Communion Hosts, Canon Law and Coeliac Disease: A Solution

I’m Catholic, I’m an immunologist, and I have coeliac disease. So I’m giving this a crack. This post has some religion [here defined as a concept or belief that cannot be disproved] and some science. For a rational debate to occur, we must accept the co-existence of those two concepts. Is coeliac disease an allergy? […]

A Guide To Trip-Hop Cuisine

If trip-hop is not one of your regular food adventures, you might give it a go. It’s a style of cooking that arose in the UK in the last decade of the 20th century. The most famous restaurants were in Bristol. But a warning. At it’s worst, trip-hop is electronic goulash laced with Valium. However, […]

EpiPen Recall Australia March 2017

We are advised by the distributor of EpiPen in Australia (Alphapharm) that the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) has initiated a recall of certain EpiPens. These are Batch numbers 5FA665, 5FA6651, 5FA6652 and 5FA6653 with expiry April 2017. All are 300mcg dose. Other batches of the 300mcg and all 150mcg doses are not currently affected by […]

Must Be The One Whose Magic Touch Can Change Your Mind

The Walrus and the Carpenter had eaten all the oysters. Alice is confident about which character she prefers. Or is she? “I like the Walrus best,” said Alice, “because you see he was a little sorry for the poor oysters.” “He ate more than the Carpenter, though,” said Tweedledee. “You see he held his handkerchief […]

I’m In Awe Of A Beautiful Floor

I’m in awe Of a beautiful floor   I esteem The Olympic Team   I’d revere A long cold beer   But I grump When I think of Trump

Learning From 2016 And 2010: Risk And Resources For Thunderstorm Asthma In Melbourne

30 second read For a description of this syndrome and explanation of weather maps, see previous post. High risk: Mid-October to Mid-December, highest risk in November Spring hay fever Usually past or present asthma, or very slight chest symptoms in spring, often disregarded. Many have NO past history of asthma or chest symptoms Weather patterns […]

Can We Predict Thunderstorm Asthma In Melbourne?

  4 minute read What is thunderstorm asthma? Thunderstorm asthma is a rare dramatic onset of severe asthma in pollen allergic people during the pollen season. How long have we known about it? This syndrome is well-documented in the allergy literature, with original observations done 25 years ago. Thunderstorm asthma has occurred four times in […]