Contagions Round-up 22: Unusual Pathologies & Prevention Schemes

I haven’t had much time to blog lately, but the rest of you sure have! My reader is chuck full again! Here are some of the links that have caught my eye over the last several weeks.

Past Horizons reports that Charles Darwin has been cleared of delaying and altering his work after receiving information from Alfred Russel Wallace.

The History of Vaccines blog brings us a collection of correspondence and handouts of the Anti-Vaccination Society of America from around the turn of the 20th century.

Lindsey Fitzharris of The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice brings us the anatomists much disparaged partners the body snatchers, writes about the autopsy 18th century suicide of Mary Hunt, and on methods to prevent premature burial.

Katy Myers of Bones Don’t Lie writes about scurvy during the Great Irish Potato famine.

Kristina Killgrove of Powered by Osteons has posted her conference poster on her Romans of Gabii, and the differential diagnosis of an Imperial Roman.

Body Horrors writes about the possible antimicrobial function of kohl eyeliners from ancient Egypt.

Wonders & Marvels writes about the imaginary anatomy in Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings.

Small Things Considered writes about a new method of combating and reforming resistant bacteria and has an intriguing post on the dynamics of a bacterial swarm moving across agar producing characteristic colony morphology.

Spring breezes have brought worms to mind for Michael Walsh of Infection Landscapes with posts on Trichinellosis   and Guinea worm.

Tara Smith of Aetiology writes about the mysterious new ‘nodding disease’ among children in Africa’ and the antibiotic laden yummy sounding ‘feather meal’ some livestock are receiving. Antibiotics in feathers makes me wonder about antibiotic allergies in people who use feather pillows.

Jennifer Frazer, the Artful Amoeba, posted on a newly discovered Ebola-like virus in European bats, on the trail of Kawasaki disease transmission and on the marine bacterial origins of mitochondria.

Vincent Racaniello of the Virology Blog has been keeping us up to date on the latest H5N1 research  here and here. He also writes about the experimental use of polio virus receptor to detect  the virus in water samples.

Connar Bamford of The Rule of 6ix is keeping us updated with changes to mumps vaccination in Europe, on virally induced gooey raining caterpillars in European trees, and on respiratory syncytial virus research.

Here at Contagions, I’ve been interested in transmission dynamics lately. I have recent posts up on the dynamics of super-spreading and the transmission of primary pneumonic plague in the US over the last century.


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