Geoff Higgins

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Trichomonas vaginalis is the cause of one of the most common types of vaginitis, trichomoniasis. The incidence of trichomoniasis in developed countries has decreased substantially during the past decade, but high prevalence of this disease can still be found in rural and remote areas of Australia. Clinical manifestations of symptomatic women are generally(More)
A real time RT-PCR, using the LightCycler, was developed and compared with rapid antigen enzyme immunoassay (AgEIA) and enhanced virus culture for rapid detection of influenza A viruses in stored and prospectively collected respiratory specimens. Specific hybridization probes were used for simultaneous detection and differentiation between H1N1 and H3N2(More)
The prevalence of anaemia and the occasional unexpected finding of low serum folic acid and vitamin-B12 concentrations in aged inpatients prompted this investigation. Anaemia, usually with normoblastic haemopoiesis, is common in the elderly (Bedford and Wollner, 1958; Lawson, 1960; Geill, 1962). Serum folic acid concentrations may be in the lower half of(More)
Prompt laboratory diagnosis of Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection facilitates patient management and possible initiation of antiviral therapy. In our laboratory, which receives various specimen types for detection of HSV, we use enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for rapid detection and culture of this virus. The culture of HSV has traditionally been accepted as(More)
A single tube nested 'hanging droplet' PCR was developed for detection of cutaneous human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA of the phylogenetic group B1. The nested PCR was compared with a single round PCR method by testing 56 fresh biopsies from Australian skin tumour patients. HPV DNA was detected in 64% (36/56) of the biopsies by nested PCR and in 30% (17/56) by(More)
From a basal cell carcinoma (BCC) the complete genome of candidate human papillomavirus (HPV) type 92 was characterized. Phylogenetically, the candidate HPV 92 was relatively distantly related to other cutaneous HPV types within the B1 group. By quantitative real time PCR, 94 viral copies were present per cell in the BCC and another BCC contained 1 viral(More)
Four IgG(1kappa) monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against Influenza A/Chicken/Vietnam/8/2004 (H5N1) virus are described. Three of these showed neutralizing activities against H5N1 strains from clades 1, 2 and 3 using a retroviral pseudotype or live virus microneutralization assay. In the pseudotype assay, the IC(90) neutralizing titre range was >1600-51,200,(More)
We report the evaluation of a pharmacist-led medication education program for the elderly. The program consisted of a single group-based education session followed by individual pre-discharge counseling. Patients also received an individual medication record card. The study design was a nonrandomised trial. Patients in the control group received a "dummy"(More)
BACKGROUND Influenza A, including avian influenza, is a major public health threat in developed and developing countries. Rapid and accurate detection is a key component of strategies to contain spread of infection, and the efficient diagnosis of influenza-like-illness is essential to protect health infrastructure in the event of a major influenza outbreak.(More)