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Information on the epidemiology sector, for professionals only


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- AZERBADJAN - Immunization week in refugees families A city health department brigade was sent to the camps of Sumqayıt, including doctors and paramedical staff. 307 children were examined by the maintenance crew and 160 have been vaccinated. At the same time a campaign of prevention of infectious diseases among residents of the camps has underlined the importance of immunization.*

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In May 2012, NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) welcomed David Schottenfeld, M.D. as a Visiting Scholar. The discussion focused on their personal reflections about their past mentors and colleagues, noteworthy contributions to the field, and how cancer epidemiology has evolved as a discipline. Dr. Schottenfeld is the John G. Searle Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School .


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- Control of Malaria Parasite -

- Researchers Use Bacteria -


Currently about 220 million people develop malaria each year, resulting in roughly 660,000 deaths, mostly among children in Africa who have limited access to health care. The chain of transmission works like this: A female mosquito carries Plasmodium and passes the parasite on to her offspring. Plasmodium migrate to the mosquito’s salivary glands, and the parasite is passed to a human bloodstream when the human is attacked by the infected mosquito. Scientists have previously discovered that Wolbachia will block development of Plasmodium in mosquitoes. With backing from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Michigan State University (MSU) researchers set out to establish a stable, inherited Wolbachia infection that would block Plasmodium in generations of the Anopheles mosquito, the primary malaria carrier in the Middle East and South Asia .* 

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- AUSTRALIA - Good jobs can lead to happy families -

- Most people associate work with negative effects on family life, but new research from The Australian National University (ANU) has turned this view on its head, showing that the positives of jobs flow through too. Associate Professor Strazdins, a researcher at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health and a Families Australia Family Week Ambassador, surveyed more than 2,800 mothers and almost 4,000 fathers with children aged 4-5 years as part of the Growing up in Australia study to determine how work influences family life. *

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Cancer Epidemiology over the Last Half-Century and Thoughts on the Future


- Training -


- EUROPE - Training in Infectious Disease Emergencies -

- To produce a training programme and training materials specifically to meet the requirements of front line health professionals in emergency care (including nurses and other HCW) and local laboratories, to deal with the recognition and management of infectious disease emergencies. General Objectives: To enhance European capacity to recognize and respond effectively and in a coordinated fashion to infectious disease emergencies, whether natural, accidental or deliberate in origin.*

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- EFSA assesses risks to bees from Fipronil -

- The insecticide Fipronil poses a high acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize, EFSA has concluded in a report requested by the European Commission. EFSA was asked to perform a risk assessment of Fipronil, paying particular regard to the acute and chronic effects on colony survival and development and the effects of sublethal doses on bee mortality and behaviour.*

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- BAHRAIN - E Services and Mobile Applications -

- It provides the interactive searching facility and location maps for the government and private hospitals, health centers and pharmacies with the Kingdom of Bahrain. Health service offers numerous options related to health, such as Drugs Prices, BMI Calculator, Delivery Date Calculator (for pregnant women) as well as Location of Hospitals, Health Centers and Pharmacies. Application can also provide directions to the eKiosk and eService Center from the user’s current location.*

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-Prospective safety surveillance of GH-deficient adults: comparison of GH-treated vs untreated patients ››› Read


- Lithium in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (LiCALS): a phase 3 multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.-   ›››› Read


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- ISRAEL Dangerous Drugs Proclamation 2013 -

- On 6-May-13, at a meeting of the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee, the Dangerous Drugs Proclamation (Amendment to the First Addendum to the Ordinance), 5773-2013 was approved. The dangerous substances will be included in the first addendum to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance. This Proclamation comes into force when it is published in the Government Gazette in the next few days. *

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- WORLD - Association with a greater adherence to placeboMethodology and explanation -

- Previous studies found an association of greater adherence to placebo medication with better outcomes. The present study tested whether this association was explained by any of the following factors: 1) adherence to other medications, 2) healthcare behaviors, 3) disease risk, or 4) predicted degree of adherence. Data included information on more than 800 risk factors from 27,347 subjects in two randomized controlled trials of hormone therapy in the Women's Health Initiative.*

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- SAUDI ARABIA - Novel coronavirus infection – update

- The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional five laboratory-confirmed cases with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). All five patients are from the Eastern region of the country, but not from Al-Ahsa, where an outbreak began in a health care facility in April 2013. The patients had underlying medical conditions which required multiple hospital visits. The government is conducting investigations into the likely source of infection in both the health care and the community settings. In France, the first laboratory-confirmed case in the country, with recent travel from the United Arab Emirates has died.*

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Scientists at the University of California, Davis, detected the H1N1 (2009) virus in free-ranging northern elephant seals off the central California coast a year after the human pandemic began, according to a study published today, May 15, in the journal PLOS ONE. It is the first report of that flu strain in any marine mammal. "We thought we might find influenza viruses, which have been found before in marine mammals, but we did not expect to find pandemic H1N1," said lead author Tracey Goldstein, an associate professor with the UC Davis One Health Institute and Wildlife Health Center. "This shows influenza viruses can move among species.*

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2nd international conference and exhibition on biometrics & biostatistics

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10th – 12th June 2013,

Chicago. Illinois, USA.

Topics: Epidemiology and other

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- Animals Focus -



discovered into Marin Mammals

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Epidemiology 2013

International Conference



20th to 25th July, Budapest, Hungary.

Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability.

Topics: Epidemiology

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Intensified livestock production and new wave of zoonotic diseases



Modern farming practices, such as intensified livestock production, as well as environmental and biodiversity changes can be linked to the new wave of zoonotic diseases. Human population growth and the expansion of agriculture to meet the ever-rising demand for food have been identified as the key drivers of recent outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases. These human behavioural changes have led to encroachment of wildlife habitats, resulting in greater interactions between people, livestock and wildlife and increased chances of spillover of potential pathogens from wildlife to livestock and, consequently, people. “Intensive livestock farming, especially of pigs and poultry, increases the risk of disease transmission due to increased population size and density,” the study reveals.*

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HONG KONG -  Ban of import of poultry products from Catalonia, Spain -

- The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (May 21) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H7N1 avian influenza on a poultry farm in the Province of Catalonia, Spain, it has banned the import of poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from the Province with immediate effect for the protection of Hong Kong's public and animal health. A CFS spokesman said about 4 600 tons of frozen poultry meat was imported into Hong Kong from Spain last year.*

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