Category Archives: WASH

July 11, 2013 Journal Article: Highly localized sensitivity to climate forcing drives endemic cholera in a megacity.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Journal Club

Article: Highly localized sensitivity to climate forcing drives endemic cholera in a megacity.

July 11, 2013 (Thursday) 2:00 PM

Location: HPNP Room G307

Moderator: John Anderson

Join us for our third Summer meeting! This article takes us to Dhaka, Bangladesh and examines the relationship between climate, cholera and spatial heterogeneity.

Reiner Jr, RC et al. (2012) Highly localized sensitivity to climate forcing drives endemic cholera in a megacity. PNAS (109): doi:10.1073/pnas.1108438109

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Say ‘Hello’ to the 100 trillion bacteria that make up your microbiome

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Say ‘Hello’ to the 100 trillion bacteria that make up your microbiome

Thanks Nick Kawa, for bringing Michael Pollan’s extensive article on gut ecology in NY Times Magazine to our attentionThe article summarizes work from a number of labs researching the role of gut ecology on human health, a topic that has become quite popular in the media and scientific literature, particularly in the context of fecal transplants (e.g. NPR, NY Times, The Lancet Infectious Diseases).

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India develops new rotavirus vaccine

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India develops new rotavirus vaccine.  Rotavirus is estimated to cause over 100,000 deaths per year in children under five years of age in India alone.

The announcement was made at the International Symposium on “Rotavirus Vaccines For India- the Evidence and the Promise” where our own Rick Rheingans is presenting on rotavirus vaccination cost-effectiveness in India.

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Seasonality, disease and behavior: Using multiple methods to explore socio-environmental health risks in the Mekong Delta

Seasonality, disease and behavior: Using multiple methods to explore socio-environmental health risks in the Mekong Delta

This research by Roger Few et al. explores the complexities of disease risk in Mekong delta households. Simplistic relationships between seasonality and disease risk are not sufficient to explain heterogeneity of behaviors and perceptions of risk held in these communities.