Saturday Reading


Aspergillus, a fungus that lives on the healthy human body, but can also cause deadly infections. (Wellcome Images)

Scientists have warned that potentially deadly fungal infections are acquiring resistance to many of the medicines currently used to combat them. More than a million people die of fungal infections every year, including about 7,000 in the UK, and deaths are likely to increase as resistance continues to rise.

Researchers say the widespread use of fungicides on crops is one of the main causes of the rise in fungal resistance, which mirrors the rise of resistance to antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections in humans.

“There are close parallels between bacterial and fungal resistance, though the problems we face with the latter are particularly worrying,” said Prof Adilia Warris, a co-director of the newly opened Centre for Medical Mycology at Aberdeen University.

“There are more than 20 different classes of antibacterial agents. By contrast, there are only four classes of anti-fungal agents. Our armoury for dealing with deadly fungi is much smaller than the one we have for dealing with bacteria.

“We cannot afford to lose the few drugs we have – particularly as very little funding is being made available for research into fungi and fungal infections.”



Hope I did not spoil your holiday BBQ with fungus discussion,
you need to be aware it exists however.


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29 Responses to Saturday Reading

  1. Den says:

    There’s a fungus among us.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Just 56 °F out in the mostly sun.


  3. jimhitchcock says:

    Thanks to the eroding of cold war biases, we can now chow down on Vietnamese cuisine, and who knows, if they desire, redneck bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd can now hop on a Southwest 737 flight to Havana and jam with the Buena Vista Social Club.

    As goofy as our political differences seem today, we always seem to find our way.


  4. jimhitchcock says:

    ‘In 1886, Henry Bergh sought to promote a better life for people and animals alike. He understood that the measure of any society is characterized by that society’s treatment of the defenseless.’

    -ASPCA pamphlet


  5. David B. Benson says:

    ColorOfChange . org offers the thesis that college tuition is so high is due to racism; keep Those People out.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Just 40 minutes around the long way to the Tokyo Seoul. Briefly met the composer of the piano and electronic music piece played last Thursday night. He was along the trail with his two young boys, twins I think. Also saw a tree full of perched magpies and black birds. A little surprised that they would share a tree.

    Lentil Street parking lot is full of RVs as is the city RV park; football game @ 5 pm.

    The repaving of the running track around the city playfield is finished. I don’t know why they bothered as I didn’t see anything wrong with it.


    • David B. Benson says:

      I’m surprised that I am the only customer at the Tokyo Seoul until just this moment.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Another 9 minutes out to the community garden, there to watch the little pale yellow butterflies we have so many of this year. Some were playing chase games. Also noticed a couple of solitary bees making the rounds of the late flowers.

      Then back right along the path towards home. Saw a tidings of magpies fighting over a morsel. Made it up the College Hill Climb and Maple Street Extension without a pause and at a decent pace. All told, 92 minutes today and nothing very noticeable.

      Day 7: 260+92=352 minutes; not too shabby.


  7. jimhitchcock says:

    The thing is (Micki) is that I cannot stand HRC.

    Otoh, there is the lunatic.

    Think I’ll hop on my skateboard and ride it over the cliff of oblivion.

    I’m KIDDING! I don’t give up that easy


    • David B. Benson says:

      ?? Micki can’t stand HRC either. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is having enough people vote for her.


      • jimhitchcock says:

        None of the above needs validation. Other than that, Ralph Nader MN


        • David B. Benson says:

          Probably not but it does need considerable explication as some of us only know ordinary American English, not the code words and phrases.


        • jimhitchcock says:

          Other than typos expressed on 5′ screens, I do not know what you mean

          Meanwhile, a Papa Johns just opened a half block away from me. Don’t much care for the CEO, ordered a delivery anyway.

          Been 25 minutes…


        • David B. Benson says:

          I see. I don’t think that is legal in Nevada. Yet.

          Anyway, the big issue in NV is having enough people vote for the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat that Reid is, thankfully, vacating.


        • jimhitchcock says:

          Reid is a character from! Westworld, no shit

          Nevada is slowly but surely becoming inhabited bu people with a certain sense of intelligence (Den even briefly considered it), but it’s a slow slog of progress.


        • David B. Benson says:

          At least Westworld had Yul Brynner.


  8. Den says:

    Make them open the pizza box before they leave, all slid to one side?

    Obviously cold?

    No show?
    Hit em up on YELP!


  9. David B. Benson says:

    8 pm and all’s not well.


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