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Recently there have been two cases of sleeping sickness reported in European travellers who had visited slightly different parts of the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, one traveller was from Germany and the other from Belgium. Thankfully both persons recovered. Prior to this, there had been no reported cases in the Masai Mara for […]

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We have had several phone calls asking about meningitis risk in travellers to Vietnam. There have been a few news reports about meningitis in children, and young adults. The baseline rate of meningococcal disease in the human population is about 1 per 100,000 population, so there will always be a few cases – the disease […]

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Working with Polio Eradication

December 6th, 2011

      [slideshow] Many travellers who have visited our clinics will have received polio vaccination. One of our patients has kindly written this piece for our newsletter. Jenny Horton is an Australian Rotarian who has volunteered with the program for over 10 years in Ethiopia, Botswana, Nigeria, Pakistan and now India. Jenny writes … […]

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Hookworms may provide a key to treating coeliac disease, according to research undertaken in Australia Persons with Coeliac disease cannot tolerate the wheat protein, gluten, in their diet. This is a challenge as they cannot eat regular bread, pasta, and even some medications. The study found that infection with a common species of hookworm (necator […]

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Patients with type 1 diabetes should ensure that their seatbacks are upright, their seatbelts fastened and their insulin pumps disconnected before takeoff, researchers say. They should also ensure their pump contains only 1.5mL of insulin before flying, remove any air bubbles before reconnecting the pump at cruising altitude, and disconnect again during emergencies. The advice […]

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Dear Readers, could you spare a minute to vote online to help one of my patients win a $5000 grant to build classrooms in a remote Nepalese village school ( I am also one of the directors of the Overseas Aid fund for the Nepal Australia Friendship Association so can vouch for the organisation NAFA) […]

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On July 18, 2010, a previously healthy little girl aged 11 years was hospitalized in Nevada, USA after 2 days of fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and neck pain. During 21st June to 12th July, she had visited the Philippines with four relatives and had received numerous mosquito bites. (JE is contracted from a mosquito bite) […]

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Rates of Genital warts have dropped in both young women and and heterosexual men following widespread vaccination of girls and women aged 12-26 years with the cervical cancer vaccine. Since 2007 the vaccine against Human papilloma virus has been provided free to young women in this country. About 80% of eligible adolescent girls have received […]

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I would guess most of my readers love to travel. Now we have a medical excuse? Recently someone sent me this blog post outlining the dangers of sitting at ones desk all day!

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Melatonin?

January 7th, 2011

I have recently been asked about Melatonin for jetlag A product circadan = 2 mg slow release melatonin was approved last year in australia by The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in persons over 55 years of age http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/tga-approves-melatonin-for-adult-insomnia However the cochraine review http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab001520.html …did not encourage the use of 2mg slow release melatonin […]

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