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Change Seminar: Measuring Mortality in Iraq

I gave a seminar last week for the UW computer scientists interested in doing good with technology. It’s a fun crowd. Here are the slides, requested by a regular attendee who couldn’t be there.

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Smoking trends by US counties

I’m away from work for some really exciting family stuff, but while I wait on that, our paper on trends in smoking prevalence has just come out, along with a fun interactive data visualization of the results, and some media coverage that I think tells the story quite well.

What makes this work methodologically challenging is that the data comes from telephone surveys, but people who smoke stopped using landlines more than people who don’t smoke:

smoking_brfss_nhis

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GBD 2010: The Global Burden of Ischemic Heart Disease in 1990 and 2010: The Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study

I wish I had been more diligent in collecting the disease-specific papers that have come out following the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study… here is the latest one to go into print: Moran et al, The Global Burden of Ischemic Heart Disease in 1990 and 2010: The Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, in Circulation.

ihd_compartments

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Population Health Metrics Research Consortium Gold Standard Verbal Autopsy Data 2005-2011

One exciting announcement that I got to make at the Verbal Autopsy Congress last October is that the PHMRC gold standard verbal autopsy validation data is now available for all researchers. You can find it in the Global Health Data Exchange: Population Health Metrics Research Consortium Gold Standard Verbal Autopsy Data 2005-2011.

Insert an example of doing something with it here.

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Comparative performance of existing VA methods

Our paper comparing the performance of several verbal autopsy (VA) analysis algorithms is now published. This was a long time in the making, so I’m very glad that it is now out in the literature. It is open access, too!

validation_process

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Burden of substance use and mental disorders published

Papers on with results from some of my favorite models from the GBD 2010 appeared this week:

Degenhardt et al, Global burden of disease attributable to illicit drug use and dependence: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61530-5

Whiteford et al, Global burden of disease attributable to mental and substance use disorders: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61611-6

It is just the kind of stuff to generate catchy health news headlines.

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GBD 2010 in Discover Magazine

If I’m going to call attention to magazine coverage of the GBD 2010, I must also point out the great Discover Magazine article my former classmate wrote, which includes a snapshot I’m pretty sure I took.

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GBD 2010 as described in the Atlantic

Here is a nice, concise explanation of what the GBD 2010 Study found, published last Jan in Atlantic Magazine.

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IHD in GBD-Compare

As I mentioned, disease-specific papers I helped with from the GBD 2010 work are starting to appear, and the GBD-Compare tool tells a story about each one. This one is about heart disease, as described in Forouzanfar et al. Assessing the global burden of ischemic heart disease, part 2: analytic methods and estimates of the global epidemiology of ischemic heart disease in 2010.

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Descriptive Epi Paper Pile

A small pile of disease-specific papers I helped with from the GBD 2010 have started to make their way into the world. Each should have a set of links to an appropriately selected spot in the GBD-Compare tool:

It would be great if the systematic review data from these studies was released as well! At least two groups have actually used the HCV replication dataset in their own research now.

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