April 14: How will health researchers evaluate COVID-19 response?
April 10: Battling COVID-19 in senior care settings
April 3: Explaining coronavirus testing for your audience
March 27: Covering COVID-19: Two experts offer up-to-date answers
March 10: Covering COVID-19: What do you need to know?
Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Breakthrough COVID-19 infections and booster vaccines
In this 25-minute Mayo Clinic video, Dr. Gregory A. Poland, professor of medicine and head of the Mayo’s Vaccine Research Group, discusses what the public needs to know about virus variants, the vaccines and breakthrough infections of COVID-19.
Science Talks: Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance
Climate change and its impact on infectious diseases
Rising STD rates: What journalists need to know
Social determinants, opioids and infectious disease deaths
Why adults aren't getting their vaccines
The Challenges of Covering Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Is the U.S. prepared for a flu pandemic?
Covering antibiotic resistance in the post-antibiotic world
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See our YouTube playlist of videos about infectious diseases.
Looking for a brief description of how the immune system works? Check out this video with Yale University School of Medicine professor of immunology Akiko Iwasaki and produced by BioRender, a life sciences communication company. In 8 minutes, Iwasaki walks the viewer through the body’s immune response and how T-cells, B-cells and antibodies fight off viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeN8v5I5VNA
60 Minutes - ongoing coverage of COVID-19: In these 41 videos, there are stories from why it matters that the National Institutes of Health canceled a coronavirus research grant to how an Amazon worker tracks cases of the virus from home.
March 6 coronavirus update with Anthony Fauci, M.D.
The 2020 #Coronavirus Outbreak – What We Know So Far
In this conversation with Dr. Howard Baucher, the editor of Journal of American Medical Association, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases discusses what is known about the current outbreak of coronavirus 2019-nCoV, as of Jan. 27, 2020. Fauci explains the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses and how they compare to the 2020 coronavirus outbreak. Fauci describes this as a “serious outbreak” but that there is a lot that is still unknown. He also says he wouldn’t be surprised if there are more travel-related cases of infections from the current virus and some cases of person-to-person spread in the US from 2019-nCOV. “It’s an evolving problem that is changing day by day, which is why we are taking it very seriously,” he said
Opioids: Epidemic of our time and impact on infectious disease
In this one-hour lecture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield lays out the scope of the opioid epidemic and its impact on the rise of infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis A and C and sexually transmitted diseases. The lecture was given at NIH headquarters in Bethesda, Md., in November 2018.
Drug Resistant Infections: Confronting an Escalating Crisis
In this webcast panel discussion from Oct. 11, 2019, Helen Boucher, Director, Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (CIMAR) and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Lauri Hicks, Director, Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Kevin Outterson, Executive Director of CARB-X (Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator), and Professor of Law, Boston University discussion the growing crisis of antimicrobial resistance and efforts of public health and business leaders to address the growing problem of more and more pathogens becoming resistant to antimicrobials.
Understanding the microbiome
On August 22, SciLine, a free media resource offered by the American Association for the Advance of Science, hosted a webcast on understanding the microbiome. Speakers were Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Lita Proctor, coordinator of the Human Microbiome Project at the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Anna Seekatz, assistant professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Clemson University.
Mosquitos and ticks
SciLine, a free service for journalists offered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, hosted a briefing with CDC officials and scientists on the topic of mosquitos and ticks and what journalists need to know. This is an excellent video for gaining a background in understanding these vectors, which transmit Lyme Disease, malaria and other dangerous infections.
60 Minutes highlights the growing dangers of antibiotic resistance
In this 15-minute piece, the news program (with 11.1 million weekly viewers) looks into the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. Reporter Holly Williams talks to David Ricci, a Washington-state student who was hit by a train while studying in India and developed a bacterial infection resistant to 19 antibiotics. He recovered but lost his leg. Williams then travels to India to talk to doctors who are treating babies with antibiotic resistance and then to Harvard University where researchers demonstrate how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. Williams also examines how the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture is fueling the rise of resistance in India and China and how that is spreading to the rest of the world. See the video here (free for those with CBS All Access) and a transcript of the program here.
A path to curing HIV
Interested in understanding the history of the AIDs movement? and what the recent stories on a possible HIV “cure” were about and what it means to AIDS activists and those living with HIV? Listen to this really interesting “The Daily” 27-minute podcast between the New York Times’ Michael Barbaro and long-time AIDS activist Peter Staley, conducted on March 21. Staley, who is living with HIV, was one of the prominent AIDS activists in the early 1980s, and for him, the recent medical breakthrough, leaves him hopeful that he might live to see a cure. Listen here or here.
Climate Change and the Spread of Vector-Borne Illnesses
Science Talks: Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance
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What was the 1918 Influenza Epidemic?
Understanding HIV/AIDS for Accurate News Reporting
What to expect from the 2018-19 flu season
On Sept. 27, 2018, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gotlieb spoke at a briefing at the National Press Club to discuss expectations for the coming 2018 to 2019 flu season, as well as to urge the public to get a flu shot. The two also discussed the previous flu season, which was one of the deadliest on record, when an estimated 80,000 people died of the flu. The briefing was hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
NIAID Director Anthony Fauci speaks at the National Press Club
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was the headline speaker at the National Press Club in July 2018, where he explained the origins of the flu, why the season flu vaccine doesn’t work as well as public health officials would like and efforts to create a more effective flu vaccine. He took about 45 minutes of questions from the audience, which included more questions about the flu, and flu vaccines as well as his concern about respiratory illnesses become the next pandemic. He also talked about HIV/AIDS, the opioid crisis and the increase in infectious diseases connected to it, as well as addressed sexual harassment in science and some of the biggest challenges that medical research faces.
AIDS 2018: What happened and what's next?
Genetic Engineering to Fight Disease-Spreading Insects
Reid Wilson on the 2014 Ebola Epidemic and International Response
The Flu Outbreak: What You Need to Know
Overuse of antibiotics can make drugs less effective
The next pandemic: Are we prepared?
The exhibit “places influenza, Ebola, Zika, hantavirus, Nipah, MERS (Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome), SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) in an ecological context,” said Sabrina Sholts, curator at the department of anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History. “Human health, animal health and environmental health are one health. We show how pandemics can result from a failure to recognize and respect that connectedness.”
On Nov. 13, the Smithsonian gathered public health leaders like Anthony Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Sally Phillips, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others to talk about the 1918 Spanish flu and the potential for another flu pandemic. Watch the webcast here.
Vaccines: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
On June 25, 2017, the comedian devoted a humorous yet serious look at the promise of vaccines and the controversies as well as potentially deadly consequences that have arisen from the spread of misinformation about the risks of vaccines.
On the Front Lines of Infectious Diseases
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