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  • New Method Better Predicts the Onset of Seasonal Flu Epidemics
    During the flu season, it is frequent for hospital emergency rooms and healthcare centers to become overcrowded, placing a high burden both on health services and on patients. A study from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC; Portugal), led by Joana Goncalves-Sa, presents ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Online Epidemic-Tracking Tool Embraces Open Data and Collective Intelligence
    Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Imperial College London have developed Microreact, a free, real-time epidemic visualization and tracking platform that has been used to monitor outbreaks of Ebola, Zika and antibiotic-resistant microbes. The team have ...More
    November 30, 2016 Posted in News
  • Replacing Ill Workers With Healthy Ones Accelerates Some Epidemics
    When disease outbreaks occur, people with essential roles -- healthcare workers, first responders, and teachers, for example -- are typically up close and personal with infected people. As these front-line workers become infected, healthy individuals take their places. ...More
    August 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • Chasing Fire: Fever and Human Mobility in an Epidemic
    Disease ecologists working in the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru, have quantified for the first time how a fever affects human mobility during the outbreak of a mosquito-borne pathogen. The findings were published by Proceedings of the Royal Society B. ...More
    July 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • An R&D Blueprint for Action to Prevent Epidemics
    The R&D Blueprint is a global strategy and preparedness plan that allows the rapid activation of R&D activities during epidemics. Its aim is to fast-track the availability of effective tests, vaccines and medicines that can be used to save lives and avert large ...More
    June 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • 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
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