Monthly Archives: October 2016

Zika transmission prevention not just for men- updated WHO guidance

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has strengthened its advice on preventing sexual transmission of the Zika virus. The interim guidance report recommends that both men AND women practice safe sex for six…

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BCG vaccine – more than just protection from childhood tuberculosis

This is a useful BCG systematic review concerning childhood protection against TB- worth reading in detail. Longterm BCG protection into adulthood – vaccine efficacy (VE) 10-19 years post BCG was 58% (95% CI 27 to 76) p=0·002 and there was still a non-significant … Continue reading

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Epidemiology – don’t be lost for words!

As part of your systematic review of a micro-organism species or group of species (e.g. Enterobacteriaceae) , knowledge about the ‘epidemiology‘ is essential,  the second element in the ORGANISM knowledge proforma. “Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related … Continue reading

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Molecular microbiology – recent tutorial references and resources

Basics DNA extraction – essential first step. Quantity of DNA obtained can be assayed spectrophotometrically. Reverse transcriptase step – for detection of RNA viruses Nucleic acid amplification –  know how PCR works! This PCR animation is easy to understand.  Many other … Continue reading

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Outbreaks unpacked- recent tutorial material

The online Field Epidemiological Manual is an essential resource.  Here are the 10 steps, and 10 pitfalls list we went through. This is a great survey of the wider topic from a local leading thinker:  Outbreak-insights-looke-2012. EpiInfo is the free CDC software … Continue reading

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Lablogatory – medical pathology unpacked – a great clinical resource

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If you have a curiosity about what actually goes on in a medical pathology lab. and matters pathological, then this is the site for you. There are fabulous clinical case presentations…

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