Archive for the ‘Epidemiology’ Category

Inspired by this post:¬†http://scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2011/07/things_we_may_not_think_about.php , which talks about some of the problems with hospital capacity handling a sudden influx of patients, like say, during an epidemic. It’s a problem, and one I wish people would think about more. I wish the discussion would go a bit further than the hospitals however. There’s a saying about […]


Just came back from a trip overseas, having forgotten (as I do it rarely), the many joys of transatlantic flight. Particularly, the eight hours I spent listening to a poor young teenager with what sounded like an unholy fusion of whooping cough and TB suffer through a far worse flight than I was having. As […]


A particular rant, brought on by experiences both as a reader and subject of science writing: If you notice an article in the popular, or even scientific press, on a topic that interests you, do your level best to go look up the actual paper. Especially if you’re then going to discuss online about how […]


Those of you who read this from the CS/Math/Engineering world will probably scoff, mutter something about damned kids being 10 years behind the times, and go and read something else. And really, it won’t dampen my enthusiasm in the slightest. My background is in Biology, particularly from a University that didn’t push computational biology, bioinformatics […]


A brief foray into the actual nitty-gritty aspects of research, especially the part that seems to dominate the time of a graduate student in Epidemiology: coding. Particularly, the code for generating random numbers from a truncated normal distribution in SAS 9.2. Generating numbers from a regular normal distribution is easy as pie: x=rannor(seed), where x […]


Continuing to drag my feet on putting up new content, I thought I would post my review of: The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccing Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis By Dr. Paul Offit (2007 – Yale University Press) Why bother? I’m interested in vaccines – their science, their politics and their history, […]


A paper in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine just aged its way past the reporting embargo, and immediately hit the streets. It’s conclusions? Playing video games are bad for your physical and mental well-being. But how good is the paper and its findngs? Read on, for one random internet poster’s opinion.