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Using the Latest Advances in Data Science to Fight Infectious Diseases

One of the most dramatic shifts in recent years that is empowering epidemiologists to be more effective at their jobs is occurring due to improvements in data technologies. In the past, the old "relational" data model dictated that data had to be highly structured, and as a result treated in distinct silos. This made it difficult, if not impossible, to analyze data from multiple sources to find correlations. Epidemiologists would spend many minutes or even hours on each query they ran to get results back, which is unacceptable when you need to test dozens of hypotheses to try to understand and contain a fast-moving outbreak. (Imagine how you would feel if each one of your Google searches took 45 minutes to return!) By contrast, using newer technologies, the same queries on the same hardware can run in seconds. Read More »

Violent Behavior Linked To Nutritional Deficiencies

Press Release | Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) | August 30, 2013

Deficiencies of vitamins A, D, K, B1, B3, B6, B12 and folate, and of minerals iodine, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, chromium and manganese can all contribute to mental instability and violent behavior, according to a report published in the Spring 2013 issue of Wise Traditions, the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Read More »

Viral Intelligence

Mark Sircus | DrSircus.com | October 8, 2014

The CDC thinks that American hospitals are prepared to handle Ebola. RNs beg to differ...

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Vision for a Principled Redesign of Health Information Technology

Steven E. Waldren, MD, Deborah J. Cohen, PhD, Jacob M. Reider, MD, Jewell P. Carr, MD and Ciarán A. DellaFera, MD | Annals of Family Medicine | May 15, 2017

The mission for Family Medicine for America’s Health (FMAHealth) is to help people live healthier. To support this, a goal of the FMAHealth Technology Tactic Team is to envision a future state that involves the principled redesign and implementation of health information technology (IT) that optimally supports the health and health care of the US populace. Compared to other nations, the US health care system offers higher cost, lower quality health care to its people...

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Wagner Foundation Donates $15 Million to Partners In Health for Hi Tech Healthcare Projects

Press Release | Wagner Foundation | August 1, 2018

The Wagner Foundation, a private Boston-based foundation, announced today that it is supporting international medical charity Partners In Health with a $15 million grant. The award represents the largest donation to any entity in the Wagner Foundation’s 13-year history, and will enable Partners In Health to launch a groundbreaking initiative to improve the health of impoverished people, especially women and children, in 10 countries around the world....By supporting data infrastructure and expertise, Partners In Health and the Wagner Foundation are also eager to show that long-term investments in public healthcare systems, not just disaster or emergency responses, produce the best outcomes for patients, families, and communities.

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We May Have Reached The 'Apocalyptic Scenario' With Antibiotics

Erin Brodwin | Business Insider | December 5, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden made headlines last year when he proclaimed that the United States would "soon be in a post-antibiotic era," meaning we'd be plagued by everyday infections that our drugs could no longer handle...

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Web-Based Tool Was First To Spot Ebola

Mike Miliard | Healthcare IT News | August 12, 2014

Crowd-sourced technology saw the [Ebola] outbreak taking place in real-time, before WHO announcement...

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WELL Health Announces Flu Surveillance Partnership with McMaster University and the Public Health Agency of Canada

Press Release | WELL Health Technologies Corp., McMaster University | March 10, 2020

WELL Health Technologies Corp...is pleased to announce it has partnered with McMaster University ("McMaster") and the Public Health Agency of Canada ("PHAC") to introduce the digitization of the sentinel surveillance program of FluWatch, a program administered by PHAC to monitor the spread of the flu and other flu-like illnesses in the community. The FluWatch surveillance system has been in place for over two decades; however, the new "Flu Automated Surveillance Tool" or "FAST" facilitates real-time surveillance of patients presenting flu-like symptoms and automated reporting of results to PHAC to enable better assessment and decision-making, resulting in more timely results and better health outcomes for all. FAST was developed by McMaster's Department of Family Medicine, and has been clinically proven as effective in capturing an accurate picture of the actual incidence of flu in a surveillance region.

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What Ethical Issues Does the Precision Medicine Initiative Face?

David Raths | Healthcare Informatics | July 10, 2017

"This is the largest government study ever on its own people.” Nancy Kass, Sc.D., a professor of bioethics and public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, was talking about the Precision Medicine Initiative, now called the All of Us Research Program. Kass says she makes that bold statement deliberately and with humility, because she chairs the institutional review board (IRB) for the project, which aims to create a million-person cohort...

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What Will Google Glass Do For Health?

Mike Miliard | Healthcare IT News | June 3, 2013

As early adopters test out the new technology, many are excited about its potential for improving care – but some are sounding alarms. Read More »

What Would Keep Ebola From Spreading In The US? Investing In Simple Research Years Ago.

Maryn McKenna | WIRED | October 13, 2014

There’s a thing you learn, when you’ve been writing about infectious diseases for a while: People love drama. They’re not so much with detail...

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When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

David Epstein and Propublica | The Atlantic | February 22, 2017

Fiirst, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood pressure was a bit high, but everything else looked good, and he exercised regularly. Then he had a scare. He went for a brisk post-lunch walk on a cool winter day, and his chest began to hurt. Back inside his office, he sat down, and the pain disappeared as quickly as it had come...

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Where Are STDs Rampant? Google Wants To Help Researchers Find Out

Mary Chris Jaklevic | Kaiser Health News | December 10, 2015

With sexually transmitted diseases on the rise, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago think they might have a powerful new weapon to fight their spread: Google searches. Search trends can be broken down by city and state, weighted according to their significance and combined with other data sources to give a snapshot of where disease is spreading well before public health agencies report the number of verified cases...

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WHO Credits mHealth App With Helping Nigeria Get Rid Of Ebola

Erin McCann | mHealth News | October 24, 2014

The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of the Ebola virus transmission, and public health agencies are declaring that an mHealth initiative deserves much of the credit...

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WHO’s First Global Report On Antibiotic Resistance Reveals Serious, Worldwide Threat To Public Health

Press Release | World Health Organization (WHO) | April 30, 2014

A new report by WHO–its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally–reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. [...] Read More »