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Epidemiology

What I Am Really Afraid of... And It's Not Ebola

Brian Castrucci | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

Whenever there is an outbreak, there is political and public outcry that dies out as soon as it is controlled. We have the great privilege of living largely free of fear from infectious disease, but it comes at a cost -- investment in and ongoing support for the public health system.

Troubled #hearts -- in 140 Characters

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that aggregate Twitter patterns might also be revealing in some useful way? Could Twitter offer snapshots of communities as well as individuals? A team of scientists has been exploring this possibility.

Rethinking the 21-Day Quarantine for Ebola Contacts

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

With so little known about the Ebola virus, as a public health decision, it may be prudent to extend the quarantine or observation period.

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.

The Keys to Good Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Rather, leaving aside the swirl of aspersions that likely has Dr. Keys turning in his grave if such things are possible, I simply want to note that his work is...moot. It doesn't matter whether Keys was all right, all wrong, or inevitably -- somewhere in between.

Aborted Thinking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We all like autonomy, and all concede it has to end somewhere. As I once heard an ethicist quip, my autonomy to swing a stick certainly ends where your nose begins.

Bullets, Ballots and Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If there is anyone who would still advocate for unimpeded access to guns for all on the basis of ideology despite such an extreme (and admittedly absurd) epidemiology, there are names for it. The kinder designation is fanaticism.

Women, Men and Alzheimer's

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

"Why does Alzheimer's disease strike women more often than it does men?" Well, actually, it doesn't. When you hear that an illness affects one group m...

Childhood Obesity: Have We Turned the Tide?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The headline in the New York Times, was: "Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43 Percent in a Decade." This, and similarly effusive headlines reverberating throughout the news media, would seem to invite the question: have we, in fact, turned the tide? Is the mission accomplished?

Do We Need to Kill Our Heroes?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I am, of course, still a child of love and privilege. But I have at least this claim against naiveté: I have looked into the eyes of someone ready, willing, and eager to kill me. I have at least this notion of what's out there.

ICK! Guess Where Scientist Found New Kind Of Tick

| Lizzie Wade | Posted 10.08.2013 | Science

Tony Goldberg had been back from Uganda for only about a day when he felt a distressingly familiar itch in his nose. A veterinary epidemiologist at th...

Gabriela Aoun

Killer Diet Supplement? Liver Damage Cases In Hawaii Rise To 30

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 10.03.2013 | Healthy Living

The number of recent liver damage cases linked to dietary supplements has risen from 10 to 30 in the last week. All 30 cases have been reported in Haw...

Poison Or Medicine?

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2013 | Healthy Living
John Berardi, Ph.D.

When it comes to heart disease risk, caffeinated coffee can actually be a "poison" for one person. And a "medicine" for another. It all depends on one little gene.

Dietary Supplements Linked To 10 'Severe' Liver Failure Cases In Hawaii

Posted 09.27.2013 | Healthy Living

Ten young, seemingly-healthy people have been admitted into Hawaii hospitals in the last five months for varying degrees of liver inflammation and fai...

Social(organ)ism

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Socialism is a dirty word, perhaps deservedly so. But the real trouble resides with our persistent use, and misuse, of a word we made dirty. Vocabulary so encumbered is like bathwater we refuse to drain; it takes on an opacity that quite obscures the baby

The New 'Black Death': Why Are Black People Dying at Record Rates in Chicago?

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

They say that no man knows the number of his days and that death comes like a thief in the night. However, for the black men and women in Chicago, death can seem less like a faraway event and more like a day-to-day certainty.

Why Most Diet Research Sucks

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

What happens is that these observational studies become the basis of health policy. They don't generate hypothesis that can be tested and either proven or disproven, they generate the assumption of cause and effect, which is reinforced by the media, and becomes the basis of public health policy.

Can Eating Enoki Mushrooms Lower Your Cancer Risk?

Paul Stamets | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

While there are no clusters of enoki growers and enoki eaters to study in the U.S. like there are in Nagano, this Japanese study could inspire epidemiologists to study the effect of higher mushroom consumption.

'Dramatic' Circumcision Study May Explain Procedure's Big Health Benefit

Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/16/2013 08:07 AM EDT on LiveScience Circumcision changes the bacteria ecosystem of t...

Cracking Open a Cancer Cluster

OnEarth | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Elizabeth Royte, OnEarth Toms River, New Jersey, wasn't polluted in a day. Ciby-Geigy and Union Carbide dumped their wastes in this small coastal ...

What Needs to Be Done About the Rising Rate of Advanced Breast Cancer in Young Women

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

For young women with breast cancer, the stakes of treatment are greater -- in terms of potential for life-years saved, and in terms of the risks of therapy

All the Wrong Questions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If "the people" does not, and cannot, mean all people, and if the Founders did not further specify which people -- then that is a question we are obligated to ask and answer. Which people? And, similarly, what arms?

Swine Flu Study Links Ethnicity, Vulnerability To Virus

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | Science

LONDON (Reuters) - British and Chinese scientists have found a genetic variant which explains why Chinese populations may be more vulnerable to the H1...

Shore as Shooting

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

This really has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, and certainly doesn't infringe on it. The Second Amendment doesn't say anything about what kind of "arms" we can bear. We are left, as a modern society with weapons unimagined in the days of our Founding Fathers, to figure that out for ourselves.

Stalking the Wild Pathogen: Viral Threats to Modern Humanity

Steve Heilig | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Writers and filmmakers have long liked apocalyptic stories. But out in the real world, it might well be that the most likely cause of our specie's demise will be a microscopic bug we cannot defeat, and that we vanish, or vastly diminish, not with a bang but a whimper.