Scientists succeed in mapping the Genome of the Garden Gnome but is it too late for the UK’s Gnome colonies?

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Scientists have announced that after years of research, they have managed to decode the Genome of the common Garden Gnome. The announcement coincides with a warning that a deadly fungus which lurks in compost heaps and flourishes in damp conditions could wipe out this entire endangered species by 2020 unless governments act to stem the… Read more »

Global Tuberculosis and aspergillosis – submission to UK All Party Parliamentary Group

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Do some of the millions of smear negative ‘TB’ patients actually have TB at all? Drs Page and Denning have submitted evidence submitted to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis (APPG-TB), UK addressing this uncertainty. Data from multiple sources suggests 15-20% of these patients may have chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). Many smear negative… Read more »

Bipolaris hawaiiensis endophthalmitis from eye injection with contaminated steroids

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Seventeen cases of fungal endophthalmitis occurred after intravitreal injection of triamcinolone sourced from a single lot prepared by a compounding pharmacy in California. All were infected with Bipolaris hawaiiensis, a common plant pathogen and an uncommon human pathogen. In a retrospective analysis- fungal endophthalmitis developed in 82% (14/17) of eyes after intravitreal triamcinolone obtained from the same… Read more »