Where does privacy end and epidemiology begin? How much should we use surveys of what is in sewers and how far up the line should they go?

Question of the day. Where do we draw the line in terms of privacy when sampling sewer systems?  I have had some major concerns about microbiome studies using sewer system samples in the past.  And of course people are trying to use sewer system studies to look at all sorts of other epidemiology related data. …

Worth a look: Special issue of @NYASAnnals on “Antimicrobial Therapeutics Reviews” 

  There is a whole issue of the Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences that may be of interest.  The focus of the issue is on Antimicrobial Therapeutics Reviews. Some of the papers are freely available.  These are Resistance diagnosis and the changing epidemiology of antibiotic resistance(pages 5–17) by David McAdams Resistance diagnosis and the changing …

Nicholas Osborne and Richard Sharpe on Moldy homes, ventilation, inflammation and immune health

This is a guest post from Nicholas Osborne from the University of Exeter Medical School.  I saw a paper of his that seemed very relevant to microBE.net “Indoor fungal diversity and asthma: A meta-analysis and systematic review of risk factors.” (by Sharpe RA, Bearman N, Thornton CR, Husk K1, Osborne NJ).  And so I wrote to …

Much More on the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti from journal Emerging Infectious Diseases #microBEnet

Some new publications were just released by the CDC’s Journal Emerging Infectious Diseases relating to the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Understanding the Cholera Epidemic, Haiti Implications of the Introduction of Cholera to Haiti Vibrio cholerae in Traveler from Haiti to Canada I note I wrote about this recently in regard to the UN report discussing …