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How to Survive a Plague

Last weekend, I watched the movie How to Survive a Plague.  The movie discusses the AIDS activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power).  Although I am not a  movie critic (you can see reviews by professional critics here), I do want to discuss one key issue that the move discusses: should the FDA liberalize its […]

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Good News in the Fight Against HIV

Almost one in five South Africans have HIV.  South Africa is the country with the most individuals living with HIV (5.6 million); it also has the most HIV deaths annually (310,000). Despite these grim facts, there is some good news.  The Economist reports: “Although the number of South Africans living with the disease continues to […]

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World TB Day 2010

Today, March 24th, is World Tuberculosis Day.  According to UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, there were 9.4 million new TB cases in 2008 and 1.8 million deaths.  The CDC website has more information on what can be done to stop the spread of TB. There is lots of coverage of the TB Day activities from […]

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Swine Flu: Public Health Emergency in the U.S. and Mexico

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Swine Flu to be an international public health emergency. MÉXICO La Jornada claims that there swine flu has killed 81 people in México and infected 1324.  The entire country of México has closed schools until May 6th according to La Prensa: “El gobierno federal ordenó la sus­pensión de misas, clases–hasta el 6 […]

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Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis in Russia

Merrill Goozner writes about MDR-TB in Russia in a four-part feature article in Scientific American.

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Network Structure and the Spread of Disease

Contagious disease are spread (generally) when one person comes in contact with another. Thus, the number of links in a network (the number of connections one has) will go a long way to determining how fast diseases are spread. One question which needs to be answered is whether a hub-and-spoke network or a more diffused […]

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