• Not TB Sniffed At

    So much about TB we already know that it risks becoming the number one killer of our conversation too. That is, until, with a casual conviction, the young Doctor reflects – “You know, I swear I can just walk onto a ward and sniff out TB”.

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  • Love, in the Time of Zika

    On the Italian coastline, overlooking the shimmering calm of the Adriatic Sea, I’ve been catching up with an old friend whilst finally having chance to immerse into Garcia’s Love in the Time of Cholera. Her heart for Brazil and love for all health issues regarding Mother and Child, combined with my own intrigue for emerging viruses, has led us to discuss the inevitable. The Zika Virus.

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  • The Mystery of MERS

    Since it was first picked up 3 years ago, MERS-Coronavirus has gone global. During my short trip to the Philippines, I don full protective gear as I’m given the chance to see suspected cases up close and personal. We still don’t know where it came from, nor do we have any medicines to treat it.

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  • These woes ain’t Royal

    During a whirlwind final week to the first term of Graduate Medical School, I find myself presenting amongst passionate early career researchers at a Royal Society conference, and reminded of the challenges we face in the complex field of Tropical Medicine.

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  • Reflections and Future Directions: Pursuing Medicine.

    After spending the majority of the past few weeks driving motorbikes through untold scenery and unprecedented quantities of dust, it is time to acknowledge that my time here is soon coming to an end. Here I look to my next challenge – a career in medicine.

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  • Border Cross

    International borders are meaningless to infectious diseases such as Yellow Fever Date of Event: July 19th 2014 The tatty card with its leaden yellow shade lay submerged under various other

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Fighting Malaria: Is our best weapon getting rusty?

Drug resistance is no new thing – you’ve likely heard of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Scientists have developed a host of drugs for treating malaria over the years but these drugs too, have faltered at the hands of the ever-evolving malaria parasites. A study published earlier this week reports on numerous populations in Cambodia of Plasmodium falciparum (one of five malaria

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Wellcome!

Hello! Wellcome to this new blog all about tropical diseases and health. I have deliberately misspelt “welcome” to highlight the exciting news that the Wellcome Trust  has appointed a Professor of Tropical Medicine and Global Health as their new director; Jeremy Farrar. Tropical Disease specialist named as new Wellcome Trust Director The Wellcome trust is a charitable powerhouse when it comes

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