Are You vMad To Go For Surgery? Risk Assessment for Transmission of vCJD via Surgical Instruments

Client: UK Department of Health

Authors/Consultant: Stephen Curram, Jonathan Coyle, André Hare

Case summary: Although the prevalence of vCJD (a human form of “Mad Cow Disease”) was successfully reduced between 2000 and 2004, the alarming peak in cases led to concern about the disease’s possible transmission via various pathways. Surgical instruments were considered to be […]

Antibiotic Resistance Dynamics

Client: Texas Department of Health

Authors/Consultants: Homer J, Ritchie-Dunham J, Rabbino H, Puente L, Jorgensen J, Hendricks K

Many common bacterial pathogens have become increasingly resistant to the antibiotics used to treat them. The evidence suggests that the essential cause of the problem is the extensive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics, a practice that […]