Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on I ain't dead
    The microbiology and associated labs (virology,mycology) will have autoclaves for infected waste. The other labs won't. In my old hospital (Norfolk & Norwich - 1,000 odd beds) microbiology was off-site and there were no autoclaves in the labs. Pipettes are...
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    Half of the inhabitants of the town I live in left for Massachusetts for religious reasons. The Puritan rector was one of the leaders. They moved to Hingham Massachusetts. A few years later after the civil war when there was...
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    Dreams can occur in all stages of sleep. They are easier to recall from REM sleep. But dreams in REM sleep are weirder than those in NREM sleep leading to suggestions that the more structured dreams of NREM sleep may...
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    How would sleep apnea increase the risk of motor vehicle collisions? Tiredness. I have severe sleep apnoea. My CPAP machine uploads treatment records to my respiratory medicine clinic via the internet. If I drop below a threshold percentage treatment record...
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    My personal experience is that it made a big difference. At the time I was working in an NHD biochemistry lab doing R&D but participating in the out of hours emergency service. We could expect a positive paracetamol from A%E...
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    Have you tried ibuprofen? When my wife had sphenoid sinusitis and was waiting for surgery she found that ibuprofen was better for the headaches than paracetamol (acetaminophen)....
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    This is important news but the test can only be done on a Roche analyser. Hospital labs are usually equipped with analysers from a single manufacturer, usually Roche, Abbott, Bayer or Beckman-Coulter. Roche have a history of patenting assays and...
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    Your link suggested that complement activation by the roughened lining of blood vessels is involved. Complement activation can involve platelets. Asprin irreversibly inhibits platelet activation so maybe it will help with the clotting problems found in Covid-19 patients. I cling...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Lyme disease occurs everywhere in the UK. But I suspect most of it is caught in areas where deer are common. The maps of deer distribution and Lyme disease match pretty well. The original discoverer of Lyme disease was followed...
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    There is Lyme disease in the UK but it's limited to a few geographical areas. However a lot of these areas are tourist destinations. Thetford forest about 20 miles from me is one of the hot spots. There are signs...
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    I have no problems using tap water for sourdough starters. I used to use filtered mains water but since the filtered line on my triflow tap started leaking I moved to softened tap water. Made no difference to the starter....
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    I've ben involved in hundreds of clinical trials. At a rough guess at least a third of them could be described as having succeeded....
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    "C at least you can treat the tablets like sweeties" I take high strength vitamin C but ascorbic acid is easily converted to oxalate which is a risk factor for kidney stones. Over the decades medical opinion originally favoured this...
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    I was referring to monoclonal gammopathies, also known a paraproteins which cause a spike in an electrophoresis trace. These are usually due to tumours, typically multiple myeloma, in which the tumour cells produce antibodies. But a long term infection in...
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    I got a shock when two of these flying foxes flew low over observatory hill in Sydney at night. I knew they were in Australia but didn't expect to see them in a city....
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    I don't have any specific knowledge about COVID-19 but the government are looking for 98 percent specificity in an antibody test and haven't yet found or developed such a method. My wife has ordered a CE marked home testing kit...
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    The first line ELISA tests for Lyme disease become more positive with time but there are false positives due to cross reaction with other antibodies. 80% show positive within a few weeks of neurological symptoms. But I wouldn't want to...
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    You asked: "I've been wondering about that as well as do hospitals/blood work labs keep records or samples of weird antibodies that they find in their patients/clients. Probably most hospitals/blood work labs wouldn't even notice because (layperson's guess) the only...
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    Link to Operation Journeyman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Journeyman...
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    Operation Journeyman was more than an exercise. And the inclusion of a nuclear submarine made it even more threatening to the Argentine Navy. But when the Thatcher government knew the Argentines were thinking if invasion they decided to remove the...
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    Have you tried antihistamines for your perfume allergy?...
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    In the UK low dose is 75 mg and regular tablets are 300 mg....
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    You seem to have me down as a smoking supporter. I've smoked maybe five cigarettes in my life and one of those wasn't all tobacco. All of them made me ill. Nobody in my family smokes. My children and their...
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    It's not unprecedented. https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/nicotine-patch-may-offer-some-benefit-to-those-with-ulcerative-colitis/...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Yes definitely. He described the process to me. A hand crank....
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    My father volunteered for the Navy at the start of WW2 and was sent back to work instead since he was working in an aircraft factory, Avro. He told me that during the war people in factories like him were"dying...
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    This redefinition of class in the U.K. seems to fit fairly well. Huge survey reveals seven social classes in UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22007058...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Norwich was badly hit by lots of plague epidemics. In this video from a Norwich ghost walk the raised flower bed with lavender is one of two plague pits in Tombland Alley. Originally lavender was planted to hide the smell...
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    There are perks to public health food labs. My wife's first task on her fist day was testing milk for bacterial contamination. That had do be done first thing in the morning so the milk could go to the staff...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I do live near farms which sell unpasteurised milk. Neither my wife nor I would touch unpasteurised milk with a bargepole. We've both worked in microbiology labs testing for brucellosis and she's also worked in a public health lab testing...
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