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October 21, 2014

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3:00 AM | Seven Modern Plagues: and How We Are Causing Them
By Mark Jerome Walters Synopsis: Epidemiologists are braced for the big one: the strain of flu that rivals the pandemic of 1918-1919, which killed at least 20 million people worldwide. In recent years, we have experienced […]

October 20, 2014

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6:00 PM | How Nigeria Stopped Ebola "Dead In Its Tracks"
Finally, some good news to report on the Ebola front: Nigeria and Senegal are now completely free of the disease. Here's how they contained the outbreak — and why the world needs to take notice. Read more...
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1:00 PM | 12 simple ways to prevent cancer
33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »The post 12 simple ways to prevent cancer appeared first on Public Health.
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1:00 PM | 12 simple ways to prevent cancer
33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »The post 12 simple ways to prevent cancer appeared first on Public Health.

October 17, 2014

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8:00 AM | Ebola Virus Hysteria What To Do Unequivocally To Survive!
Ebola Virus: I have not FRIENDS no soon do I meet them and they’re gone. Death: I’m Still here… Caption:  Like the Ebola virus & Death, some Relationships are Toxic! Mental Health Humor Cartoons: All rights reserved ©Chato B. Stewart 2014. As the deadly Ebola outbreak devastates West Africa, it is ever more clear the […]

October 16, 2014

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2:49 AM | Epidemiology, just trying to do this jigsaw puzzle: Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 associated with lettuce served at fast food chains in the Maritimes and Ontario, Canada, Dec 2012
Background: Identification and control of multi-jurisdictional foodborne illness outbreaks can be complex because of their multidisciplinary nature and the number of investigative partners involved. Objective: To describe the multi-jurisdictional outbreak response to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Canada that … Continue reading →

October 15, 2014

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11:55 PM | Fox News' Shepard Smith Says Not To Panic About Ebola. He's Right.
If you read, watch, or listen to one thing about Ebola in America today, let it be this. Fox News anchor Shepard Smith delivered a much-needed rebuke against sensationalist coverage of U.S. Ebola cases today, while providing a clear-headed review of the facts as they now stand. Read more...

October 13, 2014

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7:00 AM | Antiperspirants: Not a cause of breast cancer
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post in which I explained why wearing a bra does not cause breast cancer. After I had finished the post, it occurred to me that I should have saved that post for now, given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The reason is that, like clockwork, pretty…

October 12, 2014

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11:42 PM | Coffee: Healthful or harmful? An emphatic maybe
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October 10, 2014

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9:30 PM | ​U.S. Emergency Rooms Are Bracing For An Ebola Panic
There have been 5,000 Ebola false alarms since the first case in the U.S. was confirmed on September 30. And if past outbreaks are any guide, expect a growing number of Americans to be making unnecessary visits to hospitals, placing stress on the resources of emergency care facilities.Read more...
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7:12 PM | Disease Detectives Investigate Outbreaks at Home and Abroad
The medical sleuths of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been thrust into the limelight with the recent Ebola epidemic. Charged with chasing diseases and stopping outbreaks, they’re... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 09, 2014

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8:51 PM | "On Ebola & The Killing of Excalibur"
On #Ebola and the killing of Excalibur the dog in Spain: my take at NPR http://t.co/igvUA4Z2Mi #dogs #epidemiology— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) October 9, 2014 Are dogs even a vector for Ebola, as we know they are for rabies?
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1:33 PM | ID Week Comes to Philadelphia
The annual infection diseases conference known as ID Week kicked off in Philadelphia yesterday, and it couldn’t be more timely. And it’s not just because of Ebola. A slew of other outbreaks have been in the public eye as of late: enterovirus, MERS, dengue fever. The program organizers have shifted...

October 07, 2014

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7:10 PM | From AIDS to Ebola, Why Is Global Health Security Failing?
Amid news that the number of Ebola cases had reached more than 6,000 in West Africa, public health and international security experts from around the world gathered in Washington, DC last week for a candid discussion of how the global community failed to contain the disease—and what lessons still needed to be learned.Read more...

October 06, 2014

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7:00 AM | Breast cancer myths: No, antiperspirants do not cause breast cancer
Four weeks ago, I wrote a post in which I explained why wearing a bra does not cause breast cancer. After I had finished the post, it occurred to me that I should have saved that post for now, given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The reason is that, like clockwork, pretty much […]

October 04, 2014

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7:15 PM | Researchers Have Identified The Origin Of The AIDS Pandemic
An international team of researchers has traced the "epidemic ignition" of HIV/AIDS to 1920s Kinshasa, what is now the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Read more...

