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October 30, 2014

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12:00 PM | Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear
The Editorial: The complexity of health requires an expansion of the areas covered by public health agencies Ed note: This post comes to us from our PLOS Blogs friend Dr Travis Saunders. Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics … Continue reading »The post Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear appeared first on Public Health.
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9:30 AM | Behind the picture: Major Greenwood and the measure of medicine
The introduction of measurement into medicine established the foundations of the modern discipline of biostatistics, crucial to all aspects of medicine, epidemiology and public health. But how did statistics become […]

October 29, 2014

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5:10 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (OCT 2014) - Trick or Treat Edition
Over the past 30 days I've hardly had any time to focus on Blastocystis. I've been busy preparing for and attending UEGWeek 2014, preparing abstracts for next year's ECCMID conference in Copenhagen, and I've also put a lot of effort into preparing proposals for this round of grant calls from the Danish Council for Independent Research.  Among other things, we are applying for money to develop DNA-probe based diagnostics, including a unique software, for use in the clinical microbiology lab […]

Fletcher S, Caprarelli G, Merif J, Andresen D, Hal SV, Stark D & Ellis J (2014). Epidemiology and geographical distribution of enteric protozoan infections in sydney, australia., Journal of public health research, 3 (2) 298. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25343139

Nagel R, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H & Traub R (2014). Clinical pilot study: efficacy of triple antibiotic therapy in Blastocystis positive irritable bowel syndrome patients., Gut pathogens, 6 34. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349629

Nowack EC & Melkonian M (2010). Endosymbiotic associations within protists., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365 (1541) 699-712. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20124339

Prodeus TV, Zelia OP, Khlebnikova TA & Pikul' DA (2014). [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]., Meditsinskaia parazitologiia i parazitarnye bolezni, (2) 6-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296418

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5:10 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (OCT 2014) - Trick or Treat Edition
Over the past 30 days I've hardly had any time to focus on Blastocystis. I've been busy preparing for and attending UEGWeek 2014, preparing abstracts for next year's ECCMID conference in Copenhagen, and I've also put a lot of effort into preparing proposals for this round of grant calls from the Danish Council for Independent Research.  Among other things, we are applying for money to develop DNA-probe based diagnostics, including a unique software, for use in the clinical microbiology lab […]

Fletcher S, Caprarelli G, Merif J, Andresen D, Hal SV, Stark D & Ellis J (2014). Epidemiology and geographical distribution of enteric protozoan infections in sydney, australia., Journal of public health research, 3 (2) 298. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25343139

Nagel R, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H & Traub R (2014). Clinical pilot study: efficacy of triple antibiotic therapy in Blastocystis positive irritable bowel syndrome patients., Gut pathogens, 6 34. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349629

Nowack EC & Melkonian M (2010). Endosymbiotic associations within protists., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365 (1541) 699-712. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20124339

Prodeus TV, Zelia OP, Khlebnikova TA & Pikul' DA (2014). [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]., Meditsinskaia parazitologiia i parazitarnye bolezni, (2) 6-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296418

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5:10 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (OCT 2014) - Trick or Treat Edition
Over the past 30 days I've hardly had any time to focus on Blastocystis. I've been busy preparing for and attending UEGWeek 2014, preparing abstracts for next year's ECCMID conference in Copenhagen, and I've also put a lot of effort into preparing proposals for this round of grant calls from the Danish Council for Independent Research.  Among other things, we are applying for money to develop DNA-probe based diagnostics, including a unique software, for use in the clinical microbiology lab […]

Fletcher S, Caprarelli G, Merif J, Andresen D, Hal SV, Stark D & Ellis J (2014). Epidemiology and geographical distribution of enteric protozoan infections in sydney, australia., Journal of public health research, 3 (2) 298. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25343139

Nagel R, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H & Traub R (2014). Clinical pilot study: efficacy of triple antibiotic therapy in Blastocystis positive irritable bowel syndrome patients., Gut pathogens, 6 34. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349629

Nowack EC & Melkonian M (2010). Endosymbiotic associations within protists., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365 (1541) 699-712. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20124339

Prodeus TV, Zelia OP, Khlebnikova TA & Pikul' DA (2014). [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]., Meditsinskaia parazitologiia i parazitarnye bolezni, (2) 6-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296418

