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Proposal of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA) on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union

Observations of the IEA in reference totext of the GDRP as proposed by the European Commission (document COM(2012) 11 final – C7-0025/12 of 25.1.2012) and to the Draft Report by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament dated 16.1.2013 […]

GOARN Request for Assistance #2: Yellow Fever, Sudan


Please find attached the latest situation report from the WHO Country Office. Additional information is posted on the WHO Disease outbreak news website (http://www.who.int/csr/don/2012_12_06/en/index.html) and the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) website (http://www.emro.who.int/sdn/sudan-news/yellowfever-sudan-10december2012.html) […]

Four deadly sins that will not go away


Understanding case-control studies as involving sampling the necessary information from an underlying, often unknown, cohort to learn about the relative increase in disease occurrence among exposed compared to not-exposed goes back to the 1980s. But comparing cases and controls in a table (often table 1) is still what we see. “You should stop this business of comparing cases and controls” was what Miettinen’s students were told more than 30 years ago. Apparently, not many listened… […]

Epidemics of chronic diseases: the role of epidemiology


Many countries are prepared to address epidemics of infectious diseases, because they have organizations, training programs, legislation and monitoring systems. Best known is probably the CDC in theUS, but many other countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America and theMiddle Easthave invested in a similar preparedness. The European Union has, for example, established a European CDC […]

The idea of the healthy control is sick


The history of the case-control study dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, probably inspired by writings by Hippocrates and John Stuart Mill. Hippocrates encouraged doctors to pay attention to what was common and particular for their patients. Mill provided the method of agreement and disagreement in search for causation. Much later Cornfield […]