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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.

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Conspiracy Theories vs Virus-Fighting Bacteria

James Gathany Female obtaining blood meal

The Aedes aegypti mosquito (Source: James Gathany)

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 turns out many bacteria are helpful, and Wolbachia takes this to a whole new level.

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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 provide some scientific evidence to refute them.

If there are any arguments you’ve heard, that I’ve not listed here, feel free to leave them in the comments section, and I’ll update this article as time goes by.

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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 understanding of the facts and evidence supporting vaccination.

Hopefully what they find here, will improve their confidence and understanding of vaccination.

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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 anything about what my PhD is focused on. The big research question that I’ve devoted a few years of my life to. Well hopefully in this post, I’ll be able to explain what I’m working on and in particular, why my work is important.

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