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Wanted: The Paralysis Genes

Wanted: The Paralysis Genes

By Alexander Gelfand

More than 100 children across the U.S were struck with a polio-like condition in last fall’s enterovirus outbreak. Epidemiologist Priya Duggal wants to know if a child’s own genome can play a role in the development of acute flaccid myelitis.

Diamonds in the Data Deluge

Diamonds in the Data Deluge

By Andrew Myers

Sophisticated wearable computer sensors can generate dizzying amounts of information about our activities and overall health. It’s up to the biostatisticians to decipher meaning from these evolving technologies.

The pocket-sized solution

The Pocket-Sized Solution

By Emily Mullin

PMA 2020 researchers are counting on a pocket-sized solution—the smartphone—to collect and analyze timely data on family planning, water and sanitation across 10 developing countries.

Systems Solution

Systems Thinking

By Maryalice Yakutchik

Among the hard lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic is the critical role of high-functioning health systems in times of crisis. What are the underlying problems of weak systems and what does it take to turn them around?

Ebola’s After-Effects

Ebola's After-Effects

By Andrew Myers

Ebola strained the health systems of affected West-African countries to the breaking point. The diversion of resources compromised the prevention and treatment of other infectious diseases.

Max Fresh

Max Fresh

By Christine Grillo

Those “sell by” and “use by” dates on grocery store items? Ignore them. A food system policy expert says it’s time to rethink the warnings, which only lead to massive food waste.

Radon: Another Fracking Worry

Radon: Another Fracking Worry

By Alexander Gelfand

After analyzing indoor radon levels across Pennsylvania, researchers found a significant increase when companies ramped up fracking natural gas wells in the northeastern U.S.