#VisualAbstracts: Humans, Bats, Trees, Culture and Nipah Virus Transmission

A recent publication in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal talks about the factors related to the emergence of zoonotic infections. They have studied Nipah virus infections in man. This is another effort to bring visual abstracts for infectious disease publications of interest to me. The abstract of the paper: Preventing emergence of new zoonotic viruses depends on understanding determinants for human risk. Nipah virus … Continue reading #VisualAbstracts: Humans, Bats, Trees, Culture and Nipah Virus Transmission

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Penis Transplantation (Source: NY Times)

Penile Transplantation: No, this is not Spam mail – this is real!

Anyone with an email account has received tips on how to augment their male anatomy. And while this might sound like content right out of such an email, it is, in fact, not so! A patient in South Africa received an allotransplanted penis, after he suffered tissue loss due to a botched traditional ritual circumcision which led to gangrene. In a case report published in … Continue reading Penile Transplantation: No, this is not Spam mail – this is real!

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The Manhattan Principles

From the CDC Webpage on the twelve Manhattan Principles: These “Manhattan Principles” urge world leaders, civil society, the global health community, and institutions of science to holistically approach the prevention of epidemic/epizootic disease and the maintenance of ecosystem integrity by: Recognizing the link between human, domestic animal, and wildlife health, and the threat disease poses to people, their food supplies and economies, and the biodiversity … Continue reading The Manhattan Principles

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Visual Abstract: Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in USA (2015-2016)

This week’s NEJM has published the results from the Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network’s estimates of the effectiveness of the influenza vaccines in the United States of America in 2015-2016. The paper highlights some interesting details and I thought it would be a good chance to try out using the paper to jot down a visual abstract format. As an avid reader of the Controversies in … Continue reading Visual Abstract: Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in USA (2015-2016)

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Comparing the Rotavirus Vaccines in India

Comparisons of different rotavirus vaccines are difficult to make with a lot of precision because of the differing populations, protocols, attack rates, and study procedures which have been employed to assess the efficacy of the vaccines. Given the rather recent deployment of the vaccines, there are very limited evidence on their effectiveness in the population/community-setting. Features Rotavac Rotasiil Type Live attenuated vaccine Live attenuated vaccine … Continue reading Comparing the Rotavirus Vaccines in India

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