Epidemiology

COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker – Updated as of August 27

This tracker provides the number of cases and deaths from novel coronavirus by country, the trend in case and death counts by country, and a global map of showing which countries have cases and deaths. There have been over 7.2 million confirmed cases and 411,000 confirmed deaths worldwide. There have been nearly 2 million confirmed …

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Use of real-world evidence for regulatory decision-making

How do you evaluate treatment efficacy and safety outside of the clinical trial setting? This is not just a question of academic interest. In last week’s JAMA, Rubin 2021 writes about some of the challenges of evaluating COVID-19 vaccines outside of a clinical trial setting. In an interesting, two-day workshop last week, the Duke Margolis …

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Did your real-world study follow STROBE guidelines?

Is your observational research study following best practices? Is your methodology transparent? To help answer these questions, the Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research (EQUATOR) Network created the STROBE guidelines. The STROBE guidelines–an acronym for The Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology–aim to improve the transparency of the methods behind observational …

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When (and how) to use population-adjusted indirect comparisons?

Population-adjusted indirect comparisons (PAICs) include both matching-adjusted indirect comparisons (MAICs) and Simulated treatment comparisons (STCs). The key data requirement for these methods is that they have individual patient data (IPD) from at least one clinical trial. This means the methods are most useful for studied funded by the clinical trial sponsor or when IPD clinical …

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Using wastewater to monitor COVID-19

Understanding trends in COVID-19 transmission rates is vital both public health monitoring and policymaking decisions. However, diagnostic capacity may be limited, and test sampling is often non-random, and often COVID-19 cases are not reported when patients have mild or asymptomatic disease. What is the solution? A paper in Nature Biotechnology argues that wastewater testing may …

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J+D FORECASTING LAUNCHES INTELLIGENT DATA

J+D Forecasting, known as the experts in pharmaceutical forecasting, has today announced the launch of EpiCube; the latest addition to its comprehensive suite of pharmaceutical forecasting products. Unlike most standard epidemiological databases available, EpiCube is the first database where the user can choose how to build their own data set; be that by country, disease, …

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Understanding COVID-19 and varying responses across the globe

While lockdown eases across England, local lockdowns are becoming an ever-growing threat across the country. This is a unique response in comparison to other countries across the world and could be indicative of a second spike in infections. At the beginning of the pandemic, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine launched a course …

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Brief Examines What’s Known About Children and Coronavirus Transmission as Schools Prepare for Fall

With schools nationwide preparing for fall and the federal government encouraging in-person classes, key concerns for school officials, teachers and parents include the risks that coronavirus poses to children and their role in transmission of the disease. A new KFF brief examines the latest available data and evidence about the issues around COVID-19 and children and…More

COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker – Updated as of July 10

This tracker provides the number of cases and deaths from novel coronavirus by country, the trend in case and death counts by country, and a global map of showing which countries have cases and deaths. There have been over 7.2 million confirmed cases and 411,000 confirmed deaths worldwide. There have been nearly 2 million confirmed …

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