March 29, 2015

4:27 PM | Plasmodium knowlesi: A New Ancient Malaria Parasite
There are over a hundred different species of the malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites in reptiles, birds and mammals. Being so widespread among terrestrial vertebrates, zoonotic transfer of Plasmodium has come at humans from multiple different sources. Plasmodium knowlesi had been known for some time as a parasite of long-tailed macaques but was not considered a significant human … Continue reading Plasmodium knowlesi: A New Ancient Malaria Parasite →

March 26, 2015

8:24 AM | Problems public health investigators face: It’s a tough job (but we love ya for it)
In Ontario, Canada (that’s in Canada), enteric case investigators perform a number of functions when conducting telephone interviews including providing health education, collecting data for regulatory purposes ultimately to prevent further illness, enforcement, illness source attribution and outbreak detection. Information … Continue reading →

March 21, 2015

8:12 PM | Paris Is Halving the Number of Cars on the Road to Battle A Recent Spike In Pollution
For the past few days, the Eiffel Tower has been shrouded in a smoky haze. That’s because the city of Paris has experiencing a sharp rise in air pollution, even topping the world air pollution charts for a brief period earlier this week. Now, Paris is taking drastic measures to combat the smog spike. On Saturday (3/21), the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that Paris would be cutting the number of cars on the road in half beginning next week. On Monday,

March 17, 2015

3:10 PM | A healthy society is a disaster resilient society
Today, we warmly welcome to the blog Professor Shinichi Egawa from the Division for International Cooperation for Disaster Medicine, International Institute of Disaster Science at Tōhoku University. His bio can be found at the bottom of this post. Disasters are usually measured … Continue reading »The post A healthy society is a disaster resilient society appeared first on Public Health.

March 12, 2015

7:50 PM | Measles Could Cause More Deaths Than Ebola In West Africa
West Africa's Ebola outbreak could be stanched by mid-year – but in the epidemic's wake, another public health crisis looms. Disruption of the region's already feeble health care systems has derailed health campaigns targeting childhood diseases, leaving the door wide open for measles and other preventable illnesses. Read more...
9:00 AM | Simulating complexity and predicting the future
Predicting complex disease is the latest genomics flavor of the day. Or rather, it's the old flavor with a new name -- precision medicine.  So, we were pleased to be alerted to a new paper (H/T Peter Tennant and Mel Bartley; "The mathematical limits of genetic prediction for complex chronic disease," Keyes et al., Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health) that addresses the prediction question by simulating a lot of data to look at how plausible it will be to predict complex […]

March 11, 2015

7:20 PM | New Vaccine Proven Effective Against Genital And Oral Herpes Viruses
An unconventional take on vaccine design has been shown to protect mice against HSV-1 and HSV-2, the two most common forms of herpes that cause cold sores and genital ulcers, respectively.Read more...

March 10, 2015

10:59 PM | Study: Booze Consumption Changes Dramatically Over A Person's Lifetime
A recently published analysis combined data from nine studies to create the "life course trajectories of alcohol consumption" for folks in the UK. The study marks the first attempt at estimating, from longitudinal data, how our drinking habits change with age.Read more...
10:30 AM | A climate scientist becomes a denialist arguing vaccine pseudoscience
The human mind is amazing in its ability to compartmentalize. Many are the times when I’ve come across people who seem reasonable in every other way but who cling tightly to one form of pseudoscience or another. On the other hand, as I’ve noticed time and time again, people whose minds have a proclivity for…

March 04, 2015

8:47 PM | The Ebola Outbreak Has Had Devastating Consequences For Maternal Health
In Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak is having a horrifying impact on pregnant women, regardless of whether they have Ebola.Read more...

March 03, 2015

1:00 PM | Syndemics and Historic Diseases
I’ve been looking for a model or framework to bring together interdisciplinary evidence on diseases of the past. There are a variety of disciplinary approaches but few that can readily incorporate very different types of evidence well. Apart from past discussions of discrete co-morbidities, the most common framework for understanding historic disease ecology has been … Continue reading Syndemics and Historic Diseases →
10:00 AM | Hot under the (epidemiological) collar
Blogs like this are venues for expressing views on the current scene, in our case, related to genetics, evolution and a few other things we throw in.  If you express a view, unless it's just plain vanilla, you will irritate some readers.  In a sense, if you don't then there's no point in writing the blogpost.  In this case, we heavily criticized the recent NYTimes article reporting that the government has now backed off its claim that dietary cholesterol is a heart disease risk […]

March 02, 2015

3:00 AM | The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest
By David Quammen Synopsis: In this “frightening and fascinating masterpiece” (Walter Isaacson), David Quammen explores the true origins of HIV/AIDS. The real story of AIDS—how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one […]
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