How fungi kill millions globally
What do you think of when you hear the word fungi? Mushrooms? Athlete's foot? General mold?
Whatever comes to mind, the fact is that when most of us think of fungal infections, we think of something mild and unpleasant at best.
But these tiny organisms can be fatal and kill an estimated 1.5 million people globally each year. It's a shockingly high figure and is greater than the number of people who die from malaria, more than twice the number of women who die from breast cancer, and an equivalent number to those who die from tuberculosis, or HIV, each year, according to professor Neil Gow, President of the Microbiology Society.
"Almost nobody has heard of Cryptococcus, Candida, or Aspergillus, but the three of those probably account for more than a million deaths every year," says Gow.
He estimates that the fungus Cryptococcus, which mainly affects people with HIV in sub Saharan Africa, is killing between 200-600,000 people every year.
From mild to deadly
Not all infections are fatal. Treatable skin infections, or dermaticites, could be considered the most common fungal infection of all, affecting as many as 1-2 billion people, and resulting in ringworm, athlete's foot and even dandruff, says Gow.
"Prevention is better than a cure," says Gow.
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Museum invites viewers to use 18-karat gold toilet
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City museum is offering visitors a chance to sit on a golden throne, but only in private.
As part of his "America" exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced the toilet in the museum's fourth-floor restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold.
Viewers are invited to use the solid gold toilet just as they would any other facility.
It's the first piece Cattelan has exhibited since his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim. It opens on Friday.
The museum says on its website that the exhibit "offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all.
Ryder Cup golf is on today. USA was up when I was writing this, let hope it continues.
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