October 03, 2014

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8:45 AM | The Daily Mail is on the case !!
A short update this time, but it seems the Daily Mail has been checking out PubMed in the same way I have been doing. Surprisingly (unless they read this blog as well), they covered the same article about the impact of 50 Shades of Grey. In my case this resulted in “Reading 50 Shades of […]

September 30, 2014

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10:55 PM | First Case of Ebola in the U.S. Strikes in Dallas, Texas
The CDC is reporting that the first official case of Ebola in the U.S. has been diagnosed in a person who traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa.Read more...
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4:25 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (SEP 2014)
Before leaving for Venice and Padova to introduce Blastocystis to the XXX National Congress of The Italian Society of Protistology (ONLUS), allow me to kick in just a few words for the September issue of 'This Month in Blastocystis Research'.I will highlight two papers.The first is a study from the US (Yes, - US data! How rare is that?). The team investigated the prevalence and subtype distribution of Blastocystis among client-owned and shelter-resident cats and dogs. Studies of Blastocystis in […]

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL, Stensvold CR, Vedel Nielsen H & Bytzer P (2014). The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites is not Greater Among Individuals with IBS: a Population-Based Case-Control Study., Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25229421

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL & Bytzer P (2013). The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome in Denmark. A population-based survey in adults ≤50 years of age., Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 48 (5) 523-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506174

Ruaux CG & Stang BV (2014). Prevalence of Blastocystis in Shelter-Resident and Client-Owned Companion Animals in the US Pacific Northwest., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226285

Wang W, Cuttell L, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Inpankaew T, Owen H & Traub RJ (2013). Diversity of Blastocystis subtypes in dogs in different geographical settings., Parasites & vectors, 6 215. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23883734

Wawrzyniak I, Poirier P, Viscogliosi E, Dionigia M, Texier C, Delbac F & Alaoui HE (2013). Blastocystis, an unrecognized parasite: an overview of pathogenesis and diagnosis., Therapeutic advances in infectious disease, 1 (5) 167-78. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165551

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4:25 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (SEP 2014)
Before leaving for Venice and Padova to introduce Blastocystis to the XXX National Congress of The Italian Society of Protistology (ONLUS), allow me to kick in just a few words for the September issue of 'This Month in Blastocystis Research'.I will highlight two papers.The first is a study from the US (Yes, - US data! How rare is that?). The team investigated the prevalence and subtype distribution of Blastocystis among client-owned and shelter-resident cats and dogs. Studies of Blastocystis in […]

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL, Stensvold CR, Vedel Nielsen H & Bytzer P (2014). The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites is not Greater Among Individuals with IBS: a Population-Based Case-Control Study., Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25229421

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL & Bytzer P (2013). The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome in Denmark. A population-based survey in adults ≤50 years of age., Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 48 (5) 523-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506174

Ruaux CG & Stang BV (2014). Prevalence of Blastocystis in Shelter-Resident and Client-Owned Companion Animals in the US Pacific Northwest., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226285

Wang W, Cuttell L, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Inpankaew T, Owen H & Traub RJ (2013). Diversity of Blastocystis subtypes in dogs in different geographical settings., Parasites & vectors, 6 215. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23883734

Wawrzyniak I, Poirier P, Viscogliosi E, Dionigia M, Texier C, Delbac F & Alaoui HE (2013). Blastocystis, an unrecognized parasite: an overview of pathogenesis and diagnosis., Therapeutic advances in infectious disease, 1 (5) 167-78. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165551

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4:25 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (SEP 2014)
Before leaving for Venice and Padova to introduce Blastocystis to the XXX National Congress of The Italian Society of Protistology (ONLUS), allow me to kick in just a few words for the September issue of 'This Month in Blastocystis Research'.I will highlight two papers.The first is a study from the US (Yes, - US data! How rare is that?). The team investigated the prevalence and subtype distribution of Blastocystis among client-owned and shelter-resident cats and dogs. Studies of Blastocystis in […]

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL, Stensvold CR, Vedel Nielsen H & Bytzer P (2014). The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites is not Greater Among Individuals with IBS: a Population-Based Case-Control Study., Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25229421

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL & Bytzer P (2013). The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome in Denmark. A population-based survey in adults ≤50 years of age., Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 48 (5) 523-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506174

Ruaux CG & Stang BV (2014). Prevalence of Blastocystis in Shelter-Resident and Client-Owned Companion Animals in the US Pacific Northwest., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226285

