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DRC changes measles strategy amidst world’s largest outbreak

By |2020-01-12T15:23:50+00:00January 12th, 2020|

NAIROBI —The death toll from the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reached 6,000 this week. As the cases mount, the government and global health partners have called for a reframing of the response, including expanding the ongoing vaccination campaign to include older children. More reading: ► DRC struggles with deadly measles outbreak amid ongoing Ebola [...]

Study uncovers largest US outbreak of neurologic disease to date

By |2020-01-12T15:19:50+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Summary: Study connects enterovirus A71, which causes Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease, to a large outbreak of neurological illness in the U.S in 2018. Symptoms of the virus include myoclonus, ataxia, weakness, and autonomic instability. Source: Children’s Hospital Colorado The Lancet Infectious Diseases recently published the results of an observational study led by researchers on Children’s Hospital Colorado [...]

No booze is good booze? Think again, researchers say

By |2020-01-12T15:15:17+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Does drinking alcohol provide any health benefit? In a widely publicized report in The Lancet in 2018, researchers concluded that there is no healthy level of alcohol consumption. But, a new analysis of the data may offer a sliver of hope for the world’s tipplers. No health benefits of alcohol? Up until the last few years, the [...]

The C Diff Conundrum: Sources Harder to Pin Down, Making Control Difficult

By |2020-01-12T15:11:59+00:00January 12th, 2020|

How is Clostridioides difficile epidemiology changing? What risk factors are associated with community-acquired C. diff (CA-CDI)? How has molecular epidemiology improved our understanding of C. diff transmission? What are the potential novel sources of C. diff? Investigators with Duke University Medical Center certainly asked the right questions in “Novel and Emerging Sources of Clostridioides difficile