Antibiotic alternatives: ‘We kind of pride ourselves in my research group of doing the crazy stuff’

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As the world loses its upper hand in the antibiotic arms race, it raises the specter of un-treatable infections resulting from routine surgeries. But a Canadian scientist has discovered a surprising source of potential antibiotic options. Over the past few months, there’s been grim evidence of the march to a post-antibiotic world. Last week, for instance, U.S. researchers said they’d identified what could be the … Read More

New Zika Clone Could be New Model for Developing Vaccine

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Stopping the explosive spread of Zika virus – which can lead to birth defects in babies born to infected mothers – depends on genetic insights gleaned through new tools and models. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health recently cloned an epidemic strain of the virus, creating a model that can help biologists develop and test strategies for stopping the … Read More

Time of Day Influences Our Susceptibility to Infection, Study Finds

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We are more susceptible to infection at certain times of the day as our body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may help explain why shift workers, whose body clocks are routinely disrupted, … Read More

Could Yellow Fever Virus Cause a Zika-like Epidemic in the Americas

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Yellow fever virus (YFV), a close relative of Zika virus and transmitted by the same type of mosquito, is the cause of an often-fatal viral hemorrhagic fever and could spread via air travel from endemic areas in Africa to cause international epidemics. The recent reemergence and spread of YFV in Africa and Asia and the dire shortage of YFV vaccine … Read More

Anthrax Capsule Vaccine Shown to Protect Against Lethal Inhalational Anthrax in Primate Model

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Vaccination with the anthrax capsule–a naturally occurring component of the bacterium that causes the disease–completely protected monkeys from lethal anthrax infection, according to a study published online this week in the journal VACCINE. These results indicate that anthrax capsule is a highly effective vaccine component that should be considered for incorporation in future generation anthrax vaccines. Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium … Read More

Crisis over syphilis treatment as Canada running out of drug used to treat potentially deadly infection

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With syphilis spreading in Canada at rates unseen in decades, doctors are struggling to cope with a shortage of the main drug used to treat the potentially deadly infection. The Public Health Agency of Canada took the rare step recently of posting guidelines on how to ration Bicillin, and what alternative medications might be appropriate in some cases. It’s the … Read More

Grown-ups need vaccines too

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By Dr. Brian Goldman Debates and discussions around booster vaccinations usually focus on infants or children. But grown-ups should be rolling up their sleeves,too. Unfortunately, far too few adults are getting booster shots. There are several reasons why not.  Adult immunization hasn’t been on the radar screen. When we talk only about vaccines in kids, we may be sending the message that … Read More

FDA Proposes Ban on Most Powdered Medical Gloves

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Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the United States. While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to healthcare providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling. The proposed … Read More

‘Substantial proportion’ of U.S. measles cases linked to anti-vaxxers, study suggests’

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A recently published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says “the phenomenon of vaccine refusal” increases the risk for measles among individuals who are not or refuse to get vaccinated, and among those who are already fully vaccinated. Measles, a disease that was considered eliminated 16 years ago in the U.S., has made a comeback in which … Read More

Significant increase in flu-related deaths and hospitalizations across Alberta | Globalnews.ca

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The south region has now reported its first flu-related death. In Calgary, Alberta Health Services says: Ten individuals have died after having lab-confirmed influenza at the time of death; None of the fatal cases had been immunized; Eight were between 18 and 64 years old; Two were over age 65; Two of the 10 fatal cases had A H3N2; seven … Read More