Cholera outbreaks can be mitigated by the use of vaccination after they have begun, according to two new studies. This issue is currently at the top of the research agenda for many scientists, as controversy over plans to roll out a vaccination campaign in Haiti continues.
This arresting image of scientific collaboration displays connections between cities 2005-09, based on shared authorship of research papers in Elsevier’s Scopus database.
Cross posted from Nature Medicine’s Spoonful of Medicine blog. It’s official. Before the end of the year, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to dissolve its National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and open a new center devoted to translational research. Speaking at a NCRR advisory council meeting on 25 January, Lawrence Tabak, deputy director of the NIH and co-director of the NCCR task force, presented a tentative framework for breaking up of the center, redistributing its programs and budgets, and reassigning all NCRR employees to comparable positions within the agency. NIH officials first disclosed the plan to … Read more
A major claim of anti-abortion campaigners appears to have been undermined by a new study showing termination of pregnancy does not lead to mental health problems. Although women who had abortions were found to have a higher incidence of pre-existing mental health problems in a major new study relative to women who gave birth. Read more
US President Barack Obama’s climate agenda hit a wall on Capitol Hill, and now his administration’s Plan B – going it alone with existing regulatory authority – is under fire from a newly emboldened Republican majority in the House of Representatives. So perhaps it’s not surprising that the president’s top adviser on energy and climate issues, Carol Browner, is stepping down (New York Times, Washington Post). Read more