Wang W, Cuttell L, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Inpankaew T, Owen H & Traub RJ (2013). Diversity of Blastocystis subtypes in dogs in different geographical settings., Parasites & vectors, 6 215. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23883734

Wawrzyniak I, Poirier P, Viscogliosi E, Dionigia M, Texier C, Delbac F & Alaoui HE (2013). Blastocystis, an unrecognized parasite: an overview of pathogenesis and diagnosis., Therapeutic advances in infectious disease, 1 (5) 167-78. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165551

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4:25 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (SEP 2014)
Before leaving for Venice and Padova to introduce Blastocystis to the XXX National Congress of The Italian Society of Protistology (ONLUS), allow me to kick in just a few words for the September issue of 'This Month in Blastocystis Research'.I will highlight two papers.The first is a study from the US (Yes, - US data! How rare is that?). The team investigated the prevalence and subtype distribution of Blastocystis among client-owned and shelter-resident cats and dogs. Studies of Blastocystis in […]

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL, Stensvold CR, Vedel Nielsen H & Bytzer P (2014). The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites is not Greater Among Individuals with IBS: a Population-Based Case-Control Study., Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25229421

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL & Bytzer P (2013). The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome in Denmark. A population-based survey in adults ≤50 years of age., Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 48 (5) 523-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506174

Ruaux CG & Stang BV (2014). Prevalence of Blastocystis in Shelter-Resident and Client-Owned Companion Animals in the US Pacific Northwest., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226285

Wang W, Cuttell L, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Inpankaew T, Owen H & Traub RJ (2013). Diversity of Blastocystis subtypes in dogs in different geographical settings., Parasites & vectors, 6 215. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23883734

Wawrzyniak I, Poirier P, Viscogliosi E, Dionigia M, Texier C, Delbac F & Alaoui HE (2013). Blastocystis, an unrecognized parasite: an overview of pathogenesis and diagnosis., Therapeutic advances in infectious disease, 1 (5) 167-78. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165551

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4:25 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (SEP 2014)
Before leaving for Venice and Padova to introduce Blastocystis to the XXX National Congress of The Italian Society of Protistology (ONLUS), allow me to kick in just a few words for the September issue of 'This Month in Blastocystis Research'.I will highlight two papers.The first is a study from the US (Yes, - US data! How rare is that?). The team investigated the prevalence and subtype distribution of Blastocystis among client-owned and shelter-resident cats and dogs. Studies of Blastocystis in […]

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL, Stensvold CR, Vedel Nielsen H & Bytzer P (2014). The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites is not Greater Among Individuals with IBS: a Population-Based Case-Control Study., Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25229421

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL & Bytzer P (2013). The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome in Denmark. A population-based survey in adults ≤50 years of age., Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 48 (5) 523-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506174

Ruaux CG & Stang BV (2014). Prevalence of Blastocystis in Shelter-Resident and Client-Owned Companion Animals in the US Pacific Northwest., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226285

Wang W, Cuttell L, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Inpankaew T, Owen H & Traub RJ (2013). Diversity of Blastocystis subtypes in dogs in different geographical settings., Parasites & vectors, 6 215. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23883734

Wawrzyniak I, Poirier P, Viscogliosi E, Dionigia M, Texier C, Delbac F & Alaoui HE (2013). Blastocystis, an unrecognized parasite: an overview of pathogenesis and diagnosis., Therapeutic advances in infectious disease, 1 (5) 167-78. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165551

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4:25 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (SEP 2014)
Before leaving for Venice and Padova to introduce Blastocystis to the XXX National Congress of The Italian Society of Protistology (ONLUS), allow me to kick in just a few words for the September issue of 'This Month in Blastocystis Research'.I will highlight two papers.The first is a study from the US (Yes, - US data! How rare is that?). The team investigated the prevalence and subtype distribution of Blastocystis among client-owned and shelter-resident cats and dogs. Studies of Blastocystis in […]

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL, Stensvold CR, Vedel Nielsen H & Bytzer P (2014). The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites is not Greater Among Individuals with IBS: a Population-Based Case-Control Study., Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25229421

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL & Bytzer P (2013). The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome in Denmark. A population-based survey in adults ≤50 years of age., Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 48 (5) 523-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506174

Ruaux CG & Stang BV (2014). Prevalence of Blastocystis in Shelter-Resident and Client-Owned Companion Animals in the US Pacific Northwest., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226285

