SoT 208: Better Than Hookworm

December 2, 2015

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Dr. David Hawkes.

For the first time, neurosurgeons at in Canada claim to have found a way to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly to the brain, crossing the famed blood brain barrier.

Women infected with hookworms seem to have decreased fertility, while women with roundworms seem to be more fertile. Because parasitic worms are weird.

There’s some growing evidence that suggest repeated vaccination against different flu strains might diminish the flu vaccine’s effectiveness. You should still get the shot, though.

Compass is a clinical trial comparing 2.5 -yearly Pap test screening with 5- yearly Human Papillomavirus (HPV) screening. It is the first large scale clinical trial internationally to assess these screening tests in an HPV vaccinated population.

Dr Dave Hawkes is a virologist, science communicator and Molecular Microbiology Manager at Victorian Cytology Service. He’s on Twitter at @MrHawkes.