Articles matching the ‘epidemiology’ Category

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April 4th, 2018

Podcast 220: Mumps outbreaks — blame waning protection, not new viruses or bad vaccines

Mumps outbreaks keep happening, even among vaccinated groups. Why? Our guest, Joseph Lewnard, and his coauthor, Yonstan Grad, probed studies of mumps vaccine efficacy carried out over five decades. They show that the fault, dear clinician, is not in our vaccines or new viral strains, but in ourselves. Our bodies slowly lose their immune response […]


January 25th, 2009

Podcast 27: Dr. Steven E. Sobol talks with us about his paper on trends in pediatric head-and-neck infections from S. aureus — an increasing percentage of which are MRSA.

The 6-year period 2001 – 2006 saw an increase from 12 to 28 in the percentage of S. aureus infections among head-and-neck infections in childen that were methicillin resistant. This 16-point jump is concerning, and we talk with an author of the paper documenting that increase. Also, we’d like to know: should we be calling […]


January 18th, 2009

Podcast 26: Dr. Wayne A. Ray talks about the dangers of sudden cardiac death from antipsychotic drugs

NEJM published a paper this week detailing the risks of sudden cardiac death in those taking both typical and atypical antipsychotic drugs. We talk with the paper’s first author Dr. Wayne A. Ray of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. If you would like to comment or offer an idea for a future podcast, please call […]


January 11th, 2009

Podcast 25: Drs. Nicola Thompson and Joseph Perz talk about their Annals of Internal Medicine paper on the epidemiology of viral hepatitis outbreaks in nonhospital healthcare settings

Hospitals don’t have many outbreaks of viral hepatitis, owing to a strong culture of infection control. However, health care is moving increasingly to nonhospital settings like outpatient clinics and longterm care facilities where infection control is less established. We talk with Nicola Thompson and Joseph Perz of the CDC about their paper detailing the causes […]


August 9th, 2008

Podcast 11: News and interview with Dr. Irene Hall, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC

This week we talk with the CDC’s Irene Hall about the finding of an increased incidence of HIV infection in the U.S. Journal Watch links Do Not Screen for Prostate Cancer in Men 75 or Older, USPSTF Advises Specialties Disagree on Need for ECG Evaluations Before Prescribing ADHD Drugs Common Fertility Treatments of Little Benefit in […]


July 26th, 2008

Podcast 9: News and interview with Prof. Robert Hogg, British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver.

This week, Robert Hogg gives us his perspective on the increasing longevity seen with HIV infection in high-income countries. Journal Watch links Lipid Screening in Childhood – New Recommendations from the AAP Consensus Statement Issued for Managing Prediabetes Medicare to Reimburse Doctors Extra for Electronic Prescriptions


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