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Bugs vs Drugs Science GalleryYesterday the Science Gallery was the venue for a Health Research Board (HRB) sponsored talk on antimicrobial resistance entitled “Bugs versus Drugs”. It was an evening of insightful discussion between Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick (Consultant Microbiologist Beaumont Hospital and Senior Lecturer at RCSI), Dr Andrew Murphy (a General Practitioner and Professor in NUI Galway) and science journalist Maryn McKenna. The broadcaster Jonathan McCrea hosted the conversation. As the audience included non-scientists, Dr Fitzpatrick started by explaining that while “bugs” in microbiology include bacteria, viruses and fungi, antibiotics only work against bacteria and often only against a specific type of bacteria. Antibiotic resistance refers to the strategies bacteria develop to prevent antibiotics from acting against them.

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Gabriel Scientific, in conjunction with airmid healthgroup, launched The Pillow Check Up 2013 on RTE Radio 1’s The Mooney Show on the 17th of April. Listeners were invited to send their pillows for analysis at airmid healthgroup’s laboratories to measure the levels of mould, allergens and bacteria present in pillows around Ireland. The results revealed that one third of pillows sampled had evidence of dust mite allergen. All of the pillows were found to harbour bacteria, just under a third of which at high levels, while half contained detectable levels of mould. A variety of mould and bacterial species were identified including Candida, Aspergillus, Rhodoltorula, and Streptococcus.

john_f_2_smallThere is a bewildering array of ISO and ASTM antimicrobial surface validation studies and a whole host of biocidal activity testing available. It can be very complex for companies to navigate their way through this and the results they get may not always translate into market valuable data. Control of indoor pathogens on surfaces and in the air is a highly topical issue, so we asked John Fallon PhD, Head of Microbiology at airmid healthgroup, to talk us through some of the testing we do at the laboratory and the relevance of this testing.

The 11th World Filtration Congress starts today and will embrace the whole spectrum of filtration and separation technologies from around the world for five days from 16th- 20th April 2012. It will be held in Graz, a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is the largest and most important Filtration Event in 2012 world-wide. Exhibitors from the world-wide filtration and separation industry, manufacturers of particle measurement instruments as well as related industries will feature the latest innovations and technology. airmid healthgroup will be there joining the debate on Airborne Infectious Agents, Aerobiology Research and Ultrafine particles.