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How a common anti-fungal drug could help stop brain disease

Uncategorized Aug 16, 2020
 

Good afternoon. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. And this week on the live stream, I had some really fascinating research that I want to bring to your attention. And it is focusing on another type of problem that has a strong microbiological underpinning. And it is particularly important because we're going to be focusing on not just infections and asthma-related respiratory problems caused by fungi, but we're going to take a look at how these are possibly linked to a range of different brain diseases or brain disorders. And so the topic of today's live stream is how a common anti-fungal drug could help stop brain diseases.

To put this in context, I want to share a bit of a personal story with you because many years ago, when I was doing some postgraduate training in industrial microbiology, one of my lecturers was Warren Baker. And I want to tell you this personal story because it sets in context why I'm bringing you this live stream and why this...

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Some New Facts About Black Mould Sinusitus

Uncategorized Aug 10, 2020
 

Good afternoon. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. This week I'm going to bring you a very exciting show on the topic of black mould, the infamous Stachybotrys. If you have ever considered that your home or property could be contaminated with mould, you've probably looked up online and you've probably found page after page referring to something called black mould or Stachybotrys chartarum. This is the most infamous black mould. It's not as common as people think, but there has been an increasing amount of research done. I'm going to be taking you through this week some of the key publications as well as one which is just come out in the research literature, which is talking about a patient who presented to the medical clinic with a sinusitis infection. It was typed out to be Stachybotrys.

In any case, we're going to get into this publication and what this means to you, but I want to firstly overview you on what we're going to be talking about...

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What You Need to Know about Facemasks to Reduce Exposure and Transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

Uncategorized Jul 29, 2020
 

Hello there, my name's Dr. Cameron Jones from Biological Health Services. Thanks for joining me on another live stream. And we are continuing our investigation into various different aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic. And this week, one of the things that I want to get into is this issue of face masks. It seems to be a topic on everyone's lips, certainly.

And certainly, if you're in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, face masks are mandatory now when we go out into the public. And there are a number of reasons for that. Now, there's been a lot that has been discussed in the mainstream media and in social media. I wanted to bring a different set of pieces of information to the table this week as it were.

And the reason for that is that there is appearing to be really, in a sense, a bit of confusion about whether face masks are good or aren't good, whether or not there will or won't be fines. Certainly, in my own neighborhood, I'm seeing a lot of compliance with face mask-wearing....

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Could Iodine Nasal & Oral Antiseptics Help Protect You Against SARS-CoV-2?

Uncategorized Jul 19, 2020
 

Hello and good evening. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. Now, this is actually the second recording because the first one that I did a few minutes ago, there's something wrong with the audio. In any case, there's nothing worse than a Livestream with poor audio. So I am repeating the Livestream and what I'm going to be focusing on today really emerged because every week I have to go through the research literature, I'm looking for interesting facts in the research literature to bring to your attention. And obviously the focus of The Mould Show is on fungal biology and its impact on health. But increasingly with the COVID-19 pandemic, I'm certainly very aware of the importance of infection control and the various different publications that are out there that are focusing on practical infection control interventions. And so I want to bring to your attention something called: Could Iodine Nasal and Oral Antiseptics Help Protect You Against...

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Evidence for the Association Between Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Exposure to Mould

Uncategorized Jul 12, 2020
 

Good afternoon. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist, and we're doing this live stream from my office. We are currently in Melbourne Australia, and we are undergoing our second lockdown. In any case, I hope everyone's keeping safe. I hope you're all wearing masks. Today, however, we're going to take a break from discussing the infection control issues surrounding SARS-CoV-2, and we're going to revert to mould and water damage.

And specifically, in today's show, I wanted to take a very close look at a range of symptoms and exposure issues that can occur inside water damaged buildings, which can be defined as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). The reason I want to focus on this, is that I increasingly come upon clients who have been exposed to water damaged buildings, and they describe a constellation of symptoms which are well described by multiple chemical sensitivity. So I've gone into the research literature and I found not one, but two papers...

