What is antibiotic resistance and Why does it matter?

What is antibiotic resistance and Why does it matter?

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Our world was a very different place before 1928, when Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the very first antibiotic – penicillin. Weaponless, we as humans were much more vulnerable to the microscopic pathogens around us.

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Opinion: Cancer is Hard, But Let’s Not Turn to Woo.

Opinion: Cancer is Hard, But Let’s Not Turn to Woo.

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Cancer. The word alone invokes deep emotions in many people. For some, fear, for others, anger. This is completely understandable. During my biomedical science degree I worked in nursing with a predominant focus on patients with various stages and types of cancer. Some made it and others were not so fortunate. I was even quite emotional seeing the plight of these patients, but maintained my resolve to give them the best care I possibly could. It wasn’t just me either; each patient had a large team of nurses, doctors and specialists who worked with them, investing their expertise to help every person they saw. However, the emotions of fear and anger were very real and very present. These emotions, for some, can lead to bad choices (often out of desperation). It is this that I want to focus on in this opinion piece.

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Thoughts out loud: Anti-intellectualism and the issue of Vaccination

Thoughts out loud: Anti-intellectualism and the issue of Vaccination

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Recently I was asked by a friend in Indonesia why there seems to be a growing rejection of science-based medical marvels such as vaccination in my own highly developed country of Australia. This is actually something that concerns me greatly, as both an educator and someone involved in medical research applicable to vaccine development. Below I give a recount of my reply, which are merely my thoughts on the matter, and should be seen as me “thinking out loud”. No doubt, in the future, I shall revisit this issue with more scholastic rigor.

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Hacking Health Toronto 2013

Hacking Health Toronto 2013

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This past November I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Hacking Health hackathon right here in Toronto. The event brings together healthcare professionals and technology developers to collaborate and build solutions to existing health care problems.

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Top 5 Kuhnian Revolutions and Paradigm Shifts in Malaria Research

Top 5 Kuhnian Revolutions and Paradigm Shifts in Malaria Research

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Thomas Kuhn was among the leading figures in the philosophy of science during the 20th century (along with other greats such as Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein). He popularized the use of the word paradigm,

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Funding Magic: Alternative Medicine

Funding Magic: Alternative Medicine

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One of the most alarming trends is the global rise in tax-payer funded magic, particularly in developed countries1. No, this is not a joke, in nations such as Australia and America there has been an increase in government-funded research and care programs into supplements, complementary and alternative medicine (also known as SCAM, a term coined by the fellows at Science Based Medicine). But before I delve into this further, I should define a few terms, reflect on the general problems of giving SCAM’s both attention and money, then give you some specific examples and why they are particularly problematic.

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Blood Smear of Malaria Positive Blood

Blood Smear of Malaria Positive Blood

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This blood smear shows human blood positive for malaria infection, with a Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte (the sexual form of the most lethal of the malaria parasite species) right in the center.

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What Homeopathy is and the (il)logic of it all

What Homeopathy is and the (il)logic of it all

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Primary author: Nick K.

Corresponding author: Christopher_NW.

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Today I have the pleasure of bringing you an article primarily authored by a good colleague of mine, Nick K. Nick’s research lies in understanding the fundamentals of the immune system. Apart from this information, Nick shall remain anonymous due to the inflammatory nature of this article on homeopathy. We personally consider homeopathy as unproven woo-woo, and any controversy surrounding it to be in fact, manufactroversy. I shall be writing a further critical and justly deserved scathing article on a certain homeopathic group in the near future, so I am more than happy to cop any flak from this and any other future articles, hence why I am the corresponding author on this article. Wes rationally thought that before I go into full “attack mode” against pseudoscience, an initial introductory piece should written. So thanks to Nick, here it is.

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The Beautiful Complexity of the Malaria Parasite:

The Beautiful Complexity of the Malaria Parasite:

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It’s no small secret that my biggest interest lies in malaria research. The story of this healthy obsession started back during my undergraduate days at USC, back when I was interested in becoming an obstetrician/gynecologist.

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Patients: Customers or Partners?

Patients: Customers or Partners?

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The Healthcare system is an exceptionally intricate system, as is the human body and mind. Imagine attempting to synchronize thinking, behavior, and actions of thousands of physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, case managers

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