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The Deadly Ebola Virus Has Killed At Least 78 People In West Africa And Is Spreading

"This geographical spread is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organizations working to control the epidemic."<p>An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has killed at least 78 people in Guinea, including four health care workers, and at least three in neighboring Liberia and …

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

The Social Contagion of Generosity

Abstract<p>Why do people help strangers when there is a low probability that help will be directly reciprocated or socially rewarded? A possible …

New class of antibiotics discovered by chemists

A new class of antibiotics to fight bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other drug-resistant bacteria that threaten …

5 Things I Learned From Helping My Dad Die

During the summer of 2006, my father suddenly developed a deep, science-fiction-scary cough unlike anything my family had ever heard before. It wasn't the kind of cough that comes with an ordinary cold. It was the kind of cough that makes anyone who hears it -- even strangers in the next aisle over …

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

Tough to Swallow: Paper Trail Behind ‘Breakthrough’ Leads to Penny-stock Profiteers

For what, insulin?<p>Let me get one thing straight: I was predisposed to cheer for Oramed Pharmaceuticals, a tiny Jerusalem-based drug developer that …

There Might Be A Big Corruption Scandal Surrounding America's Dangerous New Painkiller

Now, two senators are questioning the ethics of a series of meetings between drug companies and federal regulators, MedPage Today reports.<p>Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and David Vitter (R-La.) want answers about what they call "pay-to-play" meetings in which pharmaceutical manufacturers allegedly …

Friday Feedback: HIV Endgame in Sight?

This week, Friday Feedback takes a second look at a number of advances in HIV treatment and prevention -- aggressive treatment clearing HIV in a …

Legal flurry around Lake Oswego biotech firm Galena Biopharma shows flip sides of online financial site

A recent flurry of legal activity around a Lake Oswego biotech firm, Galena Biopharma, has highlighted the influence of a different company, Seeking …

Spinning trial results in news releases and subsequent news coverage

A paper by a French team in PLoS Medicine, “Misrepresentation of Randomized Controlled Trials in Press Releases and News Coverage: A Cohort Study,” …

Nobel Prize winner calls peer review “very distorted,” “completely corrupt,” and “simply a regression to the mean”

Sydney Brenner has been talking about what’s wrong with the scientific enterprise since long before he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or …

Measles gets a helping hand

In a recent post I shared a bit of my personal, near-death experience with measles during the US epidemic of 1989-1991. As I describe in that post, I …

Definition, reporting, and interpretation of composite outcomes in clinical trials: systematic review

• Gloria Cordoba, researcher1,<br>• Lisa Schwartz, professor2,<br>• Steven Woloshin, professor2,<br>• Harold Bae, researcher2,<br>• Peter C Gøtzsche, professor1<p>1Nordic …

Weekend reads: How much can one scientist publish? And more stem cell misconduct

Another busy week at Retraction Watch, including a ScienceOnline 2014 session Ivan facilitated on post-publication peer review. Here’s a selection of …

Richard Feynman Explains the Beauty of Science

Listen as Nobel Prize-winning, theoretical physicist Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988) explains the beauty of science. You can feel the passion in his …

PubMed Health Systematic Reviews

The Abstract display for PubMed clinical trial citations may now include a "Cited by systematic reviews" portlet if the trial is cited in a PubMed …

RT @medskep >2000 surgical robots in US & little to no conclusive evidence of > benefit http://t.co/mr9GcACsDp

Exon Skipping: Borrowing from Nature to Treat Rare Genetic Diseases | DNA Science Blog

Imagine selecting, copying, and pasting this sentence into a new document, but dropping or adding a word. The meaning might change — in the copy.<p>The …

Scientists learn how pathogens hack our immune systems to go undetected

A new report appearing in the March 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal helps shed light on what drives the evolution of pathogens, as well as how our …

Hospital rankings: I wasn't cynical enough.

Whenever I think I am too cynical about the business of health care, I learn something that makes me understand that I am not cynical enough. You may …

Pause for thought | All Models Are Wrong

Ed Hawkins, Doug McNeall and I have just had a commentary published called Pause for Thought. It’s part of a Nature Focus on the slowdown in global …

Lake Oswego firm Galena Biopharma sued over marketing campaign, insider selloff

Executives and directors of a Lake Oswego biotech firm have been sued over an allegedly misleading marketing campaign that included purported …

“Unfortunately, scientific publishing is not immune to fraud and mistakes”: Springer responds to fake papers story

We have an update on the story of 120 bogus papers being removed by IEEE and Springer. The latter posted a statement earlier today, which we include …