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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Some of the Recommended Readings as an Introduction to Microbiology

Medical Microbiology is an important subject for medical students as many diseases are caused by infectious agents. Often there is little time to catch up with familiarizing with the basics of Microbiology because of the many other things to be read so that there may be a need to zero in on some important points as an Introduction to Microbiology. Among them are:

  • Difference between Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes and Viruses.
  • The Bacterial Cell Structure including External appendages and special structures.
  • Difference between a gram-positive and gram-negative cell wall especially that gram-staining is very important in the Microbiology laboratory. This post with video may help.
  • The acid fast cell wall.
  • Gram-staining, acid fast staining and what happens at each step.
  • The Bacterial Growth Curve and the phases.
  • Host-Parasite Relationship and the types of symbiotic relationship
  • Mode of transmission
  • Virulence factors and the role of plasmids, phages, pathogenecity islands, etc.
  • Difference between exotoxin and endotoxin
  • Host defense mechanisms
  • DNA, plasmids and transposable elements and their significance
  • The Operon concept and the operon components
  • Mutation: transversion vs. transition; silent, missense vs. nonsense; frameshift mutations; significance; 
  • Mechanisms of gene transfer
  • Horizontal gene transfer: Conjugation, Transformation, Transduction and their differences
Any Medical Microbiology textbook can be used to study the above topics. Some good online Microbiology references for me are found in this free medical book site.
Offline references which may or may not contain topics mentioned above but are used often in Philippine medical schools such as CIM are (I can name two):
  1. Jawetz, Melnick and Adelberg's Medical Microbiology
  2. Bailey and Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology (with more focus on microbiology laboratory aspect)
Welcome to the new schoolyear Philippine medical students!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Coffee Dream now in Benedicto College A.S. Fortuna

One of the favorite hangout of a lot of doctors and medical students are coffee shops. For the part of the students, they make these coffee shops a study area. For doctors, as so are many Filipinos who are always on the go, they frequent coffee shops to take breakfast, read the news, relax, catching up with friends, discuss  business and other important matters or just simply chill.

Filipinos not just doctors are generally coffee lovers. Practically everyone likes to take a cup of coffee as they wake up.

And so it may come as good news for those residing in the A.S. Fortuna area, that Mr. Glenn Soco (yes, Glenn Soco, the once vice gubernatorial bet and Coffee Dream Inc. President) and associates has decided to open a coffee shop branch in Benedicto College, A.S. Fortuna, Mandaue City.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Save our Coral Reefs and Seas

Save the Philippine Seas!

More and more dolphins, whales, fishes surfacing in our seas to die. The signs are there.

Our coral reefs the size of cities removed from their natural habitat and sold illegally.

Soon there will be nothing to fish. Goodbye "tinuwang isda", goodbye fresh "sinugbang isda".

The very seas we frequent during summer proudly being shown to our Facebook walls, in danger of becoming lifeless.

Without our aquatic resources, we also lose a good source of medicine.

We must save our seas now. Let your voices be heard, your tweets be seen. Express your concern for our seas and coral reefs on Facebook.

Use the Twitter hashtag #reefwatchPH and/or #savePHseas and make the message known especially this June 8. 

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