Mycobacterial disease, an ancient scourge of mankind, still remains an enigma to medical world. The scourge, once thought to have been conquered with the advent of BCG vaccine, is still desired a lot to be known. Its atypical variety known as nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) has come to the fore as the burden of geriatric population is increasing because of diseases such as AIDS and various modern treatment modalities for organ transplant or oncology therapies, which are being used more frequently, creating a pool of immunocompromised population susceptible to this infection. Besides this, minimal-access laparoscopic surgeries have exposed our population to the hazards of the infections caused by the environmental microbes earlier unknown to cause fulminant infections. Similarly, waterborne NTM, once thought to be of no consequence, is increasingly recognized as a cause of various skin/soft tissue infections following a surgical procedure.

Currently, more than 80 species of NTM have been described. If an organism takes 7 days or more to grow, it is slow growing (types 1, 2, and 3), whereas the ones growing in <7 days are rapid growers (type 4).

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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