Teaching kids about antibiotic resistance

The WHO’s Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, has specific recommendations to educate the public about antimicrobial resistance and to introduce this issue into the educational curriculum. As part of the second World Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 14-18, 2016), we organized a two-day event at Jurong Regional Library over the weekend to teach children about…

Where economics and #epidemics collide: protecting the health of migrant workers from #Zika and other emerging infections

This is a pre-submission version of our recent letter to the Lancet. The final published version can be accessed here. Following widespread criticism about inadequate action during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa(1), the global response is once again being tested by two re-emerging infectious disease threats in the form of Zika and yellow fever…

This week: @DrFriedenCDC said #Zika causes #microcephaly, #twitter followed

Following the publication of CDC’s paper evaluating the evidence for a causal link between Zika virus and microcephaly this week, twitter was alight with pronouncements that this link has been definitively established, at least based on the CDC authors’ interpretation of Shepard’s criteria for teratogenicity and Bradford Hill’s causal considerations. That a causal link has…

How to: draw a nice graph #dataviz

I’ve always found it rather ironic that those of us trained to collect, analyze and interpret data are often the worst qualified to communicate it. This is evident from the results sections of millions of scientific papers out there, littered with visually unappealing, cluttered, incomprehensible and, at worst, highly deceiving graphs. The purpose of a…

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