Why Children in Europe are Dying from an Eliminated Disease

In just the first 6 months of 2018, Europe has had a staggering 41,000 cases of measles. This is worse than any other full year in the last decade. It’s almost 8 times the number of cases in 2016 and I dread to think what the count will be by the end of the year.... Continue Reading →

Conspiracy Theories vs Virus-Fighting Bacteria

For the first time ever, an entire city has been protected from Dengue Fever. The Australian city of Townsville has been dengue-free since 2014, and it’s all thanks to bacteria! I know what you’re thinking: “Aren’t bacteria the bad guys?” I used to think bacteria were only good for one thing, causing disease, but it... Continue Reading →

A Cure for the Common Cold?

I didn’t have a birthday party with my friends until I was 15. Every year, without fail, I would get a bad cold the day before my birthday (queue the violins and single teardrop). My mom used to yell:       “Make sure you’re wrapped up warm or you’ll catch a cold!” This is a popular... Continue Reading →

Ebola: A Persistent Threat in Africa

The latest Ebola outbreak has hit the war-torn North Kivu province of the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo), and experts are struggling to contain it. Ebola outbreaks have captivated news media and audiences around the world since the devastating 2013 – 2016 West African Epidemic. However, most are still in the dark about what... Continue Reading →

The Impact of Vaccination & Challenges for the Future

Originally published by Jonathon Coey at Public Health United on August 12, 2018 August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) in America – an ideal time to learn (or review!) our work in eradicating diseases, and some of the current challenges facing vaccination. Eradication Campaigns: Smallpox – eradicated in 1980 The #1 fear in America... Continue Reading →

Sunshine Blogger Award

This was not what I expected my next blog post to be about, but I guess that's life. Last week I was nominated by fellow blogger Dr Ewen Sommerville for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This came as a big surprise to me, as my blog is only 3 months old! What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?... Continue Reading →

Vaccination (Part 2): Myths Debunked

Would you like to be able to set your friends mind at ease if they have concerns about vaccination? Perhaps you'd like to be better prepared for when you encounter an anti-vaxxer? Well, then this article is for you. One by one I'll go through some of the most common arguments raised by anti-vaxxers, and... Continue Reading →

Vaccination (Part 1): The Basics

Of the US population, it is estimated that : 70% are pro-vaccination 2% are anti-vaxxer 28% are unsure This post is not a battle cry against anti-vaxxers (that will come in part 2), but rather, a comprehensive review of the science behind vaccination. The aim is to help anyone who is unsure gain a better... Continue Reading →

My Research: Respiratory Syncytial Virus

"So what do you do?"  “Have you heard of Respiratory Syncytial Virus?” “No, never” “What about Influenza” “Oh yeah of course” “Well its kind of like that…” (The beginning of every conversation about my research) So far, my posts have been focused on various aspects of PhD life. However I realised that I haven't written... Continue Reading →

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