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The Price of Joining the ‘Middle Income Country’ Club: Reduced Access to Medical Innovation

On November 5, 2014, the WHO, WIPO and WTO will hold a joint symposium to discuss innovation and access to medical technologies in middle-income countries. In this post, Judit Rius Sanjuan and Rohit Malpani of Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the barriers … Continue reading »The post The Price of Joining the ‘Middle Income Country’ Club: Reduced Access to Medical Innovation appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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I’ve Got a (lot of) Little (check)lists

PLOS Medicine Editorial Director, Virginia Barbour, reflects on the publication of the CONSORT and PRISMA guidelines and reminds us of the importance of checklists to medical publishing. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Lord High Executioner has, sadly given lists a bad name. … Continue reading »The post I’ve Got a (lot of) Little (check)lists appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Voluntary Male Circumcision as HIV Prevention in Africa

PLOS Medicine Associate Editor Linda Nevin discusses the landmark publication, and striking impact, of the first randomized clinical trial of voluntary medical male circumcision, published in PLOS Medicine in 2005. Since the 1980s, observational studies have shown that HIV infection … Continue reading »The post Voluntary Male Circumcision as HIV Prevention in Africa appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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The Truth about Standardized Packaging? Blow Some My Way

PLOS Medicine Associate Editor, Linda Nevin, discusses how a 2014 research article by Selda Ulucanlar and colleagues deconstructed advocacy documents submitted to the UK government by tobacco companies, and catches up with one of the authors for a Q&A. As … Continue reading »The post The Truth about Standardized Packaging? Blow Some My Way appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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“Pulling Back the Curtain” on Lethal Injection

PLOS Medicine Associate Editor, Thomas McBride, reflects on the 2007 research article that investigated whether lethal injection consistently induces a painless death. The December 7, 1982 execution of Charles Brooks Jr. in Texas marked the first use of lethal injection, … Continue reading »The post “Pulling Back the Curtain” on Lethal Injection appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Quantifying the Dirty Nature of War

PLOS Medicine Senior Editor, Amy Ross, discusses the potential impact of the “Dirty War Index”, a tool developed by Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks and Michael Spagat, to minimize civilian harm in areas of armed conflict. While international humanitarian treaties, such as … Continue reading »The post Quantifying the Dirty Nature of War appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Outing Wyeth and Their Hired Ghosts

Margaret A. Winker, MD, Senior Research Editor for PLOS Medicine, reflects on the 2010 Policy Forum by Adriane Fugh-Berman that explored the medical literature manipulation behind hormone “replacement” therapy. The results of the Heart Estrogen/progestin Replacement Study (HERS) and Women’s … Continue reading »The post Outing Wyeth and Their Hired Ghosts appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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PLOS Medicine’s Big Food Series: Shining a Spotlight on Industry’s Influence on Health

PLOS Medicine Deputy Editor, Paul Simpson, reflects on the PLOS Medicine Series on Big Food, which was published in 2012. ‘The Food Industry is Ripe for Scrutiny’ is the clarion call of the lead editorial that announced PLOS Medicine’s Big … Continue reading »The post PLOS Medicine’s Big Food Series: Shining a Spotlight on Industry’s Influence on Health appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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A Little Furry Test for Human Toxicity

PLOS Medicine Associate Editor Laureen Connell discusses a research article from 2014 in which Gary Peltz and colleagues described a new mouse model with a humanized liver that can replicate human-specific toxicity and improve safety of clinical trials. In 1993, … Continue reading »The post A Little Furry Test for Human Toxicity appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Happy Birthday to PLOS Medicine

On the 10th anniversary of our first issue, the PLOS Medicine Editors reflect on some of our most interesting and influential articles. This week PLOS Medicine celebrates the 10th anniversary of our first issue. Don’t worry, you don’t need to … Continue reading »The post Happy Birthday to PLOS Medicine appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Improving the health of pre-adolescent children: The latest update to the Pediatric Medicine…

In celebration of PLOS Medicine’s 10th birthday, we announce an exciting update to the Pediatric Medicine Collection, highlighting new articles focusing on the health needs of 5 to 10 year old children globally. In January 2014 PLOS Medicine launched a … Continue reading »The post Improving the health of pre-adolescent children: The latest update to the Pediatric Medicine Collection appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Global Health Security and the NTDs

Peter Hotez, co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on President Obama’s call for global action to prepare for future disease outbreaks and to treat biological threats as issues of national and global security. In a landmark White House summit …The post Global Health Security and the NTDs appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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PLOS Medicine launches a new Collection on Universal Health Coverage

A new PLOS Medicine collection, Monitoring Universal Health Coverage, provides technical details and country-level experience of the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Universal Health Coverage, adding much needed insight to the global conversation on this topic. Universal Health Coverage …The post PLOS Medicine launches a new Collection on Universal Health Coverage appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Ebola: a blind outbreak

Grazia Caleo of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK describes her experiences as a medical epidemiologist during the Ebola outbreak in Kailhun, Sierra Leone. In José Saramago’s book, Blindness, he describes an epidemic of an unknown infection that causes people to …The post Ebola: a blind outbreak appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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