Is the Disconnect between Biology and Culture making you Ill? Part Two: Stressing the system

The human immune response system, much like that of other mammals, evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to be a barrier against the nasty bugs and pathogens we live with day-to-day. Since the discovery of antibiotics (and their overuse in both human medicine and industrial farming), we have created a very clean and sterile …

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis: 150 Million Years in the Making

If you were to ask the average person to name the worst epidemic diseases in history, they would probably start that list with bubonic plague, or the Spanish flu. Some would even list Ebola. Few, however, would think to mention tuberculosis. Moreover, while it is not a common infection in the modern industrialized world today, …

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Inoculations or Masks. One Epidemiologists View.

Recently, I was asked by a Healthcare Provider in my State my opinion concerning a company policy. There has been some issues around the influenza policy of this healthcare organization, where healthcare workers can either get the seasonal vaccination or wear a mask for the season. As an  epidemiologist, what were my thoughts on such …

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Listening to all the Chatter

Ever been to a particularly noisy place like a bar, or tried to listen to a conversation on a train or bus? Or tried to carry on a conversation in a busy restaurant? Unless the background noise is deafening, we can usually filter out virtually all other noise and hear the other person although often …

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The (Not so) Spanish Flu, and How it Became the Deadliest Epidemic in Modern Time.

I had a little bird, its name was Enza. I opened the window, and in flew Enza.      ~Children’s rhyme of 1917 In early March 2018 a mess cook at an Army base in Kansas reported to the infirmary complaining of sore throat, headache, and fever. After being checked over, the doctor could find no …

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Climate Disruption and Changes in Infectious Disease Patterns: The Worst is Yet to Come.

  Most scientists will tell you that evolution does not favor the fastest, the strongest, or even the cleverest. Evolution favors the most adaptable. Humans, as a species (race is an antiquated and dishonest ideology), are highly adaptable, having populated, at least to some degree, every continent on planet earth regardless of how inhospitable. While …

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The Post Antibiotic Era? Why Antimicrobial Stewardship is Critical for the Future of Infectious Disease Prevention .

  Some clinical epidemiologists (myself included) have suggested that a general disregard exists in surveillance and monitoring when it comes to medical and health practitioner staff concerning follow-up with patients diagnosed with an infectious antigen, and moreover, the handling of disinfection of infected surfaces and garments. While there is a sense of protection due to …

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