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Increasing incidences of Meningitis in Australia

Every now and again there is news about yet another case of a meningococcal outbreak in Australia. According to the Meningitis centre Australia, ‘Bacterial meningitis is aggressive, develops quickly and can lead to permanent disability or death in a matter of hours. It is fatal in approximately 50% of cases and accounts for around 170,000 … Continue reading Increasing incidences of Meningitis in Australia

Are rare diseases really rare in Australia?

Simon and Samantha Daff were in for a rude shock when they learnt that their newborn son Jackson suffered from metachromatic leukodystrophy, a rare condition. Their eldest daughter Mackenzie, 4, was diagnosed with the same diseases just weeks before.   “We went from not sleeping at all to getting the news — I haven’t slept as … Continue reading Are rare diseases really rare in Australia?

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

All of us have heard about Lewis Carroll’s fictional work Alice in Wonderland. In the book, Alice goes through a series of hallucinating experiences when she falls into a deep hole, while following a rabbit. These included illusions like being just ten inches tall and acquiring different sizes after eating a cake.  What Alice experienced … Continue reading Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

Ditch the pill, switch to app

  Forget implants, forget the pill, forget tubal ligation and vasectomies(ugh!). Simply download an app on your phone and voila! You have a tool for fertility tracking and planning pregnancies literally at your fingertips. Reports suggest that tens of thousands of women have already downloaded the Natural Cycles app on to their smartphones. Founded by … Continue reading Ditch the pill, switch to app

Screening for Cervical Cancer

Screening for cervical cancer Meghan Betts   You can follow Meghan at Let’s Talk Medical   The National Cervical Screening Program initiated in 1991 currently provides cervical screening tests via a Pap smear. Pap smears do not detect or diagnose cervical cancer; however, they are important for identifying cellular changes or abnormalities which may be … Continue reading Screening for Cervical Cancer

How the microbiome affects the development of allergies

  By Meghan Betts   Increasing evidence suggests that a disruption of the healthy human microbiome (i.e. communities of microbes, their genetic content and their interaction with the human host) is linked to an increased risk of developing allergic diseases.   Studies have shown that newborns who later develop either asthma or allergies commonly have … Continue reading How the microbiome affects the development of allergies

Superbugs – how do you stop them?

  By Meghan Betts   Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is accelerated by the misuse and overuse of antimicrobial medicines, as well as poor hygiene and poor infection prevention and control, and is an increasingly serious global health concern. There are various steps that can be taken at every level of society to reduce the impact and … Continue reading Superbugs – how do you stop them?

Are we at risk of a post-antibiotic era?

  By Meghan Betts   Globally, antimicrobial resistance (AMR)  is becoming an increasingly serious public health concern. In particular, the development of antibiotic resistance – due to the frequent and commonplace use of antibiotics in modern society – has become a highlighted medical issue in recent times. Antibiotic resistance is now considered to be one … Continue reading Are we at risk of a post-antibiotic era?