tags: microbiology



2016 Feb 16
Zika Virus, Microcephaly, and Pesticides

"No, we don't know if Zika is causing microcephaly. But we have no evidence it's pesticides, either."

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2016 May 26
Pan-resistant E. coli

I remember apocryphal stories of pan-resistant E. coli at one of the ICUs I did my residency at. You had to wear outbreak suits to get in and out. I never figured out how they managed to end the quarantine. I can't imagine that every patient in that unit died….

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2016 Jul 5
The Stench of Cutting People Open

To me, the smell of a Bovie searing tissue is more disturbing intellectually than it is viscerally. It's the bacterial odors that incite involuntary disgust in me. Opening up abscesses—many of which I've done in a totally outpatient setting—have made me instantaneously nauseated. The stench of Pseudomonas and of Staph are instantly recognizable to me. I'm gagging just thinking about it.

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2016 Jul 18
Cold Weather and Cold Viruses

So maybe mom was right and going out in the cold is exactly how you catch colds.

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