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  • Brexit will affect the UK's ability to tackle illicit drugs trade, warn experts
    on September 26, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Exclusion from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) because of Brexit will have serious consequences for public health in the UK, warn experts. […]

  • New research can identify extremists online, even before they post dangerous content
    on September 12, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    New research has found a way to identify extremists, such as those associated with the terrorist group ISIS, by monitoring their social media accounts, and can identify them even before they post threatening content. […]

  • Holding law enforcement accountable for electronic surveillance
    on August 8, 2018 at 11:54 am

    A new cryptographic system is aimed at improving government accountability for surveillance while still maintaining enough confidentiality for police to do their jobs. AUDIT involves a public ledger in which officials share information about data requests through so-called 'cryptographic commitments.' If the courts decide to release the data they requested, the public can be assured that the correct documents were released in full; if they decide not to, then that refusal itself is made known. […]

  • Research supports restrictions on opioid-containing cold medicines for children
    on May 22, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Prescription cough and cold medicines containing the opioid hydrocodone were more likely to cause serious side effects in children than those containing codeine, according to a new study. The research supports recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restrictions on prescription hydrocodone- and codeine-containing cough medicines for children and suggests that opioids in general should not be prescribed for coughs and colds in pediatric populations. […]

  • Analyzing street drugs points to potential early warning system in opioid crisis
    on February 2, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    In just two years, the powerful opioid fentanyl went from nonexistent to detected in more than 1 in 7 stamp bags analyzed by the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner. The findings suggest that real-time information about stamp bags can be used to supplement current public health surveillance measures and could serve as an early warning of new illegal drugs of high lethality available at the local level. […]

  • Using social and risk networks helps identify people undiagnosed with HIV
    on January 22, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Conducting HIV testing among the social and risk networks of those recently diagnosed with HIV helps identify undiagnosed cases of HIV at significantly higher rates and at a lower cost than other testing approaches, finds a new study conducted in Ukraine by an international research team. […]

  • Incorporating social media reviews can improve surveillance of restaurant health problems
    on January 10, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    A recent paper illustrates the success of an improved system that tracks foodborne illness via online Yelp restaurant reviews developed by the Columbia University Department of Computer Science. Since 2012 this system has been used by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to identify instances of foodborne illness in NYC restaurants. […]

  • Nuclear energy programs do not increase likelihood of proliferation, study finds
    on November 6, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Contrary to popular thought, nuclear proliferation is not more likely to occur among countries with nuclear energy programs, according to research. In a historical analysis of the relationship between nuclear energy programs and proliferation from 1954 to 2000, the study finds that the link between the two has been overstated. […]

  • For $1000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use
    on October 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    New research finds that for a budget of roughly $1000, it is possible for someone to track your location and app use by purchasing and targeting mobile ads. The team hopes to raise industry awareness about the potential privacy threat. […]

  • There is almost no research on what distinguishes potential terrorists, study finds
    on September 25, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    A recent analysis of the existing research on factors associated with an individual's risk for engaging in terrorist activity highlights how little we know about these factors and the need for additional research in this area. […]

  • Tricking the eye to defeat shoulder surfing attacks
    on August 22, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Researchers have developed the first application to combat 'shoulder-surfing' of PINS and passwords: a hybrid-image keyboard that appears one way to the close-up user and differently at a distance. The technology blends one image of a keyboard configuration with high spatial frequency and a completely different one with low spatial frequency. Experiments showed it was effective for mobile phones and when video cameras recorded PIN entry, as might happen at an ATM. […]

  • Social media: Simplifying surveillance
    on July 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    The controversial Snap Map app enables Snapchat users to track their friends. This is the latest in a series of monitoring tools to be built on social media platforms. A new study assesses the benefits and risks associated with their use. […]

  • Decline in financing could undermine malaria efforts
    on July 14, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Global malaria elimination funding is declining at a time when it remains crucial to eliminating the disease worldwide, according to a study. […]

  • Smarter control for border patrol
    on July 7, 2017 at 11:05 am

    As the United States expands surveillance technologies on it southern border with Mexico, operating them effectively grows more challenging. Systems and industrial engineers are building a framework for border surveillance that uses artificial intelligence, based on realistic computer simulations, to integrate data from different sources and respond in real time. […]

  • Gaps remain in surveillance for mosquitoes that transmit Zika, new CDC data shows
    on June 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    As concerns over Zika virus have grown since 2015, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has turned to local public health professionals to compile data on distribution of the two primary mosquito species capable of transmitting the virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Their findings highlight both the potential widespread presence of the mosquitoes as well as gaps in local surveillance capabilities crucial to understanding the threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. […]

