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  • 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
    2 weeks ago 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
  • Scientists Developing Early Warning System for Epidemics
    Preventing epidemics relies on activating the right countermeasures, and scientists are now trying to find out how better use of forecasting can help. The EU’s EO2HEAVEN project developed a risk map for correlating environmental and health data in order to identify where a ...More
    February 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • E-Health Services Not Prepared for Epidemics
    National and international organizations are ill-prepared to exploit e-health systems in the event of the emergence of a major pandemic disease, according to a research paper to be published in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology. E-health ...More
    August 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • APIC Addresses What IPs Need to Know About Outbreaks, Epidemics and Pandemics
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) provide the following primer to help infection preventionists differentiate between outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics: What is an outbreak?An outbreak is a sudden rise in the number of cases of ...More
    February 22, 2013 Posted in News, Policies and Practice
  • New Pathogen Epidemic Identified in Sub-Saharan Africa
    A new study reveals that the emergence and spread of a rapidly evolving invasive intestinal disease, that has a significant mortality rate (up to 45 percent) in infected people in sub-Saharan Africa, seems to have been potentiated by the HIV epidemic in Africa. The team ...More
    October 1, 2012 Posted in News
  • New Model of Disease Contagion Ranks U.S. Airports in Terms of Their Spreading Influence
    Public health crises of the past decade — such as the 2003 SARS outbreak, which spread to 37 countries and caused about 1,000 deaths, and the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic that killed about 300,000 people worldwide — have heightened awareness that new viruses or bacteria could ...More
    July 23, 2012 Posted in News
  • NIH Scientists Link Quickly Spreading Gene to Asian MRSA Epidemic
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and their colleagues in China have described a rapidly emerging Staphylococcus aureus gene, called sasX, which plays a pivotal role in establishing methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) epidemics in most of Asia. Senior author ...More
    April 22, 2012 Posted in News
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