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

2015 Year in Review

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2015 has been a year where we have been fortunate enough to be able to help a number of families recover their home from trauma or loss of a loved one. We really take pride in our work and will often go above and beyond to make sure that our clients and families are well taken care of. Every job … Read More

Vomiting machine reveals throwing up could send norovirus airborne

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With the help of a vomiting machine, a new study has provided the first evidence that vomiting can send virus particles similar to those of the human norovirus airborne. The study provides the first evidence that vomiting could aerosolize the norovirus. North Carolina State University researchers state that their study, published in PLOS ONE, will have implications for better understanding … Read More

Home-brewed opiates serious public health concern – University of Alberta

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For centuries, alcohol fermentation using sugar and yeast has been commonplace throughout the globe. Synthetic biologists have now gone much further. They have completed the key steps to turn yeast cells into microbial factories that can convert sugar into morphine. There is potential to produce other drugs, such as antibiotics and cancer therapies. In a recently published paper in Nature … Read More

Noroviruses Can Spread by Air

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Noroviruses, a group of viruses responsible for more than half of global gastroenteritis cases, can spread by air up to several meters from an infected person according to a new study by Université Laval researchers. The discovery, details of which are presented in the latest issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, suggests that measures applied in hospitals during gastroenteritis outbreaks may … Read More

New funding will support nationwide focus on substance misuse

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University of Alberta (Edmonton) Substance misuse and addiction is a complex health and social issue that affects as many as 21 per cent of Canadians. It transcends social, economic and geographic borders. And though there are many interventions and treatment strategies known to have positive results, few have been widely implemented across the country. That will change with the announcement … Read More

Virology powerhouse – University of Alberta

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Michael Houghton “Back in the ’60s and ’70s, we thought we had pretty much conquered infectious disease,” wryly notes Michael Houghton, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Virology at the U of A. But then came HIV and SARS, new pandemic influenza strains and an awakening to the damage wrought by hepatitis viruses. Any sense of complacency was shattered, and … Read More

Can Humans Get Norovirus From Their Dogs?

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Human norovirus may infect our canine companions, according to research published online April 1 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. That raises the possibility of dog-to-human transmission, said first author Sarah Caddy, VetMB, PhD, MRCVS, a veterinarian and PhD student at the University of Cambridge, and Imperial College, London, UK. Norovirus is … Read More