#OutbreakWeek — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of December 23, 2013)

Heading home for the holidays? Going to parties? Meeting up with old friends? All of these are potential ways in which infectious diseases are transmitted across the country, and across the globe. In preparation for this, there was a major public health outreach effort on Twitter last week called Outbreak Week, with the obvious hashtag. … Continue reading #OutbreakWeek — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of December 23, 2013)

Project Tycho – Data for health

Project Tycho, from the University of Pittsburgh (with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & the National Institutes of Health), is a database created to advance the availability & use of public health data for science & policy. The project has completed the digitization of the entire history of weekly Nationally Notifiable Disease … Continue reading Project Tycho – Data for health

Vaccinating babies for rotavirus protects the whole family

From NPR's Shots blog: A 7-year-old vaccine that has drastically cut intestinal infections in infants is benefiting the rest of America, too. A study published Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that vaccinating infants against rotavirus has also caused a striking decline in serious infections among older children and adults who … Continue reading Vaccinating babies for rotavirus protects the whole family

Public health’s wicked problems: Can InfoVis save lives?

From the CDC's Office of Infectious Diseases:  Call for submissions     Public health is charged with assessing current and emerging health threats and issues, developing effective population-based policies and interventions to address these problems, and monitoring delivery and outcomes of public health actions (IOM, 2010 & 2008). Many public health problems, such as the … Continue reading Public health’s wicked problems: Can InfoVis save lives?

Disease detection: Laboratories on the front lines

From the CDC's blog, Public Health Matters: You can’t respond to threats if you don’t know what they are, which is one reason that laboratories play such an important role in public health. Public health laboratories have helped detect all kinds of threats to the public’s health; including anthrax, monkey pox, novel flu viruses, and … Continue reading Disease detection: Laboratories on the front lines

New from NAP – The Continuing Epidemiological Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa

From the National Academies Press: Among the poorest and least developed regions in the world, sub-Saharan Africa has long faced a heavy burden of disease, with malaria, tuberculosis, and, more recently, HIV being among the most prominent contributors to that burden. Yet in most parts of Africa-and especially in those areas with the greatest health … Continue reading New from NAP – The Continuing Epidemiological Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chickenpox down 80 percent since 2000

From the New York Times: Signaling the retreat of a childhood rite of passage, the incidence of chickenpox in the United States fell by 80 percent from 2000 to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week. The decline results from widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine, researchers said. From 2000 to … Continue reading Chickenpox down 80 percent since 2000