Monday miscellany

  • First, a request: I remember recently reading the first report of sexual transmission of malaria, a case where someone acquired malaria from a well-traveled partner despite never traveling to malarial areas themselves. I thought maybe it was in MMWR but have scanned that and other publications and done a few searches and cannot locate this article. It's possible this was an elaborate dream -- epidemiologists think and write about weird things, so why not dream them too? But if anyone else remembers reading this or can find the article, please let me know! [Update: see comments]
  • A new paper:  "The Mean Lifetime of Famous People from Hammurabi to Einstein." (h/t to Economic Logic)
  •  I just revisited a blog post by World Bank health economist Adam Wagstaff: "How can health systems “systematic reviews” actually become systematic?" The post and the comments are a great conversation and reveal some of the differences that are revealed when working across disciplines. Also, I think you should be reading Wagstaff's posts (at the WB Let's Talk Development blog) because he's one of the fathers of health inequity research and I ended up citing him a bunch in my (in progress) Masters thesis, especially this World Bank report (PDF) on analyzing health equity using household survey data. Also, the companion page for that report has Stata .do files for each chapter, amongst other resources.
  • Also from Wagstaff: "Shocking facts about primary health care in India, and their implications." See also Amanda Glassman's take on the same paper.
  • Tyler Cowen reviews Ben Goldacre's new book Bad Pharma (which I blogged before). And then Goldacre showed up to argue in the comments about whether his policy suggestions would increase the cost of drug R&D.
  • One of my photos of Somaliland is featured in this article on investment in the country.
  • The NYT Opinionator blog highlights GiveWell's work in "Putting Charities to the Test."
  • Finally, the blog WanderLust has an interesting summary of 9 events that shaped the humanitarian industry.