An Oslerphile’s Dream Gift

I received a wonderful gift yesterday, one that has had me hooked ever since. I hope to write more details on the surprise party where I got the gift in an upcoming post, but for now, I just cannot wait to show off this brilliant gift: a limited edition, published for members only version of the 1904 imprint of Sir William Osler’s masterpiece: Aequanimitas. The book, its … Continue reading An Oslerphile’s Dream Gift

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Fatal Botulism Outbreak in Azerbaijan Linked to Home Made Pickles

Acidic food stuffs like tomatoes have traditionally been thought of as safe as far as the risk of botulism was concerned. However, an outbreak of six cases, one of whom died, in Azerbaijan, which has subsequently been linked to home made pickled tomatoes, has brought that conventional wisdom into question. More of this outbreak can be read on the Azer News article. Botulism results from … Continue reading Fatal Botulism Outbreak in Azerbaijan Linked to Home Made Pickles

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New Cases Threaten Control of Yellow Fever in Urban Brazil

Alto Paraiso de Goias, a municipality in North Eastern Goias, Brazil, has seen its second case of yellow fever in 2015. The first case was that of a foreigner who was passing by Alto Paraiso when he came down with the infection and received subsequent treatment at Rio de Janeiro. This second case arose in the very same municipality. Brazil has not seen an urban … Continue reading New Cases Threaten Control of Yellow Fever in Urban Brazil

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New, Aggressive Strain of HIV Identified in Cuba

A paper (1) in the journal EBioMed has discussed the discovery of a new strain of HIV which seems to be especially aggressive and progresses to AIDS from HIV infection within a very short time. This strain, found in Cuba, raises new questions about the chemotherapy for HIV Infection. HIV is an immunologically complex virus having a number of strains, basics of which include: Certain … Continue reading New, Aggressive Strain of HIV Identified in Cuba

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Bird Flu Kills Tigers in China Zoo

The FAO Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES) reports in disease event ID 200313 the death of two tigers in a Guangxzi zoo (in China) after they were affected by bird flu (highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1).  The report stated eight tigers were at risk of the infection, of which two died. Virus isolation was done via reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RTPCR) to confirm the diagnosis.  … Continue reading Bird Flu Kills Tigers in China Zoo

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Typhoid Outbreak in Jammu and Kashmir

Reports of an outbreak of typhoid is pouring in from Jammu and Kashmir, with as many as 65 patients being confirmed by laboratory investigations at the District Hospital, Rajouri. The Medical Superintendent of the District Hospital at Rajouri has further added that a whopping 260 patients have been registered with the hospital with clinically suspected diagnosis of typhoid. The outbreak of typhoid has been linked … Continue reading Typhoid Outbreak in Jammu and Kashmir

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