A Tale of Two Mosquitoes

Ah, spring.  It is the best of times, it is the worst of mosquitoes.  It is the season of light, it is the season of disease.  While Dickens described the French Reign of Terror, we will discuss the mosquito Reign of Terror organizing in your backyard. Every good story needs an antagonist.  Ours is the Continue Reading

When a Blue Dot or Line does not mean a Blue Dot or Line

A closer look at Predictive Values When waging war and winning battles, successful generals consider timing a critical factor. Shall we move at dawn or wait till their supplies run lower? Few empires have witnessed the consistent military success as Rome. For roughly one thousand years, they expanded their empire, obliterated their enemies, and reigned Continue Reading

Buruli Ulcer: How does this not hurt?

A new type of infection first described in Australia in 1930 is in the news again.  Known by many names, including Buruli ulcer, Barnsdale ulcer and Mossman ulcer, infection with Mycobacterium ulcerans causes severe, debilitating ulcers of the skin and soft tissue.  This bacterium is in the same genus as tuberculosis and leprosy.  Reports show Continue Reading