Archives for August 2010

Soil & public health

Melioidosis is only one aspect of the interaction between soil and human health. Here are notes on a talk about the broader human health context of the soil from the recent World Congress of Soil Science.

Shark culture

The majority of shark bites are not immediately fatal and are prone to infection by the bacteria found in and around shark teeth. A group from northeastern Brazil captured bull & tiger sharks to find out what bacteria were present on their teeth (Interaminense JA et al. J Med Microbiol 2010; 59:941-7).

The end of the earth

Preliminary announcement: conference on wilderness and expedition medicine to be held in Bunbury, WA in early October. Conference details here.

Pneumococcal vaccine progress report

The changing epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease in aboriginal and non-aboriginal Western Australians from 1997 through 2007 and emergence of nonvaccine serotypes. Lehmann D, Willis J, Moore H et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2010; 50: 1477-1486. This recently published decade-long study found that after the introduction of 7-valent pneumococcal vaccine, invasive pneumococcal disease due to […]

Cough & fever in the tropics

What could be more difficult than trying to work out the cause of a serious pneumonia in time to guarantee successful treatment? Here are the ACTM primer of tropical medicine notes on the topic: ACTM Primer of Tropical Medicine Pulmonary Eosinophilias