Maggots and wound healing

Using maggots for wound healing? Indeed that is currently being practised in certain places to reduce length of hospital stay. These maggots are said to eat dead flesh and leaves the healthy ones intact. Home nursing is essential especially in application of these maggots! Would you want maggots on your wounds?

Check this out

LarvE

Case Report: Maggot therapy in Acute Burns

Case Study: Larval therapy in for an infected insect bite

MRSA, macrophages and maggots. (Clinical Review).(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

Awal Muharram

Today is Awal Muharram , a public holiday in Malaysia. So I decided it fitting to know what it is all about. I quote from http://www.regit.com

AWAL MUHARRAM (MAAL HIJRAH)

Celebrated by Muslims as the day symbolises two happy event in a Muslim’s life. The start of Muslim year or calendar, Muharram, coincides with Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Medina on the first of Muharram in 622AD. To signify this occasion, Muslims attend to various religious activities, spiritual singing, religious meeting throughout the country.

Enjoy the holidays!

CAP & Stem Cell Research

Comsumer Association of Penang’s president, SM Mohammad Idris, has been getting of everyone’s nerves. He has reshaped himself to champion the rights of patients and has repeatedly unjustifiably attacked the integrity of doctors. He even recently tried to lecture doctors in medicine in particular gender-based issues. This comes from someone with no medical background who probably does not understand much about what he is saying. A little knowledge for him is certainly a dangerous thing. Why is he doing this? For popularity perhaps? I guess the best strategy is to ignore such fools.

Stem cell research has been growing in popularity. It could be the next medical breakthrough for diseases incurable before this, for example, diabetes, parkinson’s, heart disease etc… Although it will take further research, i am sure one fine day the breakthrough will be achieved.

stemcellresearchnews.com

Stem Cell Information, National Institute of Health

stemcellresearch.org

Singapore is now wooing our students to their universities. Looks like the brain drain will worsen. Local universities should buck up and be more competitive. Stop resting on your laurels. Do not be like Proton and expect to be protected. Local universities have to fight for their share of brilliant students and staff alike. The process of meritocracy is the foundation of a good university and should be practised. Meritocracy in Malaysia is like its democracy. It is only practised partially with the racial divide still pretty obvious.

The condition of the civil service is not any better than its education counterparts. It is sluggish, inefficient, lazy, corrupted and grossly incompetent. How are we to improve such services? Low pay remains the main obstacle. Even the process of promotion is shrouded in secrecy with no transparency. Good workers are not adequately rewarded but instead incompetent chronic workers are given their “long-awaited” promotions despite a poor working record. Due to its low pay, good workers shy away and all the civil service ends up with are the second hand goods. Many civil servants feel that it is a safe haven where disciplinary actions are rare and obstructed by a bureaucratic process. Dismissals are almost non-existent.

The civil service is indeed in bad shape. The recent anti-corruption drive is much welcomed. It is only hoped that it will be an on-going process and not a political ploy sacrifising unimportant pawns. The success of a nation lies in the government and its civil service. Thus its problem should be rectified first.