Tag Archives: Medicine

An equal and opposite reaction

Seems like a great idea – the widespread use of insecticide coate bednets to cut the spread of malaria by mosquitoes (mostly active at night). Unfortunately nature is rarely that simple. Widespread use has driven mosquitoes to evolve resistance to … Continue reading

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Drug resistance in hookworms

More than 2 billion people around the world are infected with intestinal helminths, parasitic worms that can cause disease, complicate pregnancies, and stunt the growth of children. A number of drugs are currently used to treat hookworms, one of the … Continue reading

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As I look back

Having been involved in microbiology for so long it’s sometimes difficult to see the progress we are making. When I started out as a microbiologist in the 1970s the impact of molecular biology on microbiology was overwhelming, even if it took … Continue reading

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Dengue vaccine reduces disease burden where dengue infections are common

The first available dengue vaccine, CYD-TDV (Dengvaxia), is estimated to reduce the burden of dengue and be potentially cost effective in settings where infections with dengue are common.   The Long-Term Safety, Public Health Impact, and Cost- Effectiveness of Routine … Continue reading

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Would you like Salmonella with your salad?

New research from my colleagues at the University of Leicester shows that “salad juice” from damaged leaved in bagged salads can stimulate the growth of Salmonella, even at refrigerator temperatures. Although this research did not look for evidence of Salmonella … Continue reading

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The skin is a reservoir for African trypanosomes

Human African trypanosomiasis – sleeping sickness – is a potentially fatal disease, which currently affects ~3,500 people in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is caused by parasites called African trypanosomes and is spread by tsetse flies. Controlling these biting insects, combined … Continue reading

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Zoonotic Hepatitis E Virus

During the past ten years, several new hepatitis E viruses (HEVs) have been identified in various animal species. In parallel, the number of reports of indigenous hepatitis E in Western countries has increased as well, raising the question of what … Continue reading

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Human Hookworm Infection

Hookworm affects approximately 500 million people worldwide, yet its global economic and health impact is not well understood. A new study suggests that the health and economic burden of hookworm infection is estimated to exceed those of a number of … Continue reading

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Fighting Rabies in China

China has the second highest number of reported rabies cases in the world, but numbers of human deaths have been decreasing. According to the WHO, the Chinese authorities are forecasting national rabies elimination by 2025. Most of the cases are … Continue reading

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