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Surface Testing for COVID Can Reveal Pre-Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Hotspots

Uncategorized Jul 06, 2020
 

Hello, my name is Dr. Cameron Jones, and I'm an Environmental Microbiologist, and today, I've got a very important show on. The reason for this is because obviously, all of us are being affected by the coronavirus, and our laboratory is certainly undertaking whatever we can do to help with coronavirus identification, especially of sites that may harbor COVID-19 cases. How are we doing that? Well, I'm going to explain to you. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been talking a lot about surface contamination.

Obviously, all of you would be familiar with the concept of clinical testing, that is the nose or throat swab collection, to determine whether or not you are presymptomatic, asymptomatic, or actually have symptoms of COVID-19, but what about the level of environmental contamination? That's what we're going to be focusing on today.

I'm going to be reviewing what certainly I and my lab has learnt about this over the last couple of weeks and months, and I'm going to be reviewing two...

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Look How Easy It Is To Detect The Coronavirus On Surfaces At A Shopping Centre

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2020
 

Good afternoon. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones, and I'm an environmental microbiologist. And this week, we have a very interesting and important show. Obviously, for those who tune in every week, you know that we focus on various different aspects of public health and environmental health surveillance. And this week, we're going to be focusing on how you can go about testing your environment for the presence or absence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

And I've just checked on my phone, what the statistics are for Australia today. And the total number of cases is 37, with 30 new cases recorded here in Victoria. So this is very unfortunate news. Certainly, countries like Australia and New Zealand have been showing a very good response in terms of flattening the curve. And so today's show is really all about one aspect of this coronavirus pandemic. And that is, what is the level of the virus, the coronavirus out in public, especially on high hand-touch surfaces.

And so, the topic of today's...

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If You're Older and Prone to Asthma Watch This

Uncategorized Jun 25, 2020
 

Good afternoon. My name is Dr Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. This week I have a very interesting show, which has evolved really from the last couple of inspections I've done in the last few weeks, but before I go any further, I want to give you a bit of an overview because this is actually a birthday show. I've been doing these live streams every week now, and a whole year has gone by. That's right, 52 live streams.

As many of you know who have been following the live stream on Facebook, we turned a lot of them into podcasts. So, I just wanted to say that I've enjoyed presenting these live streams and developing the podcasts out overwhelmingly focusing on indoor air quality and mould. Certainly, in the last couple of months, we've been looking at other areas of infection control and yes, SARS-CoV-2 to has taken up a lot of time, but this is because it is highly topical. It is related to the indoor living environment. There have been lots to say about this. So...

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Some Tips On What You Should Do If You Discover Mould On Your Framing Timbers During New Home Construction

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2020
 

Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. Now, I apologize for the delay in getting to this week's live stream for The Mould Show, but I want to talk about something very important, especially in Australia, as we are moving into winter.

We get calls very often talking about water damage to new home construction. And I started my morning this morning, bright and early, going to a pair of townhouses that have been water damaged and the owners of the townhouses, not very happy because mould started appearing on a lot of the framing timbers. And so I want to talk to you today about this important topic and essentially what we're going to be focusing on is what do you do about this when you discover mould growing on these framing timbers? Do you just hope for the best? Do you hope it's going to go away or do you do something about it?

And certainly as an environmental microbiologist, we're always concerned when customers call up or...

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Five Facts About Fungi You Could Have Missed Because Of All The Recent Attention On COVID

Uncategorized Jun 07, 2020
 

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of The Mould Show. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. And certainly for the last couple of months, all of us have been preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic. But because I'm an environmental microbiologist, today I'm going to be getting back to talking about fungi. And in fact, I'm going to be talking about five aspects of fungi and why they are such a significant threat to us from an infection and allergy point of view, but also in terms of their impact on crops and food security. And I'm going to be going through some of the reasons why fungi are considerably neglected. And certainly, as we've seen with the COVID-19 pandemic, people are talking about the fact that humanity and policymakers were very much underprepared for this significant threat. I would argue that scientists are significantly underprepared for the impact that fungi have on society and on public health and so that is going to be the focus...

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