Archive for the ‘public health’ tag

You Can Do More to Combat the Flu than Just Get a Flu Shot

By January 18th, 2018 at 11:36 am | Comment

If you feel like this year’s flu season is a rough one, that’s because it is.

CBS News recently reported that this year’s flu virus is dominated by a particularly nasty strain, H3N2, which has reached almost every corner of the country, causing prolonged illness in many and in some instances, death. The very young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable, and this year’s vaccine may only be about 30% effective because H3N2 tends to mutate quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Citizen Science, How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery

By May 23rd, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Comment

By Dr. Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher

Caren Cooper. (2016). Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery. Overlook Press: New York, NY. $28.95.

While publications proliferate on the subject of citizen science, an introduction to inform and delight all readers has been conspicuously absent until Caren Cooper’s new book, Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery hit the shelves this spring. In the pages of Citizen Science we find compelling stories of citizen scientists who shape the field as we now know it. Cooper tells these stories not only as entertainment, although her prose and humour certainly keeps readers entertained, but, importantly, to inspire readers to take up citizen science themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Help find ways to prevent the common cold and flu!

By September 19th, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Comment

Health Tracking Network

As cold and flu season approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, many people are starting to think about what they can do to avoid getting sick. To help prevent illnesses, public health advice needs to be based on solid scientific evidence.

The Health Tracking Network is a citizen science project designed to fill some of these gaps in knowledge. You can join others from across the world in helping find factors linked to common illnesses such as the common cold, influenza, and stomach flu (gastroenteritis).

Anyone 18 years old or older can participate. When you join the Health Tracking Network, you:

  • spend 2-3 minutes per week answering questions about illness symptoms and related topics,
  • earn money for charities of your choice, and
  • can track your own health, fitness, or anything of interest to you with separate tracking tools.

Participation is completely anonymous.

The project began in April, 2011, and more than 415 people have joined so far. Through their participation, members of the Health Tracking Network have generated more than $2,000 in donations to charities.

The Health Tracking Network needs more participants from all over the world! More participants will allow the project to identify factors related to common illnesses with confidence, which may ultimately lead to good scientific advice about prevention. Join the effort now!

Guest post by Dr. Devon Brewer

Photo: NIH