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Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV coinfection: Time for Concerted Action

In 2013, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases decided to dedicate a special collection to VL-HIV co-infection. With Ed Zijlstra, Asrat Hailu, and myself as guest editors, they sent out a call for papers. Today the Visceral Leishmaniasis-HIV Collection is launched, …The post Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV coinfection: Time for Concerted Action appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency?

At the International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XIII) held in Mexico City earlier this month, we learned of a very serious and dangerous tropical disease situation now unfolding in Venezuela.   The most glaring public health failure has been a sharp …The post Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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The Global Response to the Ebola Fever Epidemic: What Took So Long?

Mark J. Siedner of Harvard Medical School and John D. Kraemer of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, discuss the impact of the delayed global response to the Ebola epidemic. On August 8, twenty weeks …The post The Global Response to the Ebola Fever Epidemic: What Took So Long? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Ebola: Liberians Destined for Extinction

Liberian medical student Gondah Lekpeh gives us his perspective from the front lines of the Ebola outbreak. On July 22 of this year, the Liberian Minister of Health informed us and the world that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in …The post Ebola: Liberians Destined for Extinction appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Reflections on feces and its synonyms

As medical parasitologists we tend not to be too squeamish when discussing human feces. They represent one of the “five F’s” of parasitology – feces, fingers, flies, food, fomites – and indeed, most of the world’s poor living below the …The post Reflections on feces and its synonyms appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Introducing a New Look for the Journal Homepages

Today sees the launch of our re-vamped homepages for PLOS Medicine, PLOS Pathogens and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. They’ve been designed to give easy access to all recently published work, and to better incorporate some of the beautiful images …The post Introducing a New Look for the Journal Homepages appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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World Hepatitis Day 2014 – Think Again

A former hepatitis virus researcher reminisces on the progress made and challenges remaining in the fight to eradicate chronic viral hepatitis. July 28, 2014.  “Hepatitis: Think Again.”  That is the motto for this year’s World Hepatitis Day, a program …The post World Hepatitis Day 2014 – Think Again appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Visit PLOS at IUMS 2014 in Montréal

We are pleased to announce that PLOS Pathogens will be exhibiting at the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), July 27th – August 1st in Montréal. IUMS unites 3 international congresses of bacteriology and applied microbiology, mycology and eukaryotic microbiology, …The post Visit PLOS at IUMS 2014 in Montréal appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Millennium Development Goal 6: Measuring Progress

One of the most dramatic international responses to the Millennium Development Goals launched by then United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan in 2000 has been the global public health community’s response to MDG 6 “To combat AIDS, malaria and other diseases” [1].  …The post Millennium Development Goal 6: Measuring Progress appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Evidently it’s Cholera Season

Just when the oppressive summer heat and humidity in South Asia seem no longer tolerable, especially to this Northern expatriate new to Bangladesh, the rains come, bringing relief in the form of cooler temperatures, fresh air, and sparkling trees and …The post Evidently it’s Cholera Season appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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PLOS launches Clinical Immunology Collection

Nathaniel Gore, Editorial Project Manager of PLOS Collections, on the launch of a new Clinical Immunology Collection Image Credit: NIAID/NIH, Wikimedia Commons / PLOS Today PLOS launches a new Collection – the Clinical Immunology Collection. Following on from the successful redevelopment of the Synthetic Biology Collection, and responding to the commonly articulated request from our users that we provide more structured and efficient access to papers of interest in the PLOS corpus, the Clinical Immunology Collection is organized into several sub-disciplines, enabling researchers to easily locate the research they seek. To this end, the Clinical Immunology Collection launches today with sections on Allergies & Anaphylaxis and Tumor Immunology. The Collection has been seeded with previously published PLOS content – from across the suite of PLOS journals – and will be expanded as new research and commentary is published by PLOS. Furthermore, the collection will see the addition of further Clinical Immunology subsections – including Immunodeficiency Syndromes, Autoimmune Conditions, Infectious Disease Immunology, Immunomodulatory Treatments and Transplant Immunology – and, later in the year, the addition of an Immunobiology Collection which will include sections on Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Evolutionary Immunology, Animal Models of the Human Immune System and Immune System Ontogeny. To find out more about the Collection contact collections@plos.org or, if you are at FOCiS 2014 this week, please drop by Booth 115 to receive a complimentary USB drive containing articles published by PLOS authored by FOCiS 2014 presenters, and selected articles from the corpus of clinical immunology research published by PLOS.

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From One to One Million Article Views: Q&A with Author John Ioannidis

PLOS’s Erica Kritsberg interviews John Ioannidis about the success of his article “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False”, which reached one million views in April this year. John Iaonnidis “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False”, the PLOS Medicine article by John Ioannidis, surpassed one million views late April 2014, the first PLOS article – research or other – to reach this milestone. First published Aug. 30, 2005, it has continued to influence thinking and inspire debate in the field and beyond. To commemorate this achievement, Ioannidis, C

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Book Review: The Adventure of the Cure That Wasn’t

Marzieh Ghiasi and Madhukar Pai from McGill University & McGill International TB Centre, Montreal, review “The Remedy” by Thomas Goetz Robert Koch raised the hopes of millions of tuberculosis patients with his remedy (i.e. tuberculin) that turned out to be ineffective. Today, tuberculin is a widely used diagnostic test for latent tuberculosis infection (picture). Image credit: Madhukar Pai No image is more iconic of the Victorian age than that of a detective with a deerstalker cap, pipe, and magnifying glass roaming the dark streets of London in search of criminals and murderers. Hidden in plain sight, the real killers of the nineteenth century were infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, responsible for as many as a quarter of all deaths in that era.

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EH!WOZA: Leaving the Lab and Addressing TB Stigmas and Taboos

Anastasia Koch, a molecular biology PhD student in South Africa talks about engaging the community with biomedical research. Ikamva Youth on a visit to MMRU labs As a molecular biology – molecular mycobacteriology to be precise – PhD student, I never thought I’d be involved in the production of documentaries & online media resources. In the past few months, I’ve uncharacteristically found myself critiquing aesthetics in film and design owing to an involvement in a unique collaboration between biomedical scientists, artists, and a community not-for-profit organisation. Let me begin with some background. I work in the Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit (MMRU) of the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

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