epidemiology

An Eating Disorder Iceberg, Revealed

March 14, 2011

For some diseases, taking a census is easy. Most people who have cancer are diagnosed with the disease before they die and seek treatment, allowing for the collection of detailed national cancer statistics. But other diseases tend to hide in the [Read more]

Dodging the Bullet of 1918

October 26, 2010

When the novel H1N1 flu virus began to appear in North America and Europe in Spring 2009, it contained some worryingly familiar signs to flu experts. The new strain appeared suddenly in a season when flu typically declines, spread at a rapid pace, [Read more]

A Cheap Antidote for Bangladesh

October 20, 2010

Designing a trial for the treatment of cancer is hard. Designing a trial to prevent cancer is even harder. In a typical population, such a small percentage of people will naturally contract a particular type of cancer that to test the ability of an [Read more]

Urban Crime and the Waistline

October 14, 2010

It’s well established that environment can influence a person’s weight as much as their genes or their behavior. For people growing up in inner city environments where fast food restaurants and liquor stores far outnumber grocery stores [Read more]