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In 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General’s office released a report declaring America’s high prevalence of dental disease a "silent epidemic." The report aimed to raise awareness that oral health is an integral part of overall well-being.
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Alison Galvani is an associate professor of epidemiology and ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University. She was a post-doctoral research fellow in the department of integrative biology at UC Berkeley. An expert on severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, Galvani believes the rapid spread of SARS indicates the potential for an epidemic reminiscent of the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918. "Though SARS has a low mortality rate, it seems to have a high rate of secondary infections, which is what really determines how damaging a pathogen will be," she has said.

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Obesity is visible — walk down the street and you bump into it. Diabetes, on the other hand, is silent and tragic. Here are tips for reporting on the links between them.



The nation's top infectious disease specialist will join us for a conversation with national health reporter Dan Diamond of The Washington Post. We’ll talk about the evolving threat posed by monkeypox, the current state of the COVID pandemic, and broader lessons on how we respond to emerging diseases. Sign-up here!


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