The CBRA is a knowledge center for burden of disease and risk assessment methodology. It applies these methods to study the health and economic impact of public and animal health threats.


The performances of existing tools for the diagnosis of porcine cysticercosis need further assessment, and their shortcomings call for alternatives. In a new study published in Parasites & Vectors, we evaluated the performance of tongue palpation and circulating antigen detection for the detection of porcine cysticercosis in naturally infected pigs of slaughter age compared to full carcass dissections; additionally, we investigated alternative postmortem dissection procedures.

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Despite growing evidence for food-based dietary patterns' potential to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, knowledge about the amounts of food associated with the greatest change in risk of specific cardiovascular outcomes and about the quality of meta-evidence is limited. In a new study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, we performed a meta-analysis to synthesize the knowledge about the relation between intake of 12 major food groups and the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure.

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