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Epidemic

This flu season has been bad partly due to the presence of H3N2, a particularly nasty strain that people over 50 have a poor immune response to, and to the flu shot being a miss. But when spring comes, will that be the end? Or is this just the start of bad flu seasons?

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Ebola Starting A New Year

February 5, 2015

Optimism for the epidemic in west Africa is declining this week as ebola gets a sudden surge in identified cases. Why the sudden surge after weeks of decline? It’s the same problems that healthcare workers have been fighting against this whole time: many are still clinging to traditional burial practices, which involve touching the body […]

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Have you ever noticed how subjective the term epidemic is, as well as how rare something is? I prefer to use the term epidemic to describe outbreaks, anything quickly spreading, and serious diseases that aren’t under control (tuberculosis, for instance). But other media also use it, almost as hyperbole, to describe anything they want you […]

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We are only a few years away from having to fight several serious diseases without much help from modern medicine. Unless there’s a breakthrough, tuberculosis, malaria, pneumonia, and other life-threatening illnesses will be bigger than ever be before. Just take a weakened immune system, and add: -A bigger global population, with many choosing to live […]

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The northwest has been dealing with state wide Whooping Cough (Pertussis) epidemics for some months now. As it spreads across the country and babies, infants, and children begin to die in other states, it’s making the national news. Something that I speculated about with the Washington epidemic has also been confirmed: this isn’t about parents […]

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