My interview with Dr. Anthony Cannella

Today, I’m pleased to bring you an interview with Dr. Anthony Cannella, my good friend and Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. Phil- So glad to have you with me today, Anthony. I am excited to learn more about you. First of all, the basics. Where are you from? Anthony- Great to be here as well, Dr Phil. I was … Continue reading My interview with Dr. Anthony Cannella

Lennox Kenneth Archibald: Cronobacter Species Contamination of Powdered Infant Formula

What is Cronobacter? It’s a type of bacteria you have never heard of. Honestly, even though I trained in infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School, and was a disease detective at the CDC, I don’t know much about it either. So here’s what I learned, briefly. Cronobacter is a class of Enterobacteriaceae that cause infections in neonates, especially those born prematurely. Read this excellent paper about Cronobacter species … Continue reading Lennox Kenneth Archibald: Cronobacter Species Contamination of Powdered Infant Formula

News you can use – Wednesday July 18

I read the news so you don’t have to. Oropharyngeal Tularemia from Freshly Pressed Grape Must, New England Journal of Medicine. Fascinating, that tularemia was acquired by freshly pressed grape must by grape harvesters volunteering at a vineyard in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Improving management of neonatal infections, The Lancet. Infections causing sepsis, meningitis, or pneumonia contributed directly to around 0·6 million neonatal deaths worldwide Is Fruit Juice Bad … Continue reading News you can use – Wednesday July 18

Trump, at Putin’s Side, Questions U.S. Intelligence on 2016 Election

Yesterday, President Donald Trump stood next to President Vladimir Putin and challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies, that Moscow interfered with the 2016 election. All of this seems like it’s coming out of an Isabelle Allende novel, crafted for Fox News and CNN to keep people watching TV. But remember what’s important: The main issue is we risk rekindling the Cold War, which … Continue reading Trump, at Putin’s Side, Questions U.S. Intelligence on 2016 Election

Dr. Benjamin Eckhardt: Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes for People Who Inject Drugs

I’m impressed by the recent paper, Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes for People Who Inject Drugs Treated in an Accessible Care Program Located at a Syringe Service Program. We need to end the viscous cycle of poverty, racism, poor education, addiction, infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C, and how this is perpetuated by the prison-industrial complex. Disclaimer: Dr. Benjamin Eckhardt, the lead author, has been … Continue reading Dr. Benjamin Eckhardt: Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes for People Who Inject Drugs

Brief interview with Professor Mark Hatherill regarding TB vaccines

Recent Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) infection confers a predisposition to the development of tuberculosis disease, the #1 killer among global infectious diseases. A recent New England Journal of Medicine trial funded by Aeras and others aimed to address this deadly airborne killer. Vaccines that prevent TB infection in young adults could have a major effect on the control of TB by interrupting transmission, but the development of new vaccines … Continue reading Brief interview with Professor Mark Hatherill regarding TB vaccines

Dr. Hamza Brimah from Nigeria

The late Dr. Hamza Brimah from Nigeria was the only HIV specialist in a nine county region of the Mississippi Delta. His clinic took care of about 200 patients from far and wide. He killed himself in 2002, several months after Murtuza Gunja and I spent the day with him. Watch this important video if you have a few minutes. If you are currently experiencing … Continue reading Dr. Hamza Brimah from Nigeria