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Archive for October, 2014

Insights into the Early Epidemic Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone Provided by Viral Sequence Data

Posted on 24 October 2014 by in News

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be spiralling out of control. More than ever, local and global health authorities want to know how the epidemic will develop and, above all, how to prevent it from spreading further. Certain parameters help them to determine this, such as the reproductive number, which is the average number of infections caused by a single infected individual. The incubation and infectious periods are also highly relevant; i.e. the time from infection to the onset of symptoms and the time from onset of symptoms to the clearance of the pathogen. Read the rest of this entry »

Artificial Sweeteners Attack Health Via the Microbiome

Posted on 10 October 2014 by in News

Oh Boy… the journal Nature has this week (9.10.14) identified the insidious effect of consuming ‘diet’ or non caloric sweeteners on the burgeoning mass of human adipocytes and they have really taken a good run at it.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

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