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2014-07-03 12:26:22

Novel learning system combines petabytes of retail data with public health case reports to identify contaminated food sources, shorten intervention times and limit the spread of disease outbreaks SAN JOSE, Calif., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a first-of-a-kind system that is designed to help food retailers, distributors and public health officials predict the most likely contaminated food sources and accelerate the investigation of food-borne disease...

Rise In Births Adds Fuel To The Fire When It Comes To Disease Epidemics
2014-04-03 15:30:03

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Vaccines save millions of lives each year, but there are still almost four million children under the age of five who die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. Two doctoral ecology students from the University of Michigan are working hard to lower that number. According to Micaela Martinez-Bakker and Kevin Bakker, large vaccination campaigns in the developing world that take seasonal birth rate fluctuations into account...

2013-12-12 23:22:41

Legionella bacteria were recently responsible for two new Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks. Jules Zacher, PC is a law firm currently representing victims of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks across the country, including one case from the October outbreak in Allentown, PA. (PRWEB) December 12, 2013 Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially deadly form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria frequently found in water. People can contract this illness when hotels, hospitals, nursing...

2013-11-13 23:25:55

Inadequate water system treatment can lead to Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks. Jules Zacher, PC is a law firm with multiple cases linked to recent outbreaks across the country. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 13, 2013 Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially deadly form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria frequently found in water. People can contract this illness when hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, and other large facilities do not properly maintain their water systems....

2013-07-09 22:52:48

After a 2011 outbreak of P. aeruginosa, investigators at Beaumont Health System near Detroit, Michigan determined contaminated ultrasound gel was the source of bacteria causing the healthcare-associated infection. The findings emphasize the need for increased scrutiny of contaminated medical products. This study is published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. "Ultrasound is a critical...

2012-12-12 15:40:08

Outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as swine flu (H1N1) threaten global health and should be considered by funding agencies and humanitarian organizations as development issues rather than emergency situations, requiring long-term support and investment, according to US experts writing in this week's PLOS Medicine. The authors from several US institutions, led by Tiffany Bogich from Princeton University, reached these conclusions by reviewing nearly 400 serious international public...

2012-10-26 00:43:38

In the 1700s-1800s, dysentery was a disease causing many deaths. In fact, in some areas in Sweden 90 percent of all deaths were due to dysentery during the worst outbreaks. A new doctoral thesis in history from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, presents demographic and medical history of the disease. Dysentery, or rödsot as it used to be called in Swedish, remains a major problem in developing countries. In the Western world, however, the disease is almost gone. Yet prior...

2012-09-04 11:25:20

Reconstructing the spread of killer diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) from person to person using DNA sequencing quickly identifies the origin and movement of pathogens. This approach is directly informing public health strategies to control infectious disease outbreaks, says a scientist speaking at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick. A team from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, Canada used whole-genome...

Reusable Grocery Bags Responsible For Norovirus Outbreak
2012-05-09 07:55:28

Oregon investigators recently mapped the trail of an outbreak of a nasty stomach bug among participants in a girls' soccer tournament to a reusable open top grocery bag stored in a hotel bathroom. Their findings, which illustrate the role that inanimate objects can play in spreading norovirus infection, appear in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Noroviruses are a leading cause of gastroenteritis worldwide and the most common cause of foodborne outbreaks in the United States. Highly...

2012-04-04 10:51:21

An international team of scientists has created an innovative tool for teaching the fundamentals of epidemiology–the science of how infectious diseases move through a population. The team teaches a workshop annually in South Africa that helps epidemiologists improve the mathematical models they use to study outbreaks of diseases like cholera, AIDS and malaria. Led by Steve Bellan from the University of California at Berkeley, the team created a new game as a teaching aid for the...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.