(Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:56:00 +0000)
It’s been more than a month since my last recap of stories from in and around our little world of Flublogia (along with other science blogs), so it is high time that I do so.
As always, this is a subjective list of things that I found of interest, and by no means mentions every worthy blog post out there.
With influenza on the decline in North America and around the world, much of the focus of Flublogia has shifted away from `breaking news’ to a review of what we’ve learned, or are learning, from this pandemic.
We are also seeing our yearly winter and spring surge in bird flu cases. You’ll also coverage of other EIDs (Emerging Infectious Diseases) as well.
My apologies for the good stories I may miss. So, with that said, in no particularly order . . .
You can read my complete review here, but take my word for it: This is a terrific book on a very important subject.
Revere at Effect Measure has been buried writing a grant proposal for several months, but has still managed to surface regularly with blogs of interest.
A few choice ones you may have missed include:
Ian York over at the Mystery Rays blog writes about an eclectic range of subjects, often employing a finely honed sense of history to complement the science.
In mid-March Ian wrote a 5-part series on Measles, which deserves particular mention.
Crof over at Crofsblog continues to be the go-to blog for flu news, but has also been employing his Spanish language skills to follow the often-ignored public health news from our South and Central American neighbors.
My buddy Scott McPherson, who would make his fans happier if he wrote more often, has blogged several times in recent weeks, both on his blogsite and for ComputerWorld.
Professor Vincent Racaniello over at the Virology Blog (along with his excellent TWiV and TWiP podcasts) continues with his prolific output of work. For science geeks (even mental lightweights like myself), they are a terrific source of scientific elucidation.
While Racaniello has addressed many subjects over the past month, two have recently been in the public eye; XMRV and the deep sequencing of vaccines for viral contaminants.
While it is tempting to suggest you just go to the Virology blog and start reading, I’ll pick a few essays to get you started.
CIDRAP continues to be one of the best sources for knowledgeable science reporting on emerging infectious diseases, along with frequently updated overviews of Avian Influenza, H1N1 Swine flu, and other emerging diseases.
The considerable talents of Editor Robert Roos, staff writer Lisa Schnirring, and contributing writer Maryn McKenna are on display five days a week.
Picking just a few stories to highlight is no easy task, but here are a handful from the last ten days.
As a blogger, knowing which reporters I can trust to get the story right is important. In the mainstream print media, I often look for articles by Helen Branswell, Maggie Fox, and Jason Gale because I know their track record of excellence in reporting.
A couple of recent examples from Helen Branswell include:
The newshounds on the Flu Forums continue to work relentlessly to find, translate, and post news items from all over the world, and from dozens of languages. It is a difficult and time consuming job performed by talented and dedicated volunteers.
On March 1st, Sharon interviewed two HHS officials about their use of social media.
Richard Stapleton – Deputy Director of Web Communications and New Media – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Andrew Wilson – Web Manager & New Media Strategist – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
And on March 15th she interviewed Dr. William Schaffner, Professor and Chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
These shows (and others) are available on the Radio Sandy Springs Show Archive.
A little house keeping news, I’ve moved Jimmy Jazz’s In Case of Emergency, Break Glass and John Solomon’s In Case of Emergency, Read Blog sites up to the `What Other People Are Writing’ section of my sidebar to give them better visibility.
And lastly, a few humble offerings of my own you may have missed over the past month.
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