introducing the Tripod Statement for Reporting Clinical Prediction Models appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win?

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Bernard Pécoul and Manica Balasegaram discuss whether drug companies have taken advantage of flaws in the FDA Priority Review Voucher program. It sounded like a pure global health success story. A company develops a drug for one of the most neglected … Continue reading »The post FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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