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Filgen distributes GIDEON in Japan

Filgen logoWe are pleased to announce that Filgen (フィルジェン株式会社) will be selling GIDEON in Japan.

Filgen, Inc. was founded in 2004 at Nagoya, Japan.
Filgen is a leading company of life science in Japan and offers various and cutting-edge analysis services by utilizing many technologies such as microarray, mass spectrometer, and next generation sequencing. The company also provides many biological reagents, instruments, and bioinformatics software. In addition, the company manufactures and provides machines for the nano-scientific field.

More information from Filgen about GIDEON

GIDEON AND O’Reilly Media announce partnership to distribute 411 Infectious Disease Ebooks

— Features up-to-date information on 347 infectious diseases and 200 countries —
— Available for Kindle, iPad, mobile devices and computers in PDF, mobi and ePub formats —

LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 1, 2010 – GIDEON Informatics Inc ( today announced a partnership with O’Reilly Media, Inc. to distribute a new series of 411 GIDEON ebooks on infectious diseases ($49 each) that can be read on Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, mobile devices and personal computers. The GIDEON ebook series makes it easier for medical professionals to stay up to date on developments in the field of Infectious Diseases and provides the first comprehensive compilation of disease data for every country in the world.

The new GIDEON ebook collection features one series of ebooks dedicated to infectious disease data by country, and another series that details the “global status” of each disease. The GIDEON ebook series encompasses over 95,000 pages of text, supplemented by 30,000 graphs and 200,000 clickable linked references.

“Keeping up with new information on infectious diseases is a significant challenge for medical professionals, and these new ebooks now make all of the world’s data more accessible,” said Dr. Stephen Berger, Chief Medical Officer of GIDEON. “The ebooks in this series retail at $49 each, making them affordable and ideal for medical professionals, public health departments, students, educators, researchers and pharmaceutical companies.”

The country series of GIDEON ebooks includes a complete and comprehensive review of the status of every infectious disease – for each of 200 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The “global status” GIDEON ebook series summarizes the clinical features and epidemiology of every individual disease, with an entire book dedicated to each condition – from Acanthocephalan worms to Yersiniosis. The GIDEON ebook series even includes entire ebooks for lesser-studied countries, such as Andorra, Djibouti and Kiribati; and diseases such as Acanthocephalan worms, Coltiviruses, Dicrocoeliasis and Australo-Pacific Arboviruses.

Additional titles in the GIDEON ebook series include: Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism and Infectious Diseases of the World. GIDEON Online also offers a free ebook on Infectious Diseases of Haiti (314 pages, 36 graphs), which has already been downloaded over 10,000 times. It is available for free download or on for $1, for the US: Kindle version.

In addition to all diseases which are endemic to a given country, each book includes all published data regarding imported diseases and infection among expatriates. The entire series will be updated annually.

“We are excited to distribute the GIDEON series of ebooks through O’Reilly’s new Digital Distribution Services,” said Pascal Honscher, General Manager Digital Distribution of O’Reilly Media, Inc. “These quality infectious disease titles from GIDEON will now be easily available through a large number of resellers.”

O’Reilly Media’s Digital Distribution Service provides ebooks in multiple formats to leading online book retailers and channels, including: Amazon, Apple iTunes, Book Glutton, eBookPie, Barnes & Noble, PaperC, Dawson, Scribd, Follet, Diesel eBooks, Entourage eDGe, Kobo, Examville, Immateriel, Woodslane, Bookshare and Android market. The GIDEON ebook series is available through these channels and directly on the GIDEON Online website at

“We are thrilled to partner with O’Reilly Media, a market leader in ebooks digital distribution with an extensive distribution network,” said Uri Blackman, CEO of GIDEON Informatics, Inc. “This new ebooks series on infectious diseases makes this vital information easily available in a variety of formats.”

The data in these ebooks are based on the GIDEON Online database (, which incorporates all relevant information from text books, peer-review journals, Health Ministry reports and ProMed, supplemented by an ongoing electronic search of the medical literature. GIDEON’s ebooks complement its web application by expanding easy access to GIDEON’s vast content without a subscription or internet access.

About GIDEON Informatics
GIDEON Informatics Inc develops and markets point-of-care medical-decision support applications that help reduce diagnostic errors. Founded in 1992 by Uri Blackman and Stephen Berger, MD, one of the foremost experts on Infectious Disease, GIDEON Informatics is managed by an expert executive team and medical advisory board. Its comprehensive, easy-to-use, interactive Web-based infectious disease knowledge management tool helps medical personnel worldwide diagnose and treat infectious diseases, and identify microorganisms, including bioterrorism agents. GIDEON is in use by hundreds of medical institutions, universities and public health departments worldwide including Children’s Hospital Oakland, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Yale University, Hong Kong University and the Los Angeles county health department. For additional information on GIDEON Informatics, visit or call 888-664-3366.

About O’Reilly
O’Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O’Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying “faint signals” from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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Lisa Hendrickson
LCH Communications for GIDEON Online

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GIDEON review in Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease

Dr. Stephen Toovey wrote a nice review of GIDEON in the Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease journal. He says “…there is no doubt that travel medicine practitioners, infectious disease physicians and microbiologists in need of a serious database will have to consider Gideon”

Common Travel Illnesses

forbes-traveler-logoFollowing up on The Ten Worst Travel-Related Diseases post, Terry Ward at Forbes Travel interviewed Dr. Steve Berger for her article, 8 most common travel illnesses. Steve spoke about diarrhea:

“It’s very hard to avoid. About 40 percent of people will get diarrhea when traveling in an undeveloped country, which covers most of the world,” says Dr. Stephen Berger, founder and medical advisor for GIDEON, an online infectious diseases database. Exposure to different strains of the E. coli bacteria, present in all of our bodies, says Berger, is what usually causes diarrhea in travelers, and it can happen in any country.

