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PLOS Pathogens Continues Bridging Communities through Polymicrobial Research

The PLOS Pathogens staff  reflects on successful Co- and Polymicrobial Infections Collection and reaffirms its commitment to the publication of novel multidisciplinary work.  Last September, PLOS Pathogens issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors to submit

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A PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Dementia across the lifespan and around the globe

Associate Editor Tom McBride discusses the contents of the Dementia Special Issue’s first two weeks. This month, PLOS Medicine is proud to present our third Special Issue: Dementia across the Lifespan and around the Globe.

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Training Liberia’s Next Generation of Obstetric Clinicians through Interactive Distance…

David Southall and Rhona MacDonald of Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI) describe a distance learning project to train obstetric clinicians in Liberia from the Highlands of Scotland. An analysis by the World Health Organization

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Yellow Fever Global Whack-a-Mole

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Editors-in-Chief Serap Aksoy and Peter Hotez consider recent outbreaks of Yellow Fever in Africa and Brazil in light of a global rise in vector borne diseases. ; While many in the community

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The “Why Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism” Papers

PLOS NTDs co-Editor-in-Chief Peter Hotez lists the key scientific papers refuting the myth that vaccines cause autism I have a unique perspective on the recent headlines surrounding vaccines and their alleged links to autism. I

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Lessons that Last, and Last, and Last: 400 Pearls and Still Counting

In conjunction with the publication of the 400th Pearls article, PLOS Pathogens Pearls Editor Joseph Heitman reflects on the continued success of Pearls, an Open Access compendium of the “lessons that last”. There are a number of ways

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2017 Global Infectious Diseases Threats to the United States

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases co-Editor-in Chief Peter Hotez predicts the major infections that will threaten the US in the coming year. By the fall of 2015 it was pretty clear that Zika virus infection was

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Introducing a Special Issue of PLOS Medicine: Clinical Implications of Cancer Genomics

Senior Editor Richard Turner discusses the contents of the Cancer Genomics Special Issue’s first week. This month, PLOS Medicine’s content is devoted entirely to our special issue on the clinical implications of cancer genomics—two leading

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UN World Toilet Day 2016

PLOS Medicine and PLOS NTDs reflect on 15 years of World Toilet Day and announce the WASH Collection. UN World Toilet Day highlights the urgent need to address a global sanitation crisis by providing toilets

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Vaccinations, Vaccine Science, and a New US President

PLOS NTDs co-Editor in Chief Peter Hotez encourages US President-Elect Donald Trump to support pro-vaccine policies to protect public health. The 2016 US Presidential debates and campaign were mostly devoid of any meaningful science policy discussions. Beyond climate

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Catching up with the author: Gareth Whitely on snake venom and antivenom research

See the article here:  Catching up with the author: Gareth Whitely on snake venom and antivenom research

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Drug Regulation in the Age of Antimicrobial Resistance

On the eve of the Union World Conference on Lung Health, Bev Stringer of Médecins Sans Frontières discusses how unregulated access to anti-tuberculosis treatments has contributed to the rise of multidrug-resistant TB. The World Health

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Trauma, a Neglected Global Disease: A Call for Papers on Prevention, Management and the Acute…

PLOS Medicine, the leading open access medical journal, publishes themed issues regularly to highlight and encourage progress in key areas of clinical research. As part of this program, the journal is now inviting submissions of

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Can Hippocrates prevent overdiagnosis?

Jack O’Sullivan fills us in on highlights and buzz from this year’s Preventing Overdiagnosis conference in Barcelona.  Hippocrates’ infamous oath echoed around Barcelona’s International Convention Centre throughout the fourth Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, held this past

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