Tagged: toxin

The recent ‘period in a bag’ study: what it can and can’t tell us about menstrual cups and toxic shock - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 29, 2018

Recently, a lab-based study was published about menstrual cups, tampons, and toxic shock syndrome. In this post, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles reflects on what the study can and can’t tell us about menstrual cups and toxic shock. If you need reminding, toxic shock syndrome is a very rare complication of a bacterial infection that can quickly result in organ failure … Read More

Menstrual cups and toxic shock revisited - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 29, 2018

Last week a new lab-based study came out, about menstrual cups, tampons, and toxic shock syndrome (1). In this post, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles reflects on the various responses she’s had to her blog about the study.  If you need reminding, toxic shock syndrome is one of the bogey-men every menstruating teen is warned about – a very rare complication … Read More

Menstrual cups and toxic shock: no need for panic but rinsing is not enough! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 25, 2018

A new study shows that menstrual cups and cotton tampons may not be as safe as people are being led to believe.   Diva, Fleur, JuJu, Kiko, Lunette, Me Luna, Mooncup, My Cup, Sckoon, Tāti, Wā, Yuuki. All cutesy names for the same thing: the menstrual cup – a ‘cup’ people insert into their vagina to collect blood during their … Read More

Animal venoms don’t just cause pain, they may soon be a cure for it too - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 16, 2018

Richard Lewis, The University of Queensland This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Bites or stings from venomous animals or insects can be dangerous; they lead to numerous fatalities globally each year despite the development of antivenoms that can neutralise many of their worst effects. But research into their molecular components … Read More

Promising male birth control pill has its origin in an arrow poison - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 31, 2018

Gunda Georg, University of Minnesota; Jon Hawkinson, University of Minnesota, and Shameem Syeda, University of Minnesota This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. After decades of research, development of a male birth control may now be one step closer. My colleagues and I are working on a … Read More

Monday Micro – A bacterial link to Multiple Sclerosis? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 21, 2013

Today marks the start of International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, aimed at encouraging wider participation in Open Access – that is, making the results of research freely & immediately available online, and giving others the right to use and re-use those results as needed. There were a number … Read More

Details of new botulinum toxin censored to stop ‘misuse’ - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 15, 2013

Clostridium botulinum,* the bacterium that turned out not to be contaminating a heap of New Zealand made infant formula a few months ago, is at the centre of a new scare. This time it’s the discovery of a strain of the bacterium for which there is no treatment. C. botulinum produces neurotoxins that prevent acetylcholine from being released from the … Read More

Fonterra saga rumbles on – and just how common is C. sporogenes in cans of baby formula? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 09, 2013

The Fonterra ‘not botulism’ story continues to rumble on with Crown Research Institute AgResearch releasing a statement saying they didn’t confirm botulism in the Fonterra samples they ran through the mouse bioassay, merely flagged the need for further testing. Then came the revelation that it was the death of one mouse out of five … Read More

Could the Fonterra botulism scare be down to herbicide use and GM crops? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 15, 2013

According to an article in the Stuff, Matamata veterinarian Frank Rowson says the contamination of Fonterra’s whey powder with the toxin-producing bacterium Clostridium botulinum is linked to contamination of the food chain by glyphosate weed killers. Glyphosate is better known as the Monsanto product Round Up, to which the company developed genetically resistant crops … Read More

Fonterra botulism scare – some useful links - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 06, 2013

As the Fonterra botulism story continues to rage in the media, here are a few links that people might find useful. Fonterra Managing Director Gary Romano talking on Radio NZ Morning Report this morning – he confirms its the bacterium they have identified in the whey powder, not the toxin. Microbiologists Prof John Brook and … Read More

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