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The battle against TB

We need to be critical and questioning about where we acquire information and how we react to it. Continue reading

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What do you think a virus is?

How should we communicate about infectious disease to young people? Continue reading

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Silent mode on H7N9

There’s some pretty worrying news coming out about influenza H7N9. Continue reading

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Sequencing unculturable bacteria

Single cell sequencing of bacterial genomes from many environments removes the need to culture the organism before its genome can be sequenced. Continue reading

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Measles, MMR and the Media

“Scholars have argued that in risk communication a dilemma exists between the media functions of informing the media audience about rational risk behavior, and providing an arena for public deliberation about risk. Optimizing the information function would suggest that media … Continue reading

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Zinc? Don't make me laugh

Can zinc cure the common cold? No, because the common cold is not a disease, it’s a symptom. Continue reading

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Growing doubts about HIV vaccine

BBC News Doubts have been raised about the reliability of a trial suggesting success for a vaccine against HIV. In the large-scale trial in Thailand, a combination of vaccines seemed to give volunteers a protective effect of 31%. The US … Continue reading

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Media coverage affects how people perceive the threat of disease

Popular media coverage of infectious diseases greatly influences how people perceive those diseases, making them seem more dangerous, according to a new study. The research suggests diseases that show up frequently in the print media are considered more serious than … Continue reading

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Can you have confidence in the news?

BBC news Subscribe to podcasts (free): [iTunes] Enhanced podcasts & videos [RSS] mp3 podcasts (audio only) Play this episode: Enhanced version Audio only It was widely reported in the media that three million people went down last winter with Norovirus … Continue reading

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