Monthly Archives: January 2018

Facing the data avalanche in Science and Healthcare


Vast amounts of data are collected every day from all aspects of people’s lives. The recent field of network science aims to tackle the sheer amount of information gathered to provide insights on our health and better understand biomedical processes. Applied Network Science will collect the most recent developments of the field in a new thematic series on Network Medicine in the era of Big Data in Science and Healthcare, guest edited by Emre Guney, Marc Santolini and Amitabh Sharma.

Health Technology

Slow-release formulation of antiparasitic drug for dogs in the fight against echinococcosis

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Echinococcosis is a zoonotic, parasitic disease caused by Echinococcus tapeworms. It affects humans in two forms: cystic and alveolar, with dogs act as the definitive host for the worms. A study published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty looks at the chemistry and delivery of praziquantel, the recommended antiparasitic drug, in efforts to provide more effective control through longer lasting resistance to Echinococcus infections.

Biology Health Medicine

The Ketogenic Diet: New Interest in an Old Practice

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The new year brings with it new promises — eat less, sleep more, find love, lose your mind (mindLESSness is apparently the new mindfulness) — and this year, the weight-loss world is kicking off 2018 with a renewed interest in the Kardashian-loving ketogenic diet, whose adherents claim a host of health benefits, shedding unwanted pounds not least among them.


Social inequality, scientific inequality and the future of mental illness


Despite five decades of research and discoveries in psychiatry, the results have not always met the expectations. Outcomes are still poor in a number of disorders, including schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression. In a new article published in Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, Charles Dean explores the complex relationship between failures in psychiatry, the concept of disease in mental health, research funding, and the rise of socioeconomic inequality.