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CVRS analysis in Kiribati

To read: Mortality and life expectancy in Kiribati based on analysis of reported deaths

http://pophealthmetrics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12963-016-0072-6

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Article I’m interested in: “Machine Learning and the Profession of Medicine”

Darcy AM, Louie AK, Roberts L. Machine Learning and the Profession of Medicine. JAMA. 2016;315(6):551-552. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.18421.

> Must a physician be human? …

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleID=2488315

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To read in JAMA: Trends in Prescription Drug Use Among Adults in the United States From 1999-2012

Trends in Prescription Drug Use Among Adults in the United States From 1999-2012
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleID=2467552

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Journal Club: Efficient mapping and geographic disparities in breast cancer mortality at the county-level by race and age in the U.S.

Last week, we read Chien et al, Efficient mapping and geographic disparities in breast cancer mortality at the county-level by race and age in the U.S.  I’ve been very interested in these sort of “small-areas” spatial statistical methods recently, so it was good to see what is out there as the state of the art.  I think I’ve got something to contribute along these lines some day soon.

Maps in small multiples look just lovely, too:
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Journal Club: Transmission Assessment Surveys (TAS) to Define Endpoints for Lymphatic Filariasis Mass Drug Administration: A Multicenter Evaluation

While I’m catching up on journal club reading, two weeks ago we discussed Chu et al, Transmission Assessment Surveys (TAS) to Define Endpoints for Lymphatic Filariasis Mass Drug Administration: A Multicenter Evaluation, which takes on the question of how to decide when it is safe to stop a massive disease elimination program.  This work must rely on some cool mathematical epi modeling, to say how many years of what level of coverage is necessary before you can hope the LF is gone.

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Journal Club: Changing therapeutic geographies

We had a very different sort of research paper in journal club three weeks ago, and I was too busy to jot it down until now. Dewachi et al, Changing therapeutic geographies of the Iraqi and Syrian wars. This is certainly not our usual metrics-heavy approach, so it was good exercise to try to understand it.

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Journal Club: Repeat Bone Mineral Density Screening and Prediction of Hip and Major Osteoporotic Fracture

Last week we read Repeat Bone Mineral Density Screening and Prediction of Hip and Major Osteoporotic Fracture by Berry et al. It argues that repeat screening does not improve predictions. But I think the world needs a better way to measure the quality of predictions like these. Area-under-the-curve doesn’t cut it when you are predicting the unpredictable.

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