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PLOS Revised Data Policy

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PLOS is releasing a revised Data Policy that will come into effect on March 1, 2014. Authors will be required to include a data availability statement in all research articles published by PLOS journals.

To see the policy, click here: https://www.plos.org/data-access-for-the-open-access-literature-ploss-data-policy/

Universal Paid Sick Leave Reduces Spread of Flu

Allowing all employees access to paid sick days would reduce influenza infections in the workplace, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by Pitt Public Health modeling experts. The researchers simulated an influenza epidemic in Pittsburgh and surrounding Allegheny County and found that universal access to paid sick days would reduce flu cases in the workplace by nearly six percent. They estimated it to be more effective for small, compared to large, workplaces. 

The results are reported in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people with flu stay home for 24 hours after their fever breaks,” said lead author Supriya Kumar, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Epidemiology. “However, not everyone is able to follow these guidelines. Many more workers in small workplaces than in large ones lack access to paid sick days and hence find it difficult to stay home when ill. Our simulations show that allowing all workers access to paid sick days would reduce illness because fewer workers get the flu over the course of the season if employees are able to stay home and keep the virus from being transmitted to their coworkers.”

Read more: Universal Paid Sick Leave Reduces Spread of Flu

Public Health Dynamics Seminar Series

Assessing and Addressing the Complexity of Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis Epidemics

Ted CohenTed Cohen, MD, MPH, DPH

Associate Professor
Division of Global Health Equity
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 PM
109 Parran Hall

Abstract:

The emergence and spread of drug-resistant M. tuberculosis threaten effective TB control in many settings. In this talk, Cohen will highlight recent work in which they assess worldwide trends in highly drug-resistant tuberculosis and will discuss the potential importance of attending to complexity at two very different scales of resolution: 1) the diversity of M. tuberculosis infections occurring within individual hosts, and 2) the spatial heterogeneity of tuberculosis circulating in communities. He will propose that that an improved response to drug-resistant TB can arise from a better understanding of the complexity associated with this epidemic.

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Public Health Dynamics Seminar Series

Social Networks to Combat ObesityWorth the effort?

David ShohamDavid Shoham, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 PM
109 Parran Hall

Abstract:

Interest has grown in recent years in social networks and obesity. However, methodological and practical challenges remain in understanding if and how social influences operate in obesity "contagion", or even if contagion is the proper metaphor. In this seminar I will review work that has been done on the topic, including results from our own studies, that may help guide future efforts. 

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