… referenced chikungunya:

“And with the chikungunya outbreak in Italy in 2007, that’s not tropical any more either,” says Dr. Berger, referring to another mosquito-borne illness that manifests with terrible joint pain, muscle pain, a fever, and often a rash. An outbreak in Ravenna, Italy, in 2007 showed the disease was spreading beyond the tropical realm. “The mosquitoes that cause these things turn out to be mosquitoes that also invade non-tropical areas,” says Berger, “Chikungunya is extremely common in the Indian Ocean region, and it’s becoming more and more common to see it in travelers in the U.S. and Europe, too.”

and more.

Read both the article and the slide show.

46 Cases of Swine Flu (H1N1) Reported in 2008; 50 Cases In Humans Reported From 1958 to 2005, According to GIDEON Informatics

Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) May 5, 2009 — The first recorded outbreak of influenza occurred in 1580, according to GIDEON (, the online infectious disease database used by medical professionals worldwide. As of 2003, an additional 31 pandemics had been documented, including 21 million deaths estimated from an H1N1 pandemic during 1918 to 1919. From 1958 to 2005, 50 cases of swine influenza virus infection (mostly H1N1) were reported in humans (

GIDEON reports that up until 2006, a total of 46 cases of human infection by swine influenza (more…)

Tainted Pistachios and Infectious Diseases from nuts


Today, in the Sacramento Bee, an article about tainted pistachios quoted GIDEON and added a graph:


Reported cases of salmonella in the United States rose in the late 1980s and early 1990s but have gone down since, according to Gideon Informatics Inc., a firm that tracks infectious disease trends. Lately salmonella cases have been holding steady at around 15 to 16 per 100,000 Americans annually, the company’s data shows.

Outbreaks of infectious diseases from nuts are rare. GIDEON, a database which follows the status of all infectious diseases in all countries, has recorded sixteen such episodes. GIDEON currently contains details concerning 777 outbreaks of salmonellosis – of which nuts were implicated in only 1.2%.

Food-related outbreaks associated with nuts, in chronological order:

  • 1986 – An outbreak (9 cases, 2 fatal) of botulism in Taiwan was caused by contaminated commercially preserved peanuts.
  • 1991 – An outbreak (4 cases) of cholera in Maryland was associated with commercial frozen fresh coconut milk imported from Thailand.
  • 1992 – An outbreak of shigellosis in Thailand was associated with consumption of a coconut milk dessert.
  • (more…)

Global Health Organizations Turn to GIDEON Online for Improved Treatment, Diagnosis and Comprehensive Information on Infectious Diseases

U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Kuwait Medical Association, Sarawak Medical and Maine Medical Center Are Among the Many Global Health Organizations that Selected GIDEON Online in 2008.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2009 — GIDEON ( today announced that it has added more than 20 global health organizations to its roster of clients in 2008, including the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Kuwait Medical Association, University of Malaysia Sarawak Medical Faculty, and Maine Medical Center. From public health organizations to hospitals to universities, GIDEON helps medical professionals worldwide improve the diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease by providing comprehensive and accurate information.


Avian Flu Cases in Humans Worldwide Decreased By 55 Percent From 2007 TO 2008 According to GIDEON Online

Despite the recent fatal case of avian flu in Beijing, overall avian flu cases in humans worldwide have decreased 55%, from 88 to 40, from 2007 to 2008, according to GIDEON Online (, the largest online database of infectious disease information for medical professionals. Human deaths from avian flu worldwide declined from 59 to 30 (49%), from 2007 to 2008.


Interview with GIDEON’s CEO

Steve Stallman recently interviewed Uri Blackman, GIDEON’s CEO, in SCribe magazine, which was mentioned in the Technology Council of Southern California blog. The interview provides some background on the company and the benefit of GIDEON to its users:

What is the main value proposition you offer?
Originally, we focused on compiling the entire world’s data for Infectious Diseases in one easy to use location combined with medical decision support. Now we have taken this to the next level by adding other medical domains on our platform. We help identify the diseases, their global footprints, and provide specific information on treatments. Medical professionals now have one clear source to get the most up to date information, which can change by the minute. This often makes them aware of things they never thought of and helps them make the best decision possible.

More Than One Million Cases of Foodborne Salmonella, Resulting in 550 Deaths, Reported Each Year

LOS ANGELES, CA–(June 12, 2008) – More than one million cases of foodborne salmonella are reported each year, accounting for 9.7 percent of all foodborne illnesses and 30.6 percent of all food-related deaths, according to GIDEON Online, an online database of infectious disease information for medical professionals.

Specifically, foodborne salmonella resulted in 15,600 hospitalizations and 550 deaths, over the last year.

For more information on salmonella, Dr. Stephen Berger, MD, infectious disease expert, is available for interviews. Dr. Berger, cofounder and Medical Advisor for GIDEON, has published more than 180 articles and books, including “Introduction to Infectious Diseases” and “The Healthy Tourist.” He is currently affiliated with the Tel Aviv Medical Center as Director of both Geographic Medicine and of Clinical Microbiology.

For more media information, contact:
Lisa Hendrickson
LCH Communications