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Five things worth knowing about ebola
Five things worth knowing about ebola

There’s something rather human about being scared of the ebola virus.  It’s a “bogeyman” virus – the stuff of nightmares; hovering in the shadows of our imagination like a half-glimpsed specter.  Like most imagined horrors though, the reality of ebola ...

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Awash in pink, but breast cancer awareness isn’t a cure

This month, we are inundated with pink. By wearing pink ribbons, purchasing pink products, and participating in walks and other collective activities, citizens try to raise awareness of the scourge of breast cancer, with the eventual goal of curing the ...

Could playing sports on artificial turf be bad for your health?
Could playing sports on artificial turf be bad for your health?

Most artificial turf these days incorporates rubber granules formed from recycled tires. They make an effective and environmentally friendly playing surface. But can the substances they contain also be bad for the health of players? A major report from NBC News ...

When do we quarantine or isolate for ebola
When Do We Quarantine or Isolate for Ebola?

University of Michigan School of Public Health experts discuss the meaning of quarantine and isolation, and explain when such actions are appropriate to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola.   More information on ebola and public health: University ...


why don't we have an ebola vaccine?
Why don’t we have an ebola vaccine?

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers explain why there is no vaccine for Ebola and whether one is likely in the future.   More information on ebola and public health: University of Michigan School of Public Health Ebola ...

Engaged scientists on twitter
(Some of the) most engaged research scientists on Twitter

Science Magazine has just released an update of it’s list of Twitter’s most popular researchers – now expanded to “100 of the most followed scientists on the social media platform”.  Having played around with the data, here’s an alternative listing, ...

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Nano silver and ebola: Show us the data, or remove claims (FDA)

On September 23, the Food and Drug Administration sent Rima Laibow and Ralph Fucetola at the Natural Solutions Foundation a warning letter claiming that their allegedly nano (colloidal) silver based “Dr. Rima Recommends™ The Silver Solution” product violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic ...

Could ebola become more dangerous - insights from the Universioty of Michigan School of Public Health
Could ebola become more dangerous?

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers explain how the Ebola virus mutates, and what those mutations could mean for people who become infected by the virus.   More information on ebola and public health: University of Michigan School ...


Why is the current ebola outbreak so severe? Insights from the University of Michigan School of Public Health
Why is the current ebola outbreak so severe?

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers discuss why the current ebola outbreak is the most severe on record.   More information on ebola and public health: University of Michigan School of Public Health Ebola topics page.  

How contagious is ebola? Insights from the university of Michigan School of Public Health
How contagious is ebola?

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers describe the ways the Ebola virus is transmitted to humans.   More information on ebola and public health: University of Michigan School of Public Health Ebola topics page.  

How deadly is ebola? Insights from the Umiversity of Michigan School of Public Health
How deadly is ebola?

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers discuss the risks presented by the ebola virus. While the number of people who die from Ebola has been high in some parts of the world, there are good techniques to contain the ...

Three tales of technological derring do for #makehealth
Color My Poop Beautiful – now on video

Back in August, I gave a talk on colored poop and other “tales of technological derring do” at the Ann Arbor We Make Health Fest.  Videos and photos from the day are now available over on the Health By Design ...


Transmission Electron Micrograph of the Ebola Virus
Containing Ebola in the US – Letting Public Health Do What Public ...

Ebola case confirmed in Dallas You may have, or not, just heard a news report that came out about 5 PM today. Reports flashed across CNN and BBC and other sites:  “The First Case of Ebola is Diagnosed in US!” And if ...

Interactively visualizing major health risks
Interactively visualizing major health risks

Visualizing risk, NHS style It maybe because I hang out too much in the US these days, but I’ve only just come across this rather excellent  Atlas of Risk from the UK National Health Service: Visualizing causes of death The ...

So you want to write better science blog posts ...
So you want to write better science blog posts …

Anyone can blog about science.  But it takes effort and diligence to blog well. When I was teaching the Mind The Science Gap blogging course at the University of Michigan, it became clear early on that, no matter how enthusiastic or knowledgeable you are, ...

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Designing global deliberation for geoengineering governance

In recent years, prominent physical scientists, engineers, and a handful of policymakers have begun asking governments, primarily in the United States and Europe, to fund research into geoengineering. Geoengineering involves large-scale technologies that are designed to mitigate climate change by ...


Less than 60% of university news releases link to the papers they cover
Less than 60% of university news releases link to the papers they cover

In an analysis of recent news releases from the top ten US universities, only 59% of them provided links to the peer review paper they were written about.  Over 30% did not cite the paper.  And less than 10% of ...

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MMR Vaccines and Autism: Bringing clarity to the CDC Whistleblower Story

Anyone following the Twitter #vaccinesNOVA hashtag on the evening of Wednesday September 10 would have seen their stream seemingly overwhelmed by the #CDCWhistleblower hashtag. Wednesday was when NOVA’s documentary Vaccines – Calling The Shots aired, and the #vaccinesNOVA hashtag was intended to ...

Population screening for BRCA: Is it the way forward for genetic medicine?
Population screening for BRCA: Is it the way forward for genetic medicine?

The past few days have seen a sharp increase in the number of scientists advocating population screening for mutations in the BRCA genes, which are linked to inherited susceptibility for breast and ovarian cancer. Eminent geneticist Mary Claire King, who ...

Creating Poster Presentations that Tell Stories
Creating Poster Presentations that Tell Stories

This Friday my class of second year Environmental Health Science Master of Public Health students are going to get my admittedly quirky annual lecture on crating poster presentations.  Quirky, because I’m a little obsessive about the importance of story telling in ...




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