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Epidemics


  • Zeroing in on 'Super Spreaders' and Other Hidden Patterns of Epidemics
    Ebola. Chikungunya. Zika. Once rare and exotic pathogens keep popping up and turning into household names. It's the new reality as the climate warms, humans expand more into wildlife habitats and air travel shrinks the distances across the globe. "Africa and other parts of ...More
    February 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • Mass Media Coverage Helps Slow Down Disease Spread in an Epidemic
    Mass media coverage about an epidemic can help slow the spread of the disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. The authors of the study, from Shaanxi Normal University in China and York University in Canada, say to maximize this ...More
    January 26, 2016 Posted in News
  • New SIR-Network Model Helps Predict Dengue Fever Epidemic in Urban Areas
    Mathematics is often implemented in healthcare and medical research. From health management to the bio-pharmaceutical fields, math modeling can be used to predict the spread of diseases, how to prevent epidemics and so much more. An article 'SIR-Network Model And its ...More
    December 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues List of Top Emerging Diseases Likely to Cause Major Epidemics
    A panel of scientists and public health experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) met in Geneva last week to prioritize the top five to 10 emerging pathogens likely to cause severe outbreaks in the near future, and for which few or no medical countermeasures ...More
    December 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Global Experts Call for Critical Reforms to Prevent Future Pandemics
    An independent group of 19 experts from around the globe, convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has issued a hard-hitting analysis of the global response to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, ...More
    November 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Global Campaign Calls for Public, Private Sector Collaboration to Prevent Epidemics
    Despite significant advances in understanding how infectious diseases spread – and recent scares such as the outbreaks of SARS, H1N1 (swine flu) and Ebola – the world is still unprepared for the next major epidemic. But a new global campaign launched today is ...More
    November 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • When Paired with Coinfection, Social Isolation Might Fuel Rather Than Foil Epidemics
    Conventional wisdom holds that the more people stay within their own social groups and avoid others, the less likely a small disease outbreak will turn into a full-blown epidemic. But this conventional wisdom might be quite wrong, according to two Santa Fe Institute ...More
    September 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop New Model to Study Epidemics
    For decades, scientists have been perfecting models of how contagions spread, but newly published research takes the first steps into building a model that includes the loop linking individual human behavior and the behavior of the epidemic itself. The first results of the ...More
    November 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • How Important is Long-Distance Travel in the Spread of Epidemics?
    The current Ebola outbreak shows how quickly diseases can spread with global jet travel. Yet knowing how to predict the spread of these epidemics is still uncertain, because the complicated models used are not fully understood, says a UC Berkeley biophysicist. ...More
    November 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • An Evolutionary Approach to Epidemics
    An evolutionary analysis of public health data during a major disease outbreak, such as bird flu, E. coli contamination of food or the current Ebola outbreak could help the emergency services plan their response and contain the disease more effectively. Details are reported ...More
    September 9, 2014 Posted in News
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