WORLD – Environmentthe new category in the Journal -

USA – Using Genomics to Prevent Cancer Now -

ROMANIA Dog Welfare –

EUROPE – Integrated surveillance of emerging vector-borne diseases –

WORLD Nano-paper filter removes viruses –

GERMANY – Global spread of epidemics –

UK – Genetic & E learning –

UGANDA Ebola outbreak - CDC Special team travel to Uganda –

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- USA - Using Genomics to Prevent Cancer -


- More than one million people in the United States are at increased risk for adverse health outcomes due to Lynch syndrome and hereditary breast/ovarian cancer. Because at present these conditions are often not identified by the healthcare system, many individuals and families affected by them are not aware that they are at risk. However, early detection and intervention could significantly reduce morbidity and mortality. The Genetic Alliance in collaboration with CDC produced this video to help partners who are interested in addressing this important health challenge -

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- An outbreak of the Ebola virus has hit Western Uganda and caused dozens of illnesses or deaths. In RESPONDING TO OUTBREAKS, a team of investigators from the CDC Special Pathogens Branch travelled to Uganda. They are working to bring the outbreak under control and learn more about the reservoir hosts for the Ebola and Marburg viruses -

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- USA - Disease Outbreak estimation via Social media -


- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wants to use social media to better spot outbreaks in smaller communities.  U.S. agencies want to expand their use of social media to spot potential biological attacks and outbreaks of deadly infectious diseases, including the new H7N9 avian flu that has killed dozens of people in China -

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- UK Genetic & E learning -


You can learn about: Genes to genome, Causes of genetic conditions, Inheritance of genetic material, Identifying those at risk, Taking a family history, Modes of inheritance, Answering patient questions, with E-learning modules -

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- EUROPE - Integrated surveillance for prevention and control of emerging vector-borne diseases -


World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April, marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. This year, vector-borne diseases which are transmitted mainly by bites of vectors such as mosquitoes, ticks and sandflies are highlighted as a global public health priority. This issue of Eurosurveillance focuses on vector-borne diseases and their impact on public health in Europe and other parts of the world such as the recent outbreaks of Chikungunya fever in the Caribbean and Zika virus fever in the Pacific -

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- GERMANY - Global spread of epidemics - The Hidden Geometry of Global Contagion –


When an unknown virus emerges at various locations in the world, scientists focus on answering the following questions: Where did the new disease originate? Where are new cases to be expected? When are they expected? And how many people will catch the disease? In order to contain the further spread – and potentially devastating consequences – rapid assessment is essential for the development of efficient mitigation strategies. Highly sophisticated computer simulations are an important tool for forecasting different scenarios -

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- WORLD - Fighting cancer with lasers and nanoballoons that pop -


- Now, researchers are developing a better delivery method by encapsulating the drugs in nanoballoons – which are tiny modified liposomes that, upon being struck by a red laser, pop open and deliver concentrated doses of medicine. Because the nanoballoons encapsulate the anti-cancer drugs, they diminish the drugs' interaction with healthy bodily systems. In laboratory experiments performed with mice, Lovell hits the nanoballoon with a red laser at the target site in the body. The laser triggers the nanoballoons to pop open and release the drugs. As soon as the laser is turned off, the nanoballoons close, taking in proteins and molecules that might induce cancer growth -

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- WORLD - New gene mutation that predisposes families to melanoma -


To date, four susceptibility genes for familial melanoma have been identified: CDKN2A (the most common), CDK4, BAP1, and TERT. However, mutations in these genes account for less than 40 percent of melanoma-prone families. In this recent study, Maria Teresa Landi, M.D., Ph.D., of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, and her colleagues, including those in Europe and Canada, sought to identify additional mutations that would explain at least some proportion of the familial cases of melanoma that have yet to be linked to known susceptibility genes. The researchers used a whole exome sequencing approach, which examines the protein coding regions in DNA, to evaluate more than 100 individuals from 56 Italian families with familial melanoma -

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- Every year the OIE publishes its international Standards, together with periodicals, publications on important topical issues and world conference proceedings. Virtually all titles published or co-published with the OIE are available in English, French and Spanish, with some also in Chinese and Russian. The OIE catalogue includes the following publications: OIE animal health standards; Periodicals; Non-periodicals; Guidelines, training manuals and online animal health information -

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State vet issues equine herpes warning

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- So far, there’s no indication that any horses in Nebraska have the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus-1. Officials say they want to keep it that way. The increasing number of cases cropping up across the nation prompted Dennis Hughes, state veterinarian, to issue a press release Thursday. He urged Nebraska horse owners and venues planning to host shows and exhibitions to take biosecurity measures — just in case -

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- EUROPE - Leafy greens: assessment of Salmonella and Norovirus risk -


Rainfall, use of contaminated water for irrigation or contaminated equipment are among the factors that cause contamination of leafy greens with Salmonella and Norovirus. These are some of the findings of EFSA’s latest opinion on risk factors that contribute to the contamination of leafy greens at different stages of the food chain. The BIOHAZ Panel has recommended that producers use good agricultural, hygiene and manufacturing practices to reduce contamination. The Panel has also proposed specific microbiological criteria at primary production -

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Environment - New category in Epidemiological news -

Because “Environment” has an unquestionable link to human and animal health, this new category is a logical extension in order to complete the main editorial line of this journal.


A new associate editor has joined the journal - 

Hector Tinico Garcia is Doctor Philosophy of Science and will review Environmental subjects related to epidemiology. Welcome to Hector!


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- USA - Avian Influenza Epidemics - Role of Environmental Transmission -


- Avian influenza virus (AIV) persists in North American wild waterfowl, exhibiting major outbreaks every 2–4 years. Attempts to explain the patterns of periodicity and persistence using simple direct transmission models are unsuccessful. Motivated by empirical evidence, we examine the contribution of an overlooked AIV transmission mode: environmental transmission -

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- Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Uppsala University have developed a paper filter, which can remove virus particles with the efficiency matching that of the best industrial virus filters. The paper filter consists of 100 percent high purity cellulose nanofibers, directly derived from nature. Virus particles are very peculiar objects- tiny (about thousand times thinner than a human hair) yet mighty. Viruses can only replicate in living cells but once the cells become infected the viruses can turn out to be extremely pathogenic. Viruses can actively cause diseases on their own or even transform healthy cells to malignant tumors -

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2014 Mid-Atlantic Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics (MAGES) Conference

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Integrated Systems Biology Analytical Methods for Epidemiological Studies of Complex Traits.

May 30, 2014 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


Sujects: Big Data, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computational Biology, Epidemiological Studies, Epidemiology , Genetics, Genomics, Molecular and Cellular Biology , Research Methods, Scientific Computing, Systems Biology.

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 Dog Welfare



The European Commission has received, and continues to receive, a series of complaints about the welfare and management of stray dogs in Romania. The welfare and management of stray animal populations is not governed by EU rules and remains under the sole responsibility of the Member States. The EU rules establish the animal welfare at the time of killing in slaughterhouses and during disease outbreaks (Council Regulation No 1099/2009). Animals killed under other circumstances are not covered. However the EU promotes a campaign for dog welfare and well canine population management to   lead to responsible animal ownership by the ‘CARODOG’ website.

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