Category Archive: Health Science

Sep 20

How genotyping is aiding in the fight against malaria

3.2 billion people across 106 countries and territories, live in areas at risk of malaria transmission. The serious and sometime fatal mosquito-borne disease is caused by the Plasmodium parasite – in 2015, malaria caused 212 million clinical episodes, and 429,000 deaths. Malaria has been a public health problem in Brazil ever since it was brought to the …

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Sep 08

The MIC: A Misunderstood Animal?

I read recently a paper which studied ‘relevance’ of MIC data against clinical outcomes. The conclusion of the paper as that there is no link between MIC data and clinical outcomes in the case of vancomycin for left sided endocarditis. While there may be some merit in the claim that the MIC is relied on …

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Aug 11

Space is the place…to experiment

Bugs in Space – ATCC® Microbes are Go! by Lauren Cracknell. Students taking part in the ISSET programme at King’s College, London, have designed and prepared ‘micro-gravity experiments’ using ATCC’s Microbes. The intrepid microbes were launched into space on-board the Falcon 9 rocket and rendezvoused with the International Space Station on 5 June. The aim of …

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Sep 11

Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis: the end of the guessing game?

September marks World Alzheimer’s Month – a global campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding the disease. The campaign, ‘Remember Me’, is encouraging people all around the world to learn to spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with the disease, or those who may …

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Sep 08

World Seafood Conference 2015

Managing director of Michael Walker Consulting Ltd Michael gave a talk on the 8th of September, at the World Seafood Conference in Grimsby, UK which will run between the 5th and the 10th. This conference aims to build on existing partnerships and create new links between the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) members and …

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Aug 20

How safe is your BBQ? This is how LGC makes sure that it is.

It’s not been the best of summers here in the UK but hopefully you’ve managed to enjoy a BBQ or two… But do you know how safe your BBQ is? Do you know exactly what is on the menu? LGC helps to make sure that your summer BBQ is safe and only makes use of …

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May 28

Anti-microbial resistance: the importance of measurement accuracy

Imagine a world in which your morning shave or an afternoon pottering in the garden poses a major risk to your life. Or the medical breakthroughs that have led to organ transplantation and cancer treatment are no longer viable and no treatment exists. This could be a reality if the “ticking time bomb” of anti-microbial …

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Feb 04

Cancer research is #NotBeyondUs

This World Cancer Day (4 February 2015) we share how our scientists are taking part in the fight against cancer, searching for solutions for better treatment and diagnosis. The campaign for World Cancer Day 2015 takes a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist, and that they are …

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Jul 30

Faster, Higher, Stronger…Cleaner

Many sportsmen and women heading for this summer’s major sports events will undergo urine and/or blood tests to ensure that they have not been taking performance-enhancing substances such as steroids, stimulants etc. Football’s UEFA European Championships has just been declared “drug-free”, following “All 31 matches [which were] subject to controls, while teams and players [were] subject to …

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