Infectious Thoughts

Monday Micro – Fantastic Farts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 18, 2013

So here is a question. When you feel a fart brewing, do you let it rip or hold it in until out of the range of others?* Old fart by Chris Tucker If you are of the ‘hold it in’ persuasion, what do you do when in an enclosed space? Like on an aeroplane. Last week the New … Read More

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What Kiwis die of – Part III: Changes with age

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 15, 2013

Over the last month we have been looking at the data on the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. First we looked at what people thought they would die of, and then we looked at differences in the causes … Read More

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Monday Micro – the sore throat vaccine

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 11, 2013

It was great to hear the announcement a couple of days ago by the Prime Minister’s of New Zealand and Australia, John Key & Julia Gillard, of $3 million of joint funding to support the testing of three potential vaccine candidates for Rheumatic Fever. Rheumatic Fever is a complication of infection with the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, … Read More

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What Kiwis die of – Part II: The battle of the sexes

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 31, 2013

Two weeks ago, we asked Kiwis what they thought they would die of, and compared their responses to the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. Mike Dickison produced a beautiful infographic* of the causes that were responsible for more than 1% … Read More

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Monday Micro: wiley bacterium makes ‘stem cells’ to aid dissemination

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 21, 2013

Mycobacterium leprae was apparently the first bacterium to be identified as causing disease in humans. The year was 1873. The disease was leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. Despite popular belief, leprosy doesn’t make your arms and legs fall off. But if left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes, … Read More

Is there such a thing as tattoo removal cream, or is it a scam?

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 20, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I saw an offer on the online deal site Yazoom for a 12 month supply of tattoo removal cream (Lazer Cream) for $130. While there is the usual ‘*Results may vary’ disclaimer, the photos look pretty impressive. While I don’t actually have any tattoos, the only method for removing them I have … Read More

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