Fewer Scientists Are Studying Insects. Here ’s Why That’s So Dangerous
In the summer of 2016, Jerome Goddard, a medical entomologist in Mississippi, received an email from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a desperate ask. The agency was conducting an “urgent” search for insect scientists around the U.S. who could take up to a six-month paid leave from work to help the CDC fight the Zika outbreak in the U.S., and possibly respond to areas with local transmission if needed. “That’s how bad it is—they need to borrow someone,” says Goddard, an extension professor of medical entomology at Mississippi State University. “We can’t find people to investigate an outbreak.” Medical entomology—the study of insects and arthropods that impact human health—has been a shrinking field for at least two decades, and the lack of bug scientists is now interfering with the nation’s ability to respond to infectious disease outbreaks. The CDC, which has about 12,000 employees, only has 13 medical entomologists on staff. The dwindling workforce has serious consequences for human health; diseases spread by insects are on the rise in the United States. Chikungunya, a new disease spread by mosquitoes, has emerged in the past five years, and since 1999, seven new tick-borne diseases have been discovered in the United States. Cases of Lyme disease have increased from a reported 17,209 in 2001 to 36,429 in 2016—a 111% rise. (The CDC estimates that the number of people ...
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You’ve probably seen plenty of examples of values that you don’t respect or admire in the world lately. What about the values you do admire though? Do you praise and encourage them when you see them? Here are some values I admire that I like to praise and encourage when I see them in others. Growth I admire people who embrace growth. I’m impressed by those who keep turning towards opportunities to make positive changes. I especially respect people who do this when dealing with challenging circumstances by staying focused on what they want. People with fixed mindsets are so dreadfully dull. I pref...
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Authors: Parikh D, Armstrong G, Liou V, Husain D Abstract Telemedicine is the provision of healthcare-related services from a distance and is poised to move healthcare from the physician's office back into the patient's home. The field of ophthalmology is often at the forefront of technological advances in medicine including telemedicine and the use of artificial intelligence. Multiple studies have demonstrated the reliability of tele-ophthalmology for use in screening and diagnostics and have demonstrated benefits to patients, physicians, as well as payors. There remain obstacles to widespread implementation, but ...
North American box office will drop an estimated 61% from last year, as the pandemic has Hollywood studios holding off on new releases and theaters scrambling to make audiences feel safe.
Publication date: Available online 11 July 2020Source: Canadian Journal of DiabetesAuthor(s): Sujane Kandasamy, Linda Nguyen, Dipika Desai, Sonia S. Anand, Diana Sherifali, Russell J. de Souza
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