Archives for March, 2006

Tangled Bank #50

Check it out over at Island of Doubt.

Q&A on avian influenza

Just FYI, yesterday’s New York Times has a piece by Denise Grady and Gina Kolata on avian influenza: How Serious Is the Risk?

Calicivirus, schmalicivirus

I mentioned previously that a new virus had been found that’s associated with prostate cancer. Several ongoing studies are finding tons of new species of microbes, and we’re learning more about the diversity that is around us every day. And though most of these newly-discovered organisms won’t harm us, some just might. A new study…

New Grand Rounds

A giant new Grand Rounds is up over at NHS blog doctor. I believe a new Tangled Bank is in the works as well.

I’d like to continue the overview of emerging infectious diseases (part one is here) by discussing some reasons why diseases “emerge.” Obviously, this will be somewhat of a simplification; many diseases may emerge due to a combination of the topics mentioned below, or may have factors involved that I don’t mention, so these should be…

Sometimes amid all the news about H5N1, the “old and boring” diseases get overlooked, such as chickenpox and mumps. State health officials said they are concerned about a rare strain of virus behind an outbreak of 60 mumps cases in Iowa. Mary Gilchrist, director of the state’s University Hygienic Laboratory, said the genotype G strain…

Part One: Introduction to Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses Part Two: Introduction to Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses continued Part Three: Bushmeat Part Four: War and Disease Part Five: Chikungunya Part Six: Avian influenza Part Seven: Reporting on emerging diseases Part Eight: Disease and Domesticated Animals Part Nine: The Emergence of Nipah Virus Part Ten: Monkeypox Part…

So, I’m back from Atlanta. While there, I attended two back-to-back conferences. First, ICEID: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases; second, ISEZ: International Symposium on Emerging Zoonoses. I thought I’d do a multi-part series this week discussing some of the highlights. To make sure everyone is on the same page, first I’ll discuss just what…

Phew! Good to know we have a strong terrorist deterrent here. Seen just outside of Iowa City:

Over at Good math, bad math, Mark has a bit more on mathematical modeling. Before anyone screams “witch hunt,” please note: I’ll leave the science debate over at Aetiology, where it belongs. But there’s definitely a mathematical aspect to this. Professor Culshaw lends her authority as a mathematician to the HIV denialist folks. Does her…