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Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data

PLOS Medicine’s Senior Research Editor, Clare Garvey, recently caught up with Francis Ouellette, the Associate Director of Informatics and Biocomputing at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) to find out about progress in cancer genomics, the issues surrounding the … Continue reading »The post Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other?

Jocalyn Clark (@JocalynClark) describes the challenge of achieving and maintaining basic cleanliness and sanitation in a children’s cancer ward in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A couple of years ago I wrote about a talk Wendy Graham gave at the Maternal Health conference … Continue reading »The post Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Training the Next Generation of Scientists from Disease Endemic Countries Should be a High…

Serap Aksoy, co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on the importance of training young scientists in the Tropical Infectious Disease community. There is a lot of excitement in the NTD community around the “E” words. After the many investments made by … Continue reading »The post Training the Next Generation of Scientists from Disease Endemic Countries Should be a High Priority in Disease Elimination Efforts appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Ready or Not: Here Come the Data

Michael W. Painter of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asks if you are ready for the data explosion in health care, and announces the release of the Foundation’s Data for Health Advisory Committee report. You are aware that your devices … Continue reading »The post Ready or Not: Here Come the Data appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Time for a jumpstart: accelerating access to new and promising DR-TB drugs

On World TB day, Grania Brigden (@TBbrigden) of Médecins Sans Frontières (@MSF) calls for improved global access to MDR-TB drugs. World TB Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made in beating this ancient disease. … Continue reading »The post Time for a jumpstart: accelerating access to new and promising DR-TB drugs appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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The Oral Microbiota Affects More Than Just the Mouth

For World Oral Health Day, Lily Berrin, daughter of a periodontist and dental hygienist, highlights recent PLOS Pathogens content to remind us that oral pathogens do more than just cause cavities. There is more going on behind that smile than … Continue reading »The post The Oral Microbiota Affects More Than Just the Mouth appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Engaging the Public on Global Health

In the wake of Ebola, Sara Gorman (@saragorm) discusses the need to keep the general public engaged and informed on global health issues. A simple Google AdWords search of Ebola keyword searches in the past twelve months in the U.S. … Continue reading »The post Engaging the Public on Global Health appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Reflecting on the Maternal Health Collections

In celebration of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health collaboration we take a look back through the collections and highlight some of the most influential and interesting articles included in the collections. In November 2011, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and … Continue reading »The post Reflecting on the Maternal Health Collections appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases

Peter Hotez (@PeterHotez), Co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, was named U.S. Science Envoy by the White House and State Department with a focus on vaccine science diplomacy and joint vaccine development with countries in the Middle East and North … Continue reading »The post Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Sweetening their own deal

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (@CSPI), comments on a research article appearing in PLOS Medicine this week that describes the sugar industry’s continuing efforts to subvert public health policies. Forty or … Continue reading »The post Sweetening their own deal appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Open access to anti-Trypanosomatid compounds selected from whole-cell high throughput…

Ana Rodriguez, Deputy Editor of PLOS NTDs, and Julio Alonso Padilla, former visiting fellow at GlaxoSmithKline, announce the disclosure of a large collection of antiparasitic compounds to facilitate research and drug development for Chagas Disease, Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) and … Continue reading »The post Open access to anti-Trypanosomatid compounds selected from whole-cell high throughput screenings appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Chagas Disease: The New Numbers

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Peter Hotez (@PeterHotez), Co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on new WHO estimates of the burden of Chagas disease in Latin America. The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released new estimates on the number of people living with … Continue reading »The post Chagas Disease: The New Numbers appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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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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