Epidemiology of gun related violence might seem odd, but violent deaths, including those associated with guns, should be considered a disease. We should therefore use a similar methodology used in treating disease, to identify potential interventions for gun related homicides. Gun control laws are one proposed intervention, or class of interventions. Like with all proposed interventions, we need to test for efficacy and safety. Efficacy requires defining an outcome, and that outcome must be reasonable. We must also take into account what is known as all-cause mortality.« Continue »
Bad Science in Vaccine Studies: Protection Against Infection vs Protection Against Clinical Symptoms
Many vaccines are said to be highly effective, but what does that mean? When vaccine efficiency and effectiveness are discussed, they refer to the ability for a vaccine to prevent infection.« Continue »
B. Pertussis Incidence Estimate
While little has been done to estimate the actual prevalence of B. pertussis (Whooping Cough) in America, there is data available which could give us some insight.« Continue »
Vaccination: Another Abuse of a Powerful Medicine?
There have been far too many attacks against “anti-vaxxers” lately. The question of whether or not to vaccinate is actually a very important one and must be addressed. Specifically, while vaccination is powerful medical tool, like most anything else, it can be overused and abused. Is that the case here?« Continue »