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Dr. Michael S. Silverman

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Dalla Lana School of Public Health
155 College Street Health Science Building, 6Th Floor
Toronto , Ontario M5T 3M7

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    Professor University of Toronto
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Interdisciplinary Faculty Profiles | Dalla Lana School of Public Health, 24 Mar 2015 [cached]
Michael Silverman Clinical Public Health Assistant Professor
Speaker Bios - Lakeridge Health, 20 May 2014 [cached]
Dr. Michael Silverman
Dr. Michael Silverman Dr. Michael S. Silverman is an Infectious Disease specialist at Lakeridge Health and Rouge Valley Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto's Department of Medicine and at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Silverman has been named a Global Scholar by the PAS Center for International Health, Mount Sinai Hospital.
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IMAGE: This photo shows University of Toronto professor Michael Silverman with school boys in Africa. Click here for more information.
TORONTO, ON - The rise of tuberculosis (TB) in Zimbabwe during the socio-economic crisis of 2008-9 has been linked to widespread food shortage, according to a new study led by Canadian researchers from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health published in PLOS ONE.
"This was the first study to detect the recent TB outbreak in Zimbabwe, and the first anywhere to suggest an association between rising TB incidence and national economic decline in the absence of armed conflict," said Michael Silverman, assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and senior author of the study. Although the same phenomenon may occur with other infectious diseases, the study focused on TB - one of the largest causes of morbidity and mortality in Zimbabwe, especially among people living with HIV.
"Zimbabwe may have been predisposed to this TB outbreak due to the presence of a large HIV-positive population who were particularly vulnerable to the effects of food shortages which led to malnutrition and further damage to already weakened immune systems," said Silverman.
Many developing countries have large HIV positive populations and thus socioeconomic instability could lead to a similar problem elsewhere. "This finding emphasizes the importance of adequate food availability in controlling TB incidence, particularly in areas with high HIV prevalence," said Silverman.
The study also demonstrated that TB incidence appears to be seasonal, with a larger number of cases when food is scarce in the dry season and lower numbers of cases post-harvest when food is more plentiful. Research data also suggests that TB incidence fell back to pre-crisis levels when the economy of the country and food security improved after 2009.
"Political instability can lead to economic instability, and this can lead to a health crisis with the most vulnerable people in society the most likely to be harmed," said Silverman.
Michael Silverman MD, FRCP Assistant Professor University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Tel:
Dr. Michael S. Silverman, an ..., 11 Mar 2013 [cached]
Dr. Michael S. Silverman, an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Toronto, reported in the journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology on seven cases in which do-it-yourselfers achieved "100 percent clinical success. Articles, 18 Jan 2008 [cached]
Michael Silverman, a clinician at the University of Toronto, noticed that some of the Akwio children had open sores on their arms and legs.
To Silverman, it seemed like a combination of two diseases, syphilis and yaws. The former, caused by bacteria known as Treponema pallidum pallidum, produces open sores. But it is spread through sexual contact and forms sores around the genitals. Another strain, T. p. pertenue, causes yaws, which is spread by skin contact rather than sex and produces sores on the limbs. But the Guyana disease was not quite like yaws either. That disease causes raspberrylike eruptions, not the open sores the doctors saw. "I thought, 'This is bizarre,' " says Silverman.
The following year, Silverman and his colleagues proved that the disease was caused by a form of Treponema, which infected about 5% of the children in the tribe. They began treating them with penicillin. Just before boarding a flight for his 2005 mission, Silverman got a call from Kristin Harper, a graduate student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
To get the DNA samples, Silverman dipped swabs into sores, preserved them in alcohol, and sent them to Harper, who extracted fragments of Treponema DNA.
Months later, Silverman got a call from Harper.
"You bring in the Europeans who only touch skin when they have sex, and it takes off as a venereal disease," Silverman says.
One reason the data are so sparse is the challenging work conditions in the jungles of Guyana, where Silverman preserved samples in unrefrigerated alcohol--far from the ideal way to keep DNA from degrading.
But that may not be possible, as Silverman and his colleagues have not been able to get any more DNA from the Guyanese strain. On subsequent missions, they failed to find anyone infected with it. It appears that they have eradicated the disease. "We're still looking for one more case," says Silverman.
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