The threat of emerging poxviruses: replacements for smallpox?

1980 marked a milestone in infectious disease epidemiology: the World Health Organization declared the smallpox virus eradicated in the wild. However, while smallpox currently exists only in frozen stocks, poxviruses as a class certainly haven’t disappeared. A related virus, monkeypox, regularly causes illness in Africa, and even spread half a world away in the American […]

Objection to vaccination: they cause immunology

In this NY Times article on parents who are opting out of vaccinations, one mom notes her objections: “I refuse to sacrifice my children for the greater good,” said Sybil Carlson, whose 6-year-old son goes to school with several of the children hit by the measles outbreak [in San Diego]. The boy is immunized against […]

What’s Google got to do with emerging diseases?

As I mentioned Friday, the good folks from Google were part of the crowd at this year’s ICEID. This included a talk by Larry Brilliant, described on his wikipedia page as “…medical doctor, epidemiologist, technologist, author and philanthropist, and the director of Google’s philanthropic arm” His talk discussed not only stopping outbreaks in their […]

“One medicine, one health”

If one over-arching theme came out of this conference, it was the concept noted in the title: “one medicine, one health.” In one of the early lectures, a speaker polled the audience to find out how many attending were veterinarians, and how many worked in human health. The room was divided pretty evenly, which attests […]

Black Plague series

Did Yersinia pestis really cause Black Plague? Part 1: Objections to Y. pestis causation Did Yersinia pestis really cause Black Plague? Part 2: Examination of the criticisms Did Yersinia pestis really cause Black Plague? Part 3: Paleomicrobiology and the detection of Y. pestis in corpses Did Yersinia pestis really cause Black Plague? Part 4: Plague […]

Off to Atlanta

Technically, I was supposed to be in Atlanta a good 3 hours ago, but our plane’s broken down here in Moline (where I’ve been for 7 hours and counting now). For the next few days, I’ll be at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID). Just scanning the schedule, there’s a ton of interesting […]

Damn those women, out there ruining science and being lazy and depressed

Via Ed, if you puked on VoxDay’s shoes after his column earlier this week in WorldNetDaily: But this is not to say there is not a genuine threat to all three aspects of science today. Unsurprisingly, it comes from the same force that is the primary threat to the survival of Western civilization: female equalitarianism. […]

Laurie Garrett talks global health at U of Iowa

After Karl Rove’s appearance here Sunday night, Laurie Garrett’s talk on Monday was downright uneventful–despite a talk which included discussion of AIDS, abortion, and welfare, among other things. Garrett, for anyone who may be unfamiliar, is currently a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. She’s the author of The Coming […]