Throughout an infectious disease pandemic, decision-makers rely on data projections to determine how to control transmission and move toward normalcy. NIIH disease modeler Dr. Cécile Viboud discusses plotting data from multiple models to quantify the burden of Covid infections.
Viewers expecting scientific sonnets and iambic pentameter were inspired instead by insights into another art form—nursing research. Columbia University’s Dr. Suzanne Bakken discussed “Implications of Poetical Science for Advancing Health Equity through Information Visualization,” a recent installment in the National Library of Medicine’s Ada Lovelace Lecture Series.
Dietary supplements are wildly popular and their use is steadily growing. Are they safe? Do they work? Two NIH nutrition scientists offer some precautions and reminders to help choose and use dietary supplements wisely.
Significant leadership changes within the NIH Office of the Director have occurred. NIH associate deputy director Dr. Tara Schwetz and NIH associate director for science policy Dr. Carrie Wolinetz recently joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
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Tick mouth. Image shows how the design of the mouth makes ticks generally difficult to remove once they have attached for a blood meal. A strategic research plan by NIH aims to build on and accelerate new and existing research initiatives to improve scientific understanding of ticks and the pathogens they may transmit, and to develop tools to better diagnose, prevent and treat tickborne illnesses.