By John M. Last
Dictionary making by no means ends simply because languages are continually altering. popular through the global, this publication will proceed to function the traditional English-language dictionary of epidemiology in its Fourth version. It covers the entire universal phrases utilized in epidemiology and plenty of from similar fields comparable to biostatistics, infectious sickness keep an eye on, future health promoting, genetics, scientific epidemiology, wellbeing and fitness economics, and scientific ethics. The definitions are transparent and concise, yet there's area for a few short essays and discussions of the provenance of vital phrases. backed by way of the foreign Epidemiological organization, the dictionary represents the consensus of epidemiologists in lots of diverse nations. the entire definitions have been reviewed many times by way of a world community of participants from each significant department of epidemiology. they're authoritative with out being authoritarian. The Fourth version includes good over one hundred fifty new entries and colossal revisions of concerning the similar variety of definitions, plus a dozen new illustrations. a number of the new phrases relate to equipment utilized in environmental and scientific epidemiology.
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Sufficient evidence. A positive causal relationship has been established between exposure and occurrence of cancer. 2. Limited evidence. A positive association has been observed between exposure to the agent and cancer, for which a causal interpretation is credible, but chance, bias, or confounding cannot be ruled out. 3. Inadequate evidence. Available studies are of insufficient quality, consistency, or statistical power to permit a conclusion regarding the presence or absence of a causal relationship.
BLOT, WESTERN, NORTHERN, SOUTHERN Varieties of tests using electrophoresis, nucleic acid base pairing, and/or protein antibody interaction to detect and identify DNA or RNA samples. The Southern blot, named for its discoverer, E. Southern, is used to identify a specific segment of DNA in a sample. Molecular biologists named variations of the test for the points of the compass. The Northern blot detects and identifies samples of RNA. The Western blot is widely used in a test for HIV infection. BODY BURDEN Total amount of a substance present in the body.
Nothing is stated or inferred about the method; discussion and conclusions relate solely to the empirical relationships observed. , the amount of the drug eliminated in a given period, or an observed effect, without making detailed assumptions about the mechanisms that have contributed to the transformation of input to output within the organism (the "black box"). BLIND(ED) STUDY (Syn: masked study) A study in which observer(s) and/or subjects are kept ignorant of the group to which the subjects are assigned, as in an experiment, or of the population from which the subjects come, as in a nonexperimental study.
A Dictionary of Epidemiology, 4th edition by John M. Last