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Ian M. Mackay
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virologist. nerd. father. reader. writer. fixer. bad typist. pro-immunisation. not ranked in any particular order.
virologist. nerd. father. reader. writer. fixer. bad typist. pro-immunisation. not ranked in any particular order.

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Haemagglutination (hemagglutination if you’re from the US) is the sticking (-agglutination) together of red blood cells (RBCs). Haem is the iron-containing, oxygen-transporting portion of haemoglobin, a molecule found in RBCs. This laboratory method has…
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Communication is at the heart of human interaction and yet science and outreach do not automatically go hand in hand. Sometimes it seems that science and medicine have forgotten how to communicate except in dense, often incredibly boring and sometimes…
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The grey (US: gray) literature is that written material which is not part of the “traditional” publishing model – unpublished, privately published or non-commercial writings.[1,2,10] GreyLit can also include blogs and tweets and other such social media…
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The Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-1 (HTLV-1) retrovirus infects an estimated 5 to 10 million people worldwide. Infection results in carriage of the virus but about 90% of carriers don’t go on to develop symptoms of disease (asymptomatic). Diseases…
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“Flu cases jump by 256% in just five years” screams a newspaper headline from the Daily Mercury, a paywalled News Corp publication. It sure seems like scary stuff doesn’t it? The headline implies a great leap in the number of Australian cases of influenza…
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As the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) looks to be under control, how much the vaccine has helped remains an unanswered question. But will it be answered with hardly any new cases being confirmed? Let’s…
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A second guest post providing some more thoughtful replies & questions to the authors of this week's Convo piece which under-explored the usefulness of the #flu vaccine.
No, the flu vaccine is not perfect, none are, but it also is not ineffective.
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A brief article about influenza (flu) vaccination appeared in the Conversation on Tuesday night. The piece, entitled “The flu vaccine is being oversold – it’s not that effective“, states that we are being given medical advice about flu vaccination that…
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A…surprising…article about influenza (flu) vaccination appeared in the Conversation today. The piece, entitled “The flu vaccine is being oversold – it’s not that effective“, tells that we are being given medical advice about flu vaccination that isn’t…
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Those closely watching the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak  – or any outbreak – will have noticed that some of the daily numbers go up and down very quickly. This churn is mostly due to the suspected cases; ill people who have signs and symptoms of…
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