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Social pathways for Ebola Virus Disease in rural Sierra Leone, and some implications for…

This manuscript has been conditionally accepted by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases for publication prior to formal review. Following a successful outcome of independent peer review, a revised version will be formally published by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and a link to the final … Continue reading »The post Social pathways for Ebola Virus Disease in rural Sierra Leone, and some implications for containment appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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A Rapid Response to Ebola

The ability to rapidly disseminate the findings of primary research as well as informed scientific assessment and opinion is critical in the face of public health emergencies such as the present outbreak of the Ebola virus.  At PLOS, primary research … Continue reading »The post A Rapid Response to Ebola appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Researchers Follow the Path of HIV and Prevention Interventions

Charlene Dezzutti from the University of Pittsburgh and the Magee-Womens Research Institute explains how HIV researchers are incorporating biomarkers and preclinical testing – featured in the PLOS Collection Advances in HIV Mucosal Immunology: Challenges and Opportunities – in their pursuit of an … Continue reading »The post Researchers Follow the Path of HIV and Prevention Interventions appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Urbanisation Up Close

Jocalyn Clark @jocalynclark discusses the urbanisation of the world’s population and its impact on global health. Undeniably the world is urbanising. By 2050, according to the UN, the world’s urban population will almost double from its 2007 size of 3.3 billion … Continue reading »The post Urbanisation Up Close appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Ebola has Taught us a Crucial Lesson about our Views of “Irrational” Health Behaviors

Sara Gorman compares irrational reactions to the Ebola outbreak by Americans as well as those in Western Africa. As Ebola rears its ugly head in the U.S., there has been a lot of discussion about how afraid we really should … Continue reading »The post Ebola has Taught us a Crucial Lesson about our Views of “Irrational” Health Behaviors appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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

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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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