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Mass Drug Administration for Scabies Control

• December 9th, 2015

When Frank Sinatra crooned ‘I’ve got you under my skin’, it’s unlikely he would have anticipated the song conjuring images of scabies infection. Yet for millions of people in developing countries, the skin condition caused by Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis is a substantial cause of morbidity due not only to potentially debilitating itchiness, but also… Read More…


Efficacy and Longer-Term Safety of the Dengue Vaccine in Endemic Regions

• September 23rd, 2015

You are sitting on the beach in Colombia, taking a weekend break from your hospital and outpatient duties, where you have seen a broad spectrum of illness resulting from dengue – mild fever to Dengue Hemorrhagic Shock Syndrome. You think to yourself: “if only there was a vaccine that could reduce the morbidity and mortality… Read More…


No Effect of Transfusion Threshold on Sepsis Survival

• October 8th, 2014

Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? (Macbeth Act V, Scene 1) Our fascination with blood dates back to the dawn of time.   Poets, writers and philosophers have waxed lyrical about it.  Blood as a life source, elixir and contagion  – it is an entity that has… Read More…


Influenza Vaccination in Pregnancy

• September 3rd, 2014

As the days get shorter and cooler, you have an increasing sense of dread that Winter Is Coming – and with it comes flu season.   Once you stop daydreaming of the halcyon days of summer, you notice that in your waiting room are two pregnant patients, one HIV positive, one HIV negative. You take a moment… Read More…