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Can fungal diversity in the lungs predict respiratory distress?

Uncategorized Aug 28, 2020

Hi there. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. Well, we've all seen scary scenes of people on ventilators in the last couple of months due to the fact that they've been diagnosed with COVID-19. We all know that there are a range of lifestyle factors that can predispose individuals to potentially requiring mechanical ventilation, think of smoking. And we know that exposure to environmental pollutants can predispose individuals to a range of adverse health conditions like asthma, meaning that if they become immunocompromised, they might require mechanical ventilation.

That's the topic of today's presentation. We're going to be talking about the fungus that grows normally in the lungs. I want to work out and talk to you about whether or not there is a connection between these types of fungi and being able to predict whether or not certain individuals are at risk of having respiratory distress. In order to do that, I want to review a publication which was...

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The COVID-19 Long Haulers are Redefining What We Know About Recovery

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020
 

It’s one thing to get COVID-19 but another to not get better! Long term symptoms, delayed recovery. What’s going on? This is something that’s beginning to be actively researched in the scientific community. It’s called Long Covid and people are suffering ‘long’ after the first classic Covid signs like fever or a positive test result. Those individuals who don’t fully recover are calling themselves ‘Long Haulers’. In this weeks Livestream I’m going to cover what we know about post covid recovery, discuss what’s emerging in the literature about long covid and what some innovative social media data analysis reveals. I’ll also be discussing the link with chronic fatigue and mould hypersensitivity.

REFERENCES:

An Analysis of Self-reported Longcovid Symptoms on Twitter
Shubh Mohan Singh, Chaitanya Reddy
medRxiv 2020.08.14.20175059; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.08.14.20175059

Long-term...

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How an common anti-fungal drug could help stop brain disease

Uncategorized Aug 16, 2020
 

Without medical breakthroughs, more than 6.4M Australians will be diagnosed with dementia in the next 40 years at a cost of more than $1 trillion. This week I want to discuss several exciting publications that have appeared in the research literature in 2020. It’s not just dementia, other diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke, and even depression are increasingly being linked to something called mitochondrial dysfunction. The literature shows that 2 approaches called: methylene blue and photobiomodulation might be very effective. But why? This issue of mitochondria and its’ link with inflammatory processes has been known for some time. Especially, with respect to how fungal pathogens and environmental fungi seem to induce similar mitochondrial dysfunction in humans. I will look at what’s known about this and then review a paper from 2020 showing that fungi have been found in the brains of people with Parkinson’s...

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Facts About Black Mould and Fungal Sinusitis

Uncategorized Aug 09, 2020
 
Black mould is a common term used to describe home infestations with mould. It’s use is linked with an expectation of toxicity. In this weeks livestream, I report on the first case of Black mould sinusitis and how this was linked with immunocompromised status. Did you know that 17% of insurance claims at a major Australian insurer were water damage related? Did you know that in the USA, approximately 3.6% of the population are immunocompromised? Do you see a pattern here? Damp housing + immune compromise = opportunity for Black mould and other moulds to become BIG problems! Learn more on this livestream or watch later or listen to the podcast later.
 

REFERENCES:

 
Semis M, Dadwal SS, Tegtmeier BR, Wilczynski SP, Ito JI, Kalkum M. First Case of Invasive Stachybotrys Sinusitis [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 10]. Clin Infect Dis. 2020;ciaa231. doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa231
 
Flappan SM, Portnoy J, Jones P, Barnes C. Infant pulmonary hemorrhage...
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COVID-19 & Facemasks: Some Stats, Facts, and Data You Need To Know

Uncategorized Jul 28, 2020
 

We hear so much about masks and how they’ll now help stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but their use is not without controversy. I’m doing a Livestream on this important topic today. Expect to hear ***NEW*** information and facts. Learn why they work and which ones do and don’t. What does the research say about the true levels of protection? Tune in on Facebook and later on YouTube or my podcast: The Mould Show.

REFERENCES:

Ability of Fabric Facemasks Materials to Filter Ultrafine Particles at Coughing Velocity - for Home Made and Fabric Face Mask Creation
Eugenia O'Kelly, Sophia Pirog, James Ward, P John Clarkson
medRxiv 2020.04.14.20065375; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.14.20065375

Face mask wearing rate predicts country's COVID-19 death rates: with supplementary state-by-state data in the United States
Daisuke Miyazawa, Gen Kaneko
medRxiv 2020.06.22.20137745; doi: ...

