Category Archives: Med Micro topics-advanced

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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Lablogatory – medical pathology unpacked – a great clinical resource

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
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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Endemic Hepatitis E in Oz (and elsewhere) – update from Prof Josh Davis

Guest posting: A/Prof Josh Davis, Infectious Diseases Physician, John Hunter Hospital, NSW, Principal  Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, NT, Australia. Another excellent presentation from Josh.  HEV talk ASID Annual Scientific Meeting 2016_Davis.  An essential topic for ID and Pathology post-grads! References (both … Continue reading

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Cytomegalovirus – congenital disease prevention & treatment

Excellent series of expert reviews in Microbiology Australia recently including: Congenital cytomegalovirus: the invisible problem- Prof. Bill Rawlinson Clinical and epidemiological features of congenital cytomegalovirus infection globally–  Wendy J van Zuylen Therapeutics to prevent congenital cytomegalovirus during pregnancy: what is available … Continue reading

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Laboratory quality systems and lab capacity building programs

The WHO 2011 Handbook for laboratory quality management systems is the central resource used in developing laboratory systems for quality management. Print it out and get to know every section (below)! Expert Panel: Building Capacity for Diagnostics, GHDONLINE  Boston-based international expert led … Continue reading

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Room temperature bubble-through water chambers for patient oxygen supply are an infection hazard and do not provide significant humidification!

These commonly used devices are usually contaminated with environmental Gram negative bacteria that like moist environments – eg. Pseudomonas species, Alcaligenes, coliforms and other. These organisms may be multi-resistant.  The physics of humidification show that these room temperature devices do NOT … Continue reading

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