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5:10 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (OCT 2014) - Trick or Treat Edition
Over the past 30 days I've hardly had any time to focus on Blastocystis. I've been busy preparing for and attending UEGWeek 2014, preparing abstracts for next year's ECCMID conference in Copenhagen, and I've also put a lot of effort into preparing proposals for this round of grant calls from the Danish Council for Independent Research.  Among other things, we are applying for money to develop DNA-probe based diagnostics, including a unique software, for use in the clinical microbiology lab […]

Fletcher S, Caprarelli G, Merif J, Andresen D, Hal SV, Stark D & Ellis J (2014). Epidemiology and geographical distribution of enteric protozoan infections in sydney, australia., Journal of public health research, 3 (2) 298. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25343139

Nagel R, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H & Traub R (2014). Clinical pilot study: efficacy of triple antibiotic therapy in Blastocystis positive irritable bowel syndrome patients., Gut pathogens, 6 34. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349629

Nowack EC & Melkonian M (2010). Endosymbiotic associations within protists., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365 (1541) 699-712. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20124339

Prodeus TV, Zelia OP, Khlebnikova TA & Pikul' DA (2014). [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]., Meditsinskaia parazitologiia i parazitarnye bolezni, (2) 6-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296418

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October 28, 2014

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3:50 PM | Night Owls Show Increased Alcohol Use Risk
Humans commonly display a circadian rhythm preference for getting up early in the morning or staying up late at night (night owls).This sleep timing, or diurnal preference appears to have genetic contributions.Additionally, diurnal preference may contribute to risk for alcohol consumption as more alcohol is consumed later in the day and during the night time.Nathaniel Watson and colleagues at the University of Washington and the University of Texas recently explored the relationship between […]

October 27, 2014

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9:58 PM | The zombie anti-vaccine lie–Peter Doshi and the appeal to authority
A few  months ago, I wrote an article about Peter Doshi, a Ph.D. who is doing some postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins University, one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the USA. Doshi is truly not very notable in science, except last year, he wrote an article about flu vaccines, basically employing the Nirvana Fallacy […]Continue reading «The zombie anti-vaccine lie–Peter Doshi and the appeal to authority»

October 26, 2014

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3:54 AM | The MIDAS touch: NIGMS Propels Infectious Disease Research To Golden Age via Computational Modeling
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1962 via an Act of Congress for the "conduct and support of research and research training in the general or basic medical sciences and related natural or behavioral sciences", especially in areas which are interdisciplinary for other institutes under the Act, or alternatively, which fall under no institute’s purview. In these 52 years, the NIGMS has […]
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3:54 AM | The MIDAS touch: NIGMS Propels Infectious Disease Research To Golden Age via Computational Modeling
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1962 via an Act of Congress for the "conduct and support of research and research training in the general or basic medical sciences and related natural or behavioral sciences", especially in areas which are interdisciplinary for other institutes under the Act, or alternatively, which fall under no institute’s purview. In these 52 years, the NIGMS has […]
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3:54 AM | The MIDAS touch: NIGMS Propels Infectious Disease Research To Golden Age via Computational Modeling
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1962 via an Act of Congress for the "conduct and support of research and research training in the general or basic medical sciences and related natural or behavioral sciences", especially in areas which are interdisciplinary for other institutes under the Act, or alternatively, which fall under no institute’s purview. In these 52 years, the NIGMS has […]

October 24, 2014

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7:00 PM | No, Ebola Won't Decide The Outcome Of The Elections
Ebola is at the top of the headlines. The elections are eleven days away. Therefore, the Law of Punditry dictates that political commentators must link these two stories together, forecasting that fears of the deadly virus will determine who controls Congress. Here's why they're completely wrong.Read more...

October 23, 2014

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9:42 PM | The Ebola Outbreak: Hopeful News from the Front Lines
The coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by U.S. media has often seemed unremittingly grim. So it was with some trepidation that I boarded a plane for Sierra Leone. I was part of a field... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 22, 2014

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6:00 PM | How The Hot Zone Created the Worst Myths About Ebola
As an infectious disease epidemiologist and a science communicator in the midst of the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, The Hot Zone is one of the banes of my existence. Read more...

October 21, 2014

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9:00 AM | And it's even worse for Big Data.....
Last week we pointed out that the history of technology enabled larger and more extensive and exhaustive enumeration of genomic variation, to apply to understanding the cause of human traits, important diseases or even normal variation like the recent stature paper.We basically noted that even the earlier, cruder methods such as 'linkage' and 'candidate gene' analysis did not differ logically in their approach as much as advocates of mega-studies often allege, but more importantly, all the […]
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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 […]
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