Category Archives: Epidemiology

Drug Overdose Fatalities Soar: Are We Doomed?

US Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocket During Obama and Bush Years Drug overdoses above include deaths from alcohol overdose. Overdose deaths in the graph below are from opioids. Images via Fabius Maximus According to this source, deaths in Russia from drug … Continue reading

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WHO’s Afraid of a Little Zika?

Zika can make a pretty photograph, but when spread from mother to fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy, the picture is not so attractive. The World Health Organization (WHO) has its hands full just trying to keep up with … Continue reading

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Can These Worms Save the Human Race from Extinction?

We Have Not Confronted a Virus that Constitutes an Existential Threat to the Species — Yet But eventually, we are likely to meet an emerging virus that comes close. The Zika virus, for example, is certainly not an existential threat … Continue reading

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Could Low-Dose Radiation Cure Diabetes?

No, low dose radiation will not cure diabetes. But it seems to show promise for fighting some of the complications of diabetes: Within the last few years, LDR has shown promise in combating the complications of diabetes. Studies have found … Continue reading

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Ebola at a Glance

The first victim of the 2014 Ebola outbreak is thought to have died in December of 2013. (Source) The current outbreak is almost a year old. Why does the 2014 epidemic continue to drag on? Infections can be easily spread … Continue reading

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Hells on Earth: Global Expansion of Slums, Crime, Hunger, Plague

Global slum populations are expected to double, from 1 billion up to 2 billion, over the next 15 years. (Source) By 2030, nearly 60 percent of the humans on this planet will live in a city, and within 100 miles … Continue reading

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Putting Ebola in Context

As of 8 October 2014, approximately 4,000 people have died of the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. From the CDC website: As of October 8, 2014 (Updated October 10, 2014) Total Cases: 8400 Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 4656 Total Deaths: 4033 ___ … Continue reading

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Is Russia’s Population Growing?

The article below claims that Russia’s population is currently growing at a slow rate. Russia’s population is actually growing, not shrinking, although its growth is very, very small. While the population was shrinking in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, at … Continue reading

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