Tag: #epidemiology

So You Want to Work in Professional Public Health?

Excerpt: Just a few pointers on what to do as you get ready to go into work as a professional in public health.

The Perfect Disease Surveillance System

How is it that we get to know about diseases like Zika or Ebola? Is it just dumb luck that we encounter patients and then go from there? In a way, yes. These diseases, especially novel ones, have a way of just popping onto the radar without warning. Then we respond vigorously because we weren't ...

Public Health is in a bit of a pickle over the nasal flu vaccine

No more FluMist vaccine for flu this coming flu season. What are the implications? Many.

Another day, another bad anti-vaccine study

Let's say that you think food A caused disease B. To test your theory, you get cases of people who got B and controls of people who did not get B. Then you compare the odds of exposure to A. The ratio between the odds is called the odds ratio, and anything significantly different from ...

Story of a thesis (Part III)

As I told you last time, there are several social network -- that could come to be one big social network -- in Baltimore where crime is not a rarity and where deaths from homicides are common. I don't know about you, but I can count on one hand how many friends and acquaintances I've ...

Story of a thesis (Part II)

Last time, I told you all about Baltimore and how the situation there is kind of crazy with regards to gun violence in general and homicides in particular. Today, I'd like to tell you about what the publicly-available data tell us. However, I'm not talking about data in the traditional sense. The traditional data is ...

Zika, Zika, Zika! (An update)

Just a quick update on Zika: A case-control study in French Polynesia has found a strong association between Zika infection and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). That is, the proportion of cases of GBS who had previous Zika infection (confirmed by serological analyses) was significantly larger than the proportion of people without GBS who had previous Zika ...

Where to intervene?

I sat down over the weekend and worked out a conceptual/theoretical framework for my thesis, and it has really turned my head to mush.   When you see most of the things that raise the risk of a person being the victim of homicide in Baltimore, you kind of get overwhelmed. From institutional racism to ...

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More on the 2015 Baltimore homicides

There's a website dedicated to taking notes on each murder in Baltimore, and they have been doing it for quite a while now. I don't know who runs it, but their record-keeping is pretty good. Anyway, I decided to look at some of the homicide numbers for Baltimore so far... Again. Last time, I showed ...

Violence as a public health problem, an infectious disease, and a conquerable demon

I told you the other day about my thoughts on gun control and gun violence. My thoughts boil down to what I mentioned in a comment: I'm not about getting rid of guns. The solutions to problems like these is not one extreme or the other. As someone said during an interview about the Oregon ...