Wang W, Cuttell L, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Inpankaew T, Owen H & Traub RJ (2013). Diversity of Blastocystis subtypes in dogs in different geographical settings., Parasites & vectors, 6 215. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23883734

Wawrzyniak I, Poirier P, Viscogliosi E, Dionigia M, Texier C, Delbac F & Alaoui HE (2013). Blastocystis, an unrecognized parasite: an overview of pathogenesis and diagnosis., Therapeutic advances in infectious disease, 1 (5) 167-78. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165551

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4:25 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (SEP 2014)
Before leaving for Venice and Padova to introduce Blastocystis to the XXX National Congress of The Italian Society of Protistology (ONLUS), allow me to kick in just a few words for the September issue of 'This Month in Blastocystis Research'.I will highlight two papers.The first is a study from the US (Yes, - US data! How rare is that?). The team investigated the prevalence and subtype distribution of Blastocystis among client-owned and shelter-resident cats and dogs. Studies of Blastocystis in […]

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL, Stensvold CR, Vedel Nielsen H & Bytzer P (2014). The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites is not Greater Among Individuals with IBS: a Population-Based Case-Control Study., Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25229421

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL & Bytzer P (2013). The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome in Denmark. A population-based survey in adults ≤50 years of age., Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 48 (5) 523-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506174

Ruaux CG & Stang BV (2014). Prevalence of Blastocystis in Shelter-Resident and Client-Owned Companion Animals in the US Pacific Northwest., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226285

Wang W, Cuttell L, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Inpankaew T, Owen H & Traub RJ (2013). Diversity of Blastocystis subtypes in dogs in different geographical settings., Parasites & vectors, 6 215. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23883734

Wawrzyniak I, Poirier P, Viscogliosi E, Dionigia M, Texier C, Delbac F & Alaoui HE (2013). Blastocystis, an unrecognized parasite: an overview of pathogenesis and diagnosis., Therapeutic advances in infectious disease, 1 (5) 167-78. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165551

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4:25 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (SEP 2014)
Before leaving for Venice and Padova to introduce Blastocystis to the XXX National Congress of The Italian Society of Protistology (ONLUS), allow me to kick in just a few words for the September issue of 'This Month in Blastocystis Research'.I will highlight two papers.The first is a study from the US (Yes, - US data! How rare is that?). The team investigated the prevalence and subtype distribution of Blastocystis among client-owned and shelter-resident cats and dogs. Studies of Blastocystis in […]

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL, Stensvold CR, Vedel Nielsen H & Bytzer P (2014). The Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites is not Greater Among Individuals with IBS: a Population-Based Case-Control Study., Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25229421

Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL & Bytzer P (2013). The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome in Denmark. A population-based survey in adults ≤50 years of age., Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 48 (5) 523-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506174

Ruaux CG & Stang BV (2014). Prevalence of Blastocystis in Shelter-Resident and Client-Owned Companion Animals in the US Pacific Northwest., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226285

Wang W, Cuttell L, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Inpankaew T, Owen H & Traub RJ (2013). Diversity of Blastocystis subtypes in dogs in different geographical settings., Parasites & vectors, 6 215. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23883734

Wawrzyniak I, Poirier P, Viscogliosi E, Dionigia M, Texier C, Delbac F & Alaoui HE (2013). Blastocystis, an unrecognized parasite: an overview of pathogenesis and diagnosis., Therapeutic advances in infectious disease, 1 (5) 167-78. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165551

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September 28, 2014

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1:46 PM | TWiV 304: Given X, solve for EBOV
On episode #304 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team consults an epidemiologist to forecast the future scope of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. You can find TWiV #304 at www.twiv.tv.

September 23, 2014

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8:50 PM | The rising global burden of dementia
The World Alzheimer’s Report has just been released. The report, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International and led by Prof. Martin Prince at King’s College London in the UK contains staggering, yet not well-known statistics about dementia (1,2): - Worldwide, 44 …The post The rising global burden of dementia appeared first on Public Health.
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8:50 PM | The rising global burden of dementia
The World Alzheimer’s Report has just been released. The report, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International and led by Prof. Martin Prince at King’s College London in the UK contains staggering, yet not well-known statistics about dementia (1,2): - Worldwide, 44 …The post The rising global burden of dementia appeared first on Public Health.
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11:39 AM | Reading 50 Shades of Grey with a hammer
I haven’t read them myself (obviously not being the target audience), but 50 Shades of Grey seems to be a popular book series (I have been reliably informed it is the best book series ever written, and who am I to argue…). For those of you not familiar with the series, here a short synopsis: […]
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