Tonight’s show is inspired by a friend’s status update on Facebook. My friend is holidaying on a resort in a country which doesn’t regulate drugs in the same way as we do in Australia, the United States, Canada and the UK, you know the like-minded nations.
My friend mentioned she had a sore throat and was able to buy antibiotics over the counter without a prescription.
I asked what she bought and she replied amoxycillin (Amoxil™).
This raised a few concerns... Read More
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- Acinetobacter easily develop resistance, including to carbapenems, which are some of the most powerful β-lactam agents, hence CRABs or Carbapenem Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (the most commonly isolated species)
- What’s the terrorist connection?
- 12 October 2002 (error at 5 minutes 37 seconds)
- Check the YouTube video for written words I could not say!!!
- 202 humans died plus 2 suicide bombers with 209 injured
- Because of the burns, victims were dousing themselves in any water they could find, much of it was contaminated with CRABs
- I’d like you to actually watch the video because there are some things in it I feel comfortable writing as a 3D caption rather than saying or writing here, especially my attitude to terrorists.
The focus of the review was on prevention and treatment of trichomoniasis. It took me back to my time in the Northern Territory of Australia. My friend and colleague, Professor Frank Bowden had already enabled me to introduce PCR for the detection of gonococci and chlamydia trachomatis in clinical specimens like first void urine and swabs from genitalia. At the time, there were no commercially manufactured PCR-based in vitro diagnostic devices for Trichomonas vaginalis. However, Frank was good friends with Professor Suzanne Garland who was working on a multiplex PCR IVD which would detect gonococci, Chlamydia trachomatis and Trichomonas vaginalis. The problem was that a swab specimen wasn’t big enough, so tampons were used. This approach was not welcomed by the medical laboratory scientists I worked with because they had to spend a lot of time squeezing vaginal juices containing pathogenic microorganisms from used tampons. Read More
What’s the difference between seasonal influenza and pandemic influenza?
Each season small genetic changes occur in the main circulating influenza viruses
When this happens, there is sufficient antigenic difference that our immunological memory won’t provide full protection but only some cross protection.
The changes in the antigens are usually only small, they drift a bit, hence antigenic drift.
The changes accumulate so then the difference is big enough a person who has been infected previously may get infected again and develop influenza the disease Read More
Tonight, I’m going to do my best to use medical language rather than colloquial phrases and terms. That said, some may creep in. The number 69, has a significant place in modern popular culture. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about and if you’re conservatively minded, you may not want to listen further. If you have children listening who haven’t had their home and school sexual education sessions yet, you may want them to listen in if they’re not familiar with oral sex and human health. Read More