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Antifungal Combination Therapy: A Step Forward

Combination therapy for IA benefits the moderately ill patients most
The first large (454 participants) randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter trial study on combination therapy shows a 11% improvement in survival at 6 weeks (which is a 42% improvement compared with treating with voriconazole alone). All patients received voriconazole and half also received anidulafungin.

Could fungus be the next big killer? Experts warn fungal diseases now cause more deaths than malaria and tuberculosis

The Daily Mail (UK national newspaper) recently published the following story based on four main points made by Professor Rosemary Barnes of Cardiff University:

Figures show fungal diseases cause hundreds of thousands of deaths
Death often follows severe respiratory illness and infections of the blood
Experts warn fungi kill more people than malaria and tuberculosis globally
They also destroy

Poor Ventilation of Homes Causes Health Problems for the Occupants

53% of homes in the East of England are affected by mould, according to a recent survey. Although this relies on self reported impressions of owners own homes and we do not know how many were polled to form this satistic, this is still quite a shocking statistic.

Many of us would probably say that poorly maintained homes and the rental market are probably the main properties that are likely to

The Larget Living Thing on Earth - a Fungus!

If you were asked what the largest living thing was what would you guess?





The Blue Whale? 





A Canadian Redwood?


The Blue Whale IS pretty big at 24m in length and its tongue alone is the size of an African Elephant. Canadian Redwood trees are huge at 100m in height but neither come close to the current largest living thing on earth!

You might think fungi are pretty small and certainly

Energy Efficient Homes Are Also Asthma Causing Homes

The UK government have for some time been supporting (by deed and funding) the construction and renovation of our homes so that they meet very strict energy efficiency requirements. As a direct consequence insulation has been lavishly funded while there has been little or no emphasis on introducing fresh air into properties i.e. via ventilation - presumably because ventilation can cause heat

Allergy to Christmas Tree's Is Not Only Caused By Moulds

Some years ago and more recently in the media it has been noted that small studies on mould found on live Christmas tree's brought into the home for the festive period suggest that the amount of moulds on the tree slowly increased over the days it spends in your home. We recommended at the time that as a result it would be best if people who are sensitive to moulds remove these trees after 7

Turn Plastics into Food - Using Fungi!

Microbiologists and two designers have come up with a device dubbed the Fungi Mutarium, which is capable of turning biodegradable plastic into -- hold your breath -- edible mushrooms!

The Fungi Mutarium is the brainchild of Livin, an Austrian design studio, and Utrecht University, which aimed to create a device that could break down man-made trash and at the same time grow tasty edibles.

The

Environmentally Friendly Nanotechnology using Fungi

Nanotechnology is a rapidly developing science and a number of methods are now available for producing nanoparticles. However, some of these methods employ high energy requirements, low material conversions and the use of hazardous chemicals. Hence, there is a growing need to develop eco-friendly nanoparticle synthesis methods.
Biosynthetic methods such as those that employ plant extracts or

Chocolate Frosty Pod Rot = World Shortage of Chocolate!

Originally reported by Jennifer Frazer in the Scientific American Journal:

For a long time frosty pod rot was relatively confined to Colombia, Ecuador, and western Venezuela in northwest South America. Since the 1950s, it has spread throughout South and Central America, reaching Panama in 1956, Costa Rica in 1978, Nicaragua in 1980, Peru  in 1988, Honduras in 1997, Guatemala in 2002, Belize