  • Predicting influenza outbreaks faster with a digitally-empowered wearable device
    on May 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Through integration with a wearable thermometer, the Thermia online health educational tool has enabled prediction of seasonal influenza outbreaks in China one month earlier than before, according to a new study. […]

  • Unforeseen impacts of the fair trade movement
    on March 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Fair trade certified coffee is the kind of phrase that sounds good on a Whole Foods shelf, merging first world affluence with third world resource. For the average consumer, it implies fairness in labor and wealth, the idea that small producers profit directly from what they produce. […]

  • Door and window locks are less carbon-costly and more effective than burglar alarms and CCTV, a new...
    on March 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    A new study, which estimates the carbon footprint of burglary prevention measures, has found that the best options from both an environmental and security point of view are door and window locks. This is because they are not only more effective at preventing crime, but also more environmentally friendly, having a much lower carbon footprint than other measures, such as burglar alarms or CCTV. […]

  • How behavioral science can help tackle problem of idling engines
    on February 10, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    New research suggests that insights from behavioral science can help inform the design of road signs to bring about changes in driver behavior. […]

  • Malaria control efforts can benefit from forecasting using satellites
    on February 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Links between patterns of malaria in Kenya and environmental factors (temperature, rainfall and land cover) are measurable by satellite imagery, says a researcher. In his doctoral dissertation, the researcher shows that conducive environmental conditions occur before increases in hospital admissions and mortality due to malaria, indicating that the satellite information is useful for the development of disease forecasting models and early warning systems. […]

  • Study uses social media, internet to forecast disease outbreaks
    on January 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    When epidemiological data are scarce, social media and Internet reports can be reliable tools for forecasting infectious disease outbreaks, according to a study. […]

  • 1 in 7 people living with HIV in the EU/EEA are not aware of their HIV status
    on November 29, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    With 29,747 newly reported HIV infections in 2015, the EU/EEA notification rate is similar to recent years with an overall insignificant change from 6.6 per 100 000 population in 2006 to 6.3 in 2015 (adjusted for reporting delay). […]

  • Into the gray zone: New report analyzes potential of active defense as a response to sophisticated...
    on October 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    A new report offers the most comprehensive assessment to date of the legal, policy and technological contexts that surround private sector cybersecurity and active defense measures to improve U.S. responses to evolving threats. […]

  • Massive cyberattack poses policy dilemma
    on October 26, 2016 at 1:54 am

    The coordinated cyber attack that crippled parts of the internet on Friday highlighted key policy problems, a cybersecurity scholar said. […]

  • Just give me some privacy
    on October 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Not everyone who strives to navigate the internet without being tracked is up to no good. This is the underlying premise of a qualitative study led by researchers who gathered the stories of people working on collaborative projects online -- like editing Wikipedia -- and are concerned about their privacy and taking steps to protect it. […]

  • US rules for targeted killing using drones need clarifying, RAND report asserts
    on September 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Current US policies on using drones for targeted killing are characterized by ambiguities in interpretations of international law and too many generalities, despite recent efforts by the Obama administration to clarify the policies, a new RAND Corporation report finds. […]

  • Cancer in context: 37 years of painstakingly collected data
    on August 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    A new report includes every cancer diagnosis in the Los Angeles region over the past 37 years -- more than 1.3 million. With easy-to-read charts, the book divides L.A.'s population into 11 ethnic and racial groups to highlight the fact that cancer risk is a result of genetics, environment and behavior. The report card provides evidence of how environmental and lifestyle choices can alter one's cancer risk. […]

  • Researchers show phone calls can forecast dengue fever outbreaks
    on July 8, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    A team of scientists has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever by simply analyzing the calling behavior of citizens to a public-health hotline. This telephone-based disease surveillance system can forecast two to three weeks ahead of time, and with intra-city granularity, the outbreak of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus that infects up to 400,000 people each year. […]

  • New tool to measure homeland security risks in US
    on June 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Researchers have validated a new risk assessment tool that can be used by the Department of Homeland Security to help evaluate decisions and priorities in natural disasters, terrorist events, and major accidents. […]

  • FBI approach to investigations puts security at risk, experts say
    on June 16, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Experts say the FBI's efforts to compel Apple to write software to unlock an iPhone used by a terrorist reflects an outdated approach to law enforcement that threatens to weaken smartphones security, putting the private information of millions of people at risk and undermining the growing use of smartphones as trusted authenticators for accessing online information. […]