More on the German e coli outbreak

In the New York Times today, a story describes the characteristics of the e coli strain that made it so deadly. "One trait was a toxin, called Shiga, that causes severe illness, including bloody diarrhea and, in some patients, kidney failure. The other is the ability of this strain to gather on the surface of an intestinal … Continue reading More on the German e coli outbreak

Social media as epidemiology tool

In today's New York Times is a story about how are being used to to track disease outbreaks. "Now technology is democratizing the disease-hunting process, upsetting the old equilibrium by connecting people through channels effectively outside government control. While the online chatter can be unproductive or even dangerous — spreading fear along with misinformation about causes … Continue reading Social media as epidemiology tool

Self-identification of race & personalized medicine–does it work?

The Shots blog at NPR reports a study from PLoS One, which suggests that using race as a stand-in for personalized genetic information may not work, especially in certain areas.  Because there's so much genetic variation among races, the labels that people use for themselves don't provide the right information for doctors who want to look for … Continue reading Self-identification of race & personalized medicine–does it work?

Cancer and HIV/AIDS patients–a new study

From the Wall Street Journal's Health blog comes a story on the new report from the National Cancer Institute on the changing face of cancer in those with HIV/AIDS.  As patients live longer, they now have a greater chance of developing age-related cancers, some of which occur at a much higher rate than in the overall population.