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Can a well known antiseptic help fight off the SARS-CoV-2 virus?

Uncategorized Jul 19, 2020
 
What are the scientists saying about how you might be able to treat yourself to minimize the risk of infection from the SARS-CoV-2 virus? The papers I want to review in today's Livestream demonstrate that oral antiseptics like povidone-iodine are effective at inactivating the coronavirus. The effect works at a variety of concentrations after 60 seconds of contact time. The research papers show this works as oral and nasal rinses. This is an important show - since these papers might help you or a loved one. Of course, speak to your medical doctor or other health care practitioner - but from an infection control perspective, these research results are very persuasive. Use masks and consider adopting the scientific results detailed in these papers into your own harm minimization strategy during the pandemic. This is not an alternative to testing nor accessing your medical doctor if you have any symptoms that could be COVID-related, but this common antiseptic could help and...
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The Ugly Truth About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Dampness and Mould

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2020
 

This week I want to discuss something called: Dampness and mould hypersensitivity syndrome (DMHS) and how this is related to exposure to the indoor air dampness microbiota (DM). There have been two papers published in the last 6 months that demonstrate in two different workplaces (Hospital workers and Police officers) how their respective buildings that had long-term water damage and mould were associated with very different symptoms when compared to a control group of people who hadn't been exposed to the water damaged buildings. These results should help anyone who is (possibly) having trouble explaining to others about the risks from water damage and mould. The papers go into detail showing how cardiac problems as well as symptoms like multiple chemical sensitivity are very strongly associated with exposure to these toxic environments. I hope you can use these easily obtainable papers to help you convince others that mould & water damage MUST be taken seriously and not...

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Sentinel Environmental Screening for the Coronavirus

Uncategorized Jul 06, 2020
 

New research from the US military shows that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can remain stable on the skin for 14-days. The higher the temperature, the lower the recovery. Therefore, the colder the environment, the longer the coronavirus persists on surfaces like skin, banknotes and even clothing. In this weeks Livestream I’m covering the role of ‘Sentinel monitoring’. This aims to test out selected high touch surfaces in an effort to detect the presymptomatic (before they show symptoms) and the asymptomatic (people who never show symptoms). New breaking research shows that swabbing the environment can detect those environments that are 10-times more likely to show a positive coronavirus case during clinical testing. The conclusion from the research is that environmental screening can help identify workplaces that are likely to hide spreaders! Surface testing in the environment should be used alongside clinical testing of people.

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Environmental Monitoring of Surfaces for a COVID-Safe Workplace

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2020
 

As Australia re-opens, some States like Victoria are experiencing a resurgence in case numbers.  Was it the protests, is it the returning travellers, is it the asymptomatic spread, is it the super-spreaders?  All valid questions, without clear answers...but what's your business to do IF you WANT and NEED to re-open but you want to do this SAFELY?

Modelling by scientists at the University of Melbourne provides forecast models for the spread of coronavirus infection across Australia and at the State level.  below is the graph for Victoria updated on Saturday 27th June 2020.

In today's Livestream I want to speak about the important role of surface contamination.  We all know that hand sanitiser and regular hand washing is globally promoted as a mandatory step - but have you stopped to think about all the reasons why?  Obviously touching other people with a handshake is easily understood as a risky behaviour - but what about all the other things you touch...

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Asthma and the Older Cohort + Does Sunlight Influence Nosocomial Infections?

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered if some factors make asthma worse in older adults? Find out what are the Top 7 reasons why asthma can be made worse indoors. Once you know what they are, you can do something about limiting risk. I also want to look at the relationship between the environment - and in particular temperature - and how this is linked to rates of hospital acquired bloodborne infections. The results for bacteria and fungi will no doubt surprise you. Also it's our 52nd show, so we've been doing these weekly LiveStreams for 1year. Check out all the back episodes on YouTube @drcameronjones or listen to the podcasts on iTunes or your favourite streaming service or go to www.TheMouldShow.com

TOP 7 Things Older People Should Be On The Lookout For To Reduce Their Levels Of Allergen Exposure:

1. Poor bathroom ventilation
2. No HEPA vacuum
3. Furry/feathered pets inside
4. Mould/moisture present
5. Dust
6. Pest/rodents
7. Cigarettes

Contrary to expectations: it was NOT warm and humid weather...

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