Author Archives: PLoS Medicine Blog

Highlighting notable helminth research and a PLOS Science Weds AMA preview for #WormWeek

To many people, worms are considered harmless creatures, if not a little yucky. But don’t be fooled by their small and innocuous size, some worms are parasitic, and are the cause of substantial disability for

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Humanitarian Emergency in Northeast Nigeria

Jean-Hervé Bradol of Médecins Sans Frontières discusses the humanitarian emergency left in the wake of Boko Haram’s occupation of Borno State, Nigeria. Several days ago, I returned from Borno State in northeast Nigeria, where a

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CRISPR Puts Up a Fight Against Persistent Herpesviruses: A Short Animation

A video by Research Square depicts the science behind a PLOS Pathogens research article Since its development, CRISPR technology has been applied a range of scientific inquiries, spanning from the genomic editing of Florida orange

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Perspectives Toward the Elimination of Hepatitis B

Professor Guangxiang (George) Luo discusses recent advances in antiviral drug development and hepatitis B immunization which hold great promise for achieving the WHO goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030. The World Health Organization (WHO)

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Week 4 of the Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes

PLOS Medicine Senior Editor Richard Turner discusses the fourth and final week of the Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes. Read about week one Read about week two Read about week three This fourth and ultimate week of PLOS Medicine’s

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Dementia across the lifespan and around the globe—Pathophysiology, prevention, treatment, and…

The PLOS Medicine Editors announce a Special Issue on Dementia to be guest edited by Dr. Carol Brayne and Dr. Bruce Miller. Submissions are now being accepted ahead of the deadline of September 30. PLOS

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Week 3 of the Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes

 PLOS Medicine Senior Research Editor Clare Garvey on week three of the Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes Read about week one Read about week two Week three of the PLOS Medicine Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes brings

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Spotlight on Outreach: PLOS NTDs Cohosts International Writing Workshop in Shanghai, China

Serap Aksoy, co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs and Marian Weidner, Senior Publications Assistant,  give an overview of the recent International Writing Workshop As part of the journal’s outreach work, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Editorial Board has

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Week 2 of the Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes

Associate Editor Tom McBride discusses the new research and commentary appearing in the second week of PLOS Medicine’s Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes. Each week this July PLOS Medicine will be publishing new perspective and

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Setting a new standard for how we measure global health

Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses the Guidelines for Accurate and Transparent Health Estimates Reporting (GATHER) statement and the importance of ensuring accurate and transparent reporting of public health research. New

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What’s with these Vector-borne Neglected Tropical Diseases?

Peter Hotez and Serap Aksoy, co-Editors in Chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diaseases, contemplate the recent rises in various vector-borne NTDs around the world In 2013 both chikungunya and Zika virus infection are believed to have first

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Week 1 of the Diabetes Prevention Special Issue

PLOS Medicine Senior Research Editor Clare Garvey previews the first week of the Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes, which includes research and commentary on the global burden of diabetes, taxes on energy-dense foods, the benefits of home-cooked

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Ending Tuberculosis in Afghanistan: working together towards a common goal

Mohammad Razi discusses the fight against TB in Afghanistan and the need to  focus on new shorter treatment for MDR TB through involvement of all healthcare providers Afghanistan is one of 22 countries with a high

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Catching up with the Authors: Aurélie Jeandron and Ayse Ercumen on Clean Water Supply in the…

Last October PLOS Medicine published two research articles from separate groups investigating the association between continuous clean water supply and waterborne diseases.  Aurélie Jeandron and colleagues found that interruptions to the piped water supply to Ulvira, a

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