Category Archives: statistics

The New Hatred.

Let me say this at the outset: I am an infectious disease epidemiologist. I believe vaccines represent arguably the most astonishing advance in health that we have yet developed. The lives they have saved are probably literally countless, and the … Continue reading

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Paying the Boatman

If you live in a country with a socialised healthcare system (I’m guessing most of my readers do), here’s something you may not know: your government does not write blank cheques for your medicine. What health interventions governments will subsidise, … Continue reading

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Bigger is better the smaller you are.

We all know that, broadly speaking, there’s a relationship between how heavy you are and how much you can lift.  Various other factors are at play, of course – two 83kg guys at 5’6 and 6’0 have different jobs to … Continue reading

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A quick note on Sydney’s supposed “violence epidemic”.

So I’d been wondering about this for some time, given the remarkable frequency with which we hear about the supposed epidemic of alcohol-fuelled violence in Australian cities, but I hadn’t gotten around to doing the numbers until today. The graph … Continue reading

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Illustrating Global Health 4: Africa is Not a Country

These images show the progression of the HIV epidemic in Africa over 20 years; in 1990, 2000, and 2010. North Africa stands out in all three images as basically unaffected, with very little loss of life. Likewise, with the exception … Continue reading

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Illustrating Global Health 3: No. Seriously. What About The Men?

So the annual furore over White Ribbon Day got me thinking about gendered differences in causes of death, and I decided to have a play around with the cause graphs from the GBD to see which causes predominate in which … Continue reading

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Illustrating Global Health 2: HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis by Region

The second causes of death I’ve had a good look at HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), by region. TB and HIV are the two leading causes of death due to infectious disease worldwide, each causing an estimated 2.3% of all deaths … Continue reading

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