Thursday, 27 September 2012

Little-known fecal transplant cures woman's bacterial infection

Very interesting story on what can be done after a C.diff infection! This is why VRE/ESBL/MRSA organisms must be taken seriously and work needs to be done to prevent over use of antibiotics. Also, proper sanitization of hospital equipement and areas.

Little-known fecal transplant cures woman's bacterial infection -

After surviving a near-fatal car accident, Kaitlin Hunter found herself battling a devastating bacterial infection in her colon that also threatened her life.

The persistent infection was beaten through a little-known technique involving the transplant of fecal matter from Hunter's mother, which put healthy bacteria back into her colon.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Is it science or is it art?

I framed my first Titan protein gel from Chemistry last year. As you can see, I managed to not apply sample in two of the lanes but hey, it still turned out ok!

It was an easy thing to put together. I already had the frame from Winners ($6) and the craft paper was a purchase at Ikea of all places for 10 cents. Put it together and bam, cute framed art!

I love to keep all my science-y things to remind myself of where I started and where I'm going.

Do you have keepsakes from school? I know it's an unlikely place to have them from!


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Flu and Societies

School has been busy for the last two weeks.

I am currently in the throes of organizing a bake sale in support of our Light The Night fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. We have a had a ton of support from the students and staff of the school and have already cleared $200 after 2 days of sales!

On top of this, I am the newly elected president of our Med Lab Students' Society! While I did not expect this nomination, I am excited to get going with events for our newly created society. I am already organizing some events including speakers and networking events for people to enjoy. If you have any ideas on what some passion health care students would like to see, leave a comment.

While this has been going on, I caught the flu which I am struggling with. My throat is closing up and I'm trying to fight it off with loads of peppermint tea and rest. Anyone else catching the fall flu? Unfortunately, fall is flu season so if you are eligible for the flu vaccination, please go and get vaccinated! Check out the Toronto Public Health Website here:

I am in the midst of typing up a post on flu vaccinations right now and you should see it in a few weeks!


Saturday, 1 September 2012

Light The Night

I am the head of a fundraising effort the Michener Med Lab program is putting forth to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada by participating in Light The Night Walk.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Light The Night Walk is the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope to all those affected by blood cancer. The walk will take place on October 3rd, 2012 at David Pecaut Square in Downtown Toronto.

Our current fundraising goal is $2000 for the group with individual fundraising goals of $100. If an individual is able to raise $100 they will be eligible for a t-shirt and a light up balloon to carry in support of the cause, in support of someone with cancer or someone who as passed on.

All donations over $25 are eligible for a tax receipt! If you can't make the $25 donation any amount helps make a difference. The cost of a Starbucks Latte is all I'm asking!

I will also be planning further events within Michener to help raise money (bake sale, 50/50 etc) so if you want to participate then as well, I encourage it!

My donation page is here: Krista's Donation Page and I'd love if you could take a look and pass it on to someone else if you can't donate now. Appreciate your support!