Do you know how the illness called influenza, which comes from the Italian word for "influence," got it's name? Test your knowledge of the flu virus by taking the New York Times's Well Flu Quiz. Hopefully you will get a better score than I did!
Columbia University researcher Jeffrey Shaman, who studies environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission, will speak next month at the School of Public Health on "Forecasting Seasonal Outbreaks of Influenza". Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5 Time: 4-5:30 Location: 1690 SPH 1 (Lane Aud.) Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program & the Center … Continue reading Lecture – Forecasting seasonal outbreaks of influenza
The CDC has released a new app for clinicians and other health care professionals that let's them find the CDC’s current influenza recommendations and influenza activity updates. It's available for Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. The CDC Influenza App can be downloaded from the Apple App store. The app lets you: View updated information on national flu activity … Continue reading New CDC flu app!
From the New York Times: The full details of recent experiments that made a deadly flu virus more contagious will be published, despite recommendations by the United States government that some information be kept secret for safety reasons, an official of the World Health Organization said on Friday. But a 60-day moratorium declared last month … Continue reading Details of Bird Flu Research Will Be Released
From the New York Times: Canadian researchers have found compelling evidence that closing schools is an effective way to control flu epidemics. Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario and elsewhere compared patterns of flu transmission with weather and school calendars in Alberta from April to December 2009. The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, … Continue reading Closing schools to help control the flu
In case you didn't keep up with this topic over the break, here are more articles from the New York Times on the continuing controversy over the request by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity that 2 journals not publish some details of the research done in the U.S. and the Netherlands on creating a highly transmissible form of the bird … Continue reading More on censorship & the bird flu experiments
From the New York Times, 2 articles on science and censorship. Seeing Terror Risk, U.S. Asks Journals to Cut Flu Study Facts: For the first time ever, a government advisory board is asking scientific journals not to publish details of certain biomedical experiments, for fear that the information could be used by terrorists to create … Continue reading Biomedical experiments & terrorism