Infectious Thoughts

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

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 24, 2014

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 “the news behind … Read More

Monday Micro – glowing bugs return to the park!

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 10, 2014

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 … Read More

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Naturopathy vs Science

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 03, 2014

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 … Read More

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Ebola in USA no reason for panic

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 01, 2014

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 sought medical help … Read More

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Monday Micro: glowing dog bones in Taranaki!

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 29, 2014

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 is … Read More

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The threats of antibiotic resistant superbugs to New Zealand

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 26, 2014

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 the antibiotic resistant superbugs that … Read More

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Fighting antibiotic resistance: from Obama to TV3!

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 25, 2014

“Ascomycetes“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons. Last week President Obama signed an Executive Order aimed at combating antibiotic resistant superbugs. The order establishes a task force and a Presidential Advisory Committee which will look at how the US can implement a national strategy to … Read More

Monday Micro II – lockdowns, manslaughter and murder

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 22, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa continues. According to the CDC’s website, as of the 14th September the number of reported cases was up to 5,347 including 2,630 deaths. The virus is now in five countries. Here’s the latest: Guinea (942 cases/601 deaths) A team of health care workers, journalists and local officials have been reported … Read More

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