Christine Ferguson

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Natural biodiversity in forests has become the focus of increased attention in recent years and maintaining this biodiversity is now an important management goal. Amphibians are an important, though somewhat invisible, component of forest biodiversity, differing considerably from other vertebrates in their physiology, behaviour and role in food webs. Their(More)
As the prevalence of obesity steadily grows, so too does our understanding of the threats that excess weight poses to both our individual health and our nation as a whole. With this information, there is a need now more than ever to reconsider the options we have to mitigate the health risks and costs of this growing epidemic. This includes, among other(More)
This study aimed to examine variations in patient-physician communication by obesity status. We pooled data from the 2005-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS),_included only individuals who completed the self-administered questionnaire themselves, and restricted the sample to patients who received care from primary care physicians. We included a(More)
P LoS Biology was launched in 2003 with the goal of creating an open-access alternative to the very best subscription journals—a home for great science, which would be made available immediately and freely to any interested reader. We've come a long way toward achieving this goal, and the support of the scientific community has been paramount in the(More)
In an environment of limited resources, the question of who is deserving and undeserving of assistance becomes critical. Policymakers’ biases about whether a health condition is self-inflicted, as well as their perceptions about whether treatments are truly effective, play a major role—often unstated—in the allocation of resources. [Health Affairs 26, no. 5(More)