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Big Data: Benefits, Drawbacks In Addressing Ebola

Norman Rozenberg | Tech Page One | August 20, 2014

An Ebola outbreak showed the importance of public health awareness and meaningful interventions, but big data’s role in this has yet to be seen...

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Blue Ribbon Study Panel On Biodefense Receives $2.5 Million Grant To Reduce Risk of Catastrophic Bioweapon Disease Outbreaks

Press Release | Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense | February 15, 2018

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense announced today a $2.5 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project. The grant allows the Panel to continue its leadership role in assessing our nation’s biodefense, issuing recommendations and advocating for their implementation, and identifying viable avenues for needed change to policy. The grant comes amidst heightened global tensions as North Korea and other regimes seek to develop biological weapons. It also arrives on the 100th anniversary of a catastrophic influenza pandemic that took the lives of millions around the world, a stark reminder of the dangers of biological events.

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Bridges and Roads as Important to Public Health as Medicines - Lessons from Major Disasters

Two seemingly unrelated national policy debates are afoot, and we can’t adequately address one unless we address the other. Health care reform has been the hottest topic. What to do about America’s aging infrastructure has been less animated but may be more pressing. Yet even as cracks in America’s health system and infrastructure expand, political divides between parties and within parties have stalled efforts to develop policies and implement solutions. Problematically, debates over health care reform and infrastructure projects remain separate...

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Butter Is Bad – A Myth We've Been Fed By The 'Healthy Eating' Industry

Joanna Blythman | The Guardian | October 23, 2013

Medics are saying saturated fat may not be the devil incarnate. Just don't expect an apology from low-fat food purveyors Read More »

Camels And Contagion: Inside Global Hunt For Source Of MERS

Cynthia Gorney | National Geographic | May 13, 2014

With another case of the virus confirmed in the U.S., virus detectives are tracing its spread.

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Canada Kicks Up A Fracking Fuss As Govt Body Slams Poor Research

Staff Writer | RT News | May 1, 2014

A new report by Environment Canada, a governmental body, admits there is too little scientific information on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the environment and human health.  The report by 14 international experts was compiled at the request of Environment Canada to consider the pollution impacts of the exploration and extraction of Canada’s shale gas resources.

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Cancer Deaths Double In Argentina's GMO Agribusiness Areas

Lawrence Woodward | The Ecologist | August 24, 2014

Sharply increased levels of crop spraying in Argentina's most intensively farmed areas have resulted in a public health disaster, writes Lawrence Woodward, with large increases in cancer incidence. And it's all the result of the widespread use of GMO crops engineered for herbicide resistance...

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CAV Systems Announces Relational Database Replicator for FileMan MUMPS Databases

Press Release | CAV Systems | November 6, 2014

CAV Systems Ltd, a leading Israeli software company, recently completed development of FileMan Replicator, a software solution that creates and continuously updates a relational database replica of MUMPS databases, either Caché or GT.M,  that are managed by the FileMan Database Management System. Read More »

CDC Calls Out Antibiotic Prescribing Problems

Lisa Schnirring | Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) | March 4, 2014

In a major report today that looked at antibiotic usage, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said some clinicians in similar hospital units prescribe triple the amounts, with some making the types of errors that fuel drug-resistance problems that put many more patients at risk. Read More »

CDC Official Protests Federal Medical Response Cuts

Diane Barnes | Nextgov.com | April 29, 2014

More than half a decade of reductions to spending on state and local public-health agencies has already been "extremely damaging" to capabilities across the country for responding to unconventional attacks and other disasters, Dr. Ali Khan, director of the Public Health Preparedness and Response Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Global Security Newswire in an interview. 

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CDC Threat Report: Yes, Agricultural Antibiotics Play A Role In Drug Resistance

Maryn McKenna | Wired | September 17, 2013

The grave assessment on the advance of drug resistance, released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contained some important observations about the relationship between antibiotic use in agriculture and resistant infections in humans. [...] Read More »

CDC Threat Report: ‘We Will Soon Be In A Post-Antibiotic Era’

Maryn McKenna | Wired | September 16, 2013

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just published a first-of-its-kind assessment of the threat the country faces from antibiotic-resistant organisms, ranking them by the number of illnesses and deaths they cause each year and outlining urgent steps that need to be taken to roll back the trend. Read More »

CDC Unable To Conduct Lab, Detection Work On Salmonella Outbreak

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | October 9, 2013

For all those Americans crossing fingers that no communicable disease, influenza or foodborne illness outbreaks would happen during the government shutdown, exactly that has occurred. Read More »

CDC's Virtual Events Program Created By The Public Sector, For The Public Sector

Brittany Ballenstedt | Nextgov | February 7, 2014

Declines in budgets across the public health community were just one reason the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began looking at innovative approaches for employees and partners to collaborate online. Read More »

CDC: Foodborne Illness In The U.S. Not Getting Better

Maryn McKenna | Wired | April 17, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released their annual survey of foodborne illnesses in the United States, and the news is, well, not great. In the words of the press announcement they sent out to announce the data release: “limited progress.” Read More »