Tagged: tuberculosis

TB or not TB: origin and antiquity of tuberculosis in New Zealand - From Past to Present

Michael Knapp Oct 25, 2018

Recently, our team at the University of Otago embarked on a quest to identify how and when Tuberculosis (TB) reached New Zealand, by looking for the genetic signature of Tuberculosis bacteria in ancient human and animal remains from across the country. Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease which has been called a “global health emergency” by the World Health Organization, killing … Read More

My dyslexic perspective on academia – and how I found science communication - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 26, 2018

Grainne Cleary, Deakin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. I am an academic with dyslexia and I would like to share my story with you. Dyslexia in academia is a conundrum – it is basically a learning difficulty, and coping with dyslexia is a very personal journey. It is … Read More

Investigation raises concerns over animals trials - News

Jean Balchin Jan 12, 2018

An investigation conducted by THE BMJ has revealed significant concern about how researchers misrepresents the results of animal studies to obtain funding and approval for human trials to test a new tuberculosis vaccine. Tuberculosis Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. According to Mayo Clinic, … Read More

When do we stop vaccinating against an infectious disease? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 13, 2017

By Rebecca Chisholm, University of Melbourne and Nicholas Geard, University of Melbourne Australia was declared measles-free in 2014. However, the recent importation of a case of measles into Australia from Indonesia illustrates the threat this disease still poses to Australians. It also underscores the importance of maintaining high vaccination rates against rare diseases to … Read More

A 100 years ago: The worst year of the First World War for New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 01, 2017

Professor Nick Wilson, University of Otago; Professor Glyn Harper, Massey University The year 1917 was the worst year of the First World War for New Zealand from a premature mortality perspective, with 5547 deaths. We have just presented on this topic at a Symposium at Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa) and in this blog we summarise … Read More

The threats of antibiotic resistant superbugs to New Zealand - Infectious Thoughts

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

Monday Micro – First documented cases of cat to human transmission of TB - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 31, 2014

A paper just published in the Veterinary Journal documents the first cases of transmission of Mycobacterium bovis* (the bacterium responsible for TB in cattle and many other species) to humans (1). Before anyone get’s into a panic, it was a year ago. Alas, the article is behind a paywall, but according to the free abstract a vet practice … Read More

Monday Micro – World TB Day - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 25, 2013

Yesterday, the 24th of March, was World TB Day which aims to build awareness for tuberculosis, a lung disease which kills about 2 million people around the world each year. That’s 3 people a minute. Why the 24th March? This was the day, in 1882, that Dr Robert Koch* announced he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, … Read More

The Innovate TB contest - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 14, 2012

The Stop TB Partnership and Working Group on New TB Drugs are currently running the Innovate TB Contest where people where asked to submit their videos showing how innovations are revolutionising tuberculosis (TB) prevention, treatment and advocacy. Submissions are now closed and the public have just a couple of days left to vote. The three videos with the … Read More

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