Category Archives: Epidemiology

Should we curb our appetite for beef?

In 2012, Nobel Prize winner Harald zur Hausen noted the volume of research suggesting a causal link between beef consumption and colorectal cancer. This disease predominantly occurs in high-income countries where Western-style diets incorporate large amounts of red meat. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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World Polio Day 2014

24 October is World Polio Day, an event that aims to raise awareness of the continuing threat of polio to children in some parts of the world. A global effort to eradicate the disease has been ongoing for 26 years, … Continue reading

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Ebola in West Africa

Over the past few months, there has been an unprecedented outbreak of the lethal Ebola virus in West Africa. Jon Fuhrmann tells us about the outbreak and efforts to control the virus. Ebola virus disease (EVD) kills up to 90% … Continue reading

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New techniques detect BSE in extra-neuronal tissue of cattle

Post by Claire Brimacombe, University of Birmingham Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or “Mad Cow Disease,” as it is more publicly known is a transmissible neurodegenerative disease affecting cattle. Importantly, it is also transmissible to humans and there is currently no … Continue reading

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Better, faster typing of Salmonella strains

Post by Lena Ciric, University College London A new method for classifying Salmonella strains has been developed by scientists, giving faster turnaround times and greater reliability. Salmonella strains are notoriously difficult to identify, or type; however new research suggests that … Continue reading

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The evolution of a diarrhoeal viral genome

Post by Rebecca Gladstone, University of Southampton Two billion cases of severe diarrhoea occur globally each year, representing the second leading cause of death in children under five years old, according to the World Health Organization. Diarrhoeal disease is both … Continue reading

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Virulence mechanisms of MRSA

Post by Daniel Amund, London Metropolitan University The emergence of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains as potentially lethal pathogens is a continuing cause for public health concern worldwide. An understanding of the various virulence mechanisms used by these antibiotic-resistant bacterial … Continue reading

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