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January 2016

Research Round-Up

Weekly Research Round Up #2: January 8-14

Welcome to the second week of research round up, where I look back on some of the interesting research papers I happened to read this week. Notice a pattern yet? Yeah… I am working on a lot of antimicrobial resistance related stuff! 1. Series on Antimicrobial Resistance in The Lancet: The series on the rising… Keep Reading

Infectious Diseases/Medcetera

Aphorisms #2: Antimicrobial Resistance

The prescient words of Alexander Fleming, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1945 for his seredipitous discovery of the antibiotic, Penicillin, are worth a mention when it comes to discussing the wise aphorisms around antimicrobial resistance. In an interview given to The New York Times in 1945, he notes that:… Keep Reading

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Infectious Diseases/Medcetera

Aphorisms #1: Antimicrobial Resistance

I am working on a document outlining strategies for monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (hence the recent plethora of posts on the topic!) and sometimes, these documents spout some beautifully poetic paragraphs amidst pages and pages of policy jargon! So I thought of blogging them as and when I come across them! From  Shaban… Keep Reading

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Turning to the "Infected Jelly" to Treat Ebola

The NEJM has come out with a very interesting paper: Evaluation of Convalescent Plasma for Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea. The explosive outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa last year had hijacked the headlines and media space in a big way. Multiple solutions were touted, including the vaccine trial STRIVE. Few articles, however, looked… Keep Reading

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If Carbapenems Go, Can Colistin be Far Behind?

I wrote about the disaster-in-the-making discovery of transmissible resistance to colistin, a last resort antibiotic, when the Lancet Infectious Diseases published a paper based on data coming out from surveillance in China. At that point of time, the isolation of the transmissible gene providing resistance (mcr1 gene) gained a lot of attention. Maryn McKenna’s blog post went… Keep Reading

Public Health

Ronald Fisher and Some Thoughts on the p-Value

One of the most discussed, debated and controversial issues in medical research is the p-value. I came across Ronald Fisher’s take on this matter in his work, Statistical Methods for the Research Worker, 1925 (the text of this work has been made available online by Christopher D. Green of the York University): “The value for… Keep Reading

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