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Tales from the Ivory Tower: when ‘Publish or Perish’ becomes ‘Publish & Perish’ Siouxsie Wiles Nov 30

For many scientists, it isn’t ‘Publish or Perish’ but ‘Get Funded or Perish’, a pressure which can have devastating consequences.

Skeptical Thoughts – acupuncture, Dr Oz & ‘aboriginal’ medicine Siouxsie Wiles Nov 26

I now have a regular radio slot, called Skeptical Thoughts, with Graeme Hill on his RadioLive Weekend Variety Wireless show. Here are links to a few of my recent editions: Here, I do my bit for Acupuncture Awareness Week (revealing my own sordid history with acupuncture), talked about Dr Oz’s bad week on Twitter and [...]

Monday Micro: Ebola update and NZ preparedness Siouxsie Wiles Nov 24

With Ebola now moving into Mali, I thought it was time for a quick update and some links. According to the CDC and WHO, as of the 16th November 2014 there have been an estimated 15145 cases, including 5420 deaths. Since the end of October there have been 6 cases in neighbouring Mali; all cases [...]

Is Starbucks the USA’s “ground zero” for Ebola? Um, no. Siouxsie Wiles Nov 24

With the abundance of very serious news stories about the ongoing Ebola outbreak in west Africa, time for a little light relief in the form of “Dr”* James David Manning. “Dr” Manning is pastor of the ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in New York. He also presents ‘The Manning Report’ on YouTube which bills itself as [...]

Monday Micro – glowing bugs return to the park! Siouxsie Wiles Nov 10

This Thursday, bioluminescent bacteria will once again be making an appearance at Auckland’s Art in the Dark festival. ‘Biolumination‘ is the result of my second collaboration with artist Rebecca Klee. This year sees our glowing bacteria being displayed in custom-built glass vessels which remind me a lot of the fishing lines our native glow worm [...]

Naturopathy vs Science Siouxsie Wiles Nov 03

Today Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper ran a piece of (in my opinion..) misleading propaganda they passed of as a cartoon which can be summed up as naturopathy vs science. I assume it is in response to the bad press that homeopathy received last week after Green Party MP Steffan Browning signed a petition calling for [...]

Monday Micro – frozen poop pills! Siouxsie Wiles Oct 13

It’s still Monday so time for a very quick post about a paper just out in the Journal of the American Medical Association. I’ve blogged before about faecal transplants – giving a patient a dose of faeces from a healthy donor to resolve infection with the diarrhoea-causing bacteria Clostridium difficile. One of the problems with [...]

Ebola in USA no reason for panic Siouxsie Wiles Oct 01

In a press conference earlier today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that the US has diagnosed its first case of Ebola, in a man who travelled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, on the 20th of September. The man was asymptomatic while in transit and only developed symptoms around the 24th of September. He [...]

Monday Micro: glowing dog bones in Taranaki! Siouxsie Wiles Sep 29

From the Taranaki Daily News comes a story that is right up my street. Fiona Wallis gave her dog a bone and found it to be giving off an eerie blue light. What could it be? It’s most likely to be coming from bacteria so the questions people are likely to be asking are: what [...]

The threats of antibiotic resistant superbugs to New Zealand Siouxsie Wiles Sep 26

In this week’s New Zealand Medical Journal is a paper by Deborah Williamson and Helen Heffernan on antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand (1). This comes hot on the heels of the WHO report which gave a global picture of antibiotic resistance (2), and highlights what the big challenges are for New Zealand. So what are [...]

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