GAFFI President delivers keynote speech in Montreal on global burden of human fungal diseases

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To a packed audience of researchers and science policy makers, GAFFI President Dr David Denning described the enormous and under-appreciated burden of fungal infections at the International Union of Microbiological Societies meeting in Montreal. Very large numbers of people are affected, and many fungal disease estimates have yet to be made, so estimates are incomplete…. Read more »

New device to detect invasive aspergillosis

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A new lateral flow device has been invented by Prof Chris Thornton of Exeter University, UK, to accurately diagnose invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. The affordable device uses a highly specific monoclonal antibody which detects a diagnostic marker of Aspergillus infection and uses a small blood sample. Aspergillosis is a notoriously difficult disease to diagnose -affecting many… Read more »

Medical Student discovers nearly half of adults with cystic fibrosis are infected by fungi

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A 21-year-old medical student has made a major discovery, which will help doctors better able to diagnose and treat patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Jo Armstead spent hundreds of hours accessing data from 30 countries to discover that there are over 75,000 people with the genetic disorder, of whom half are over 18 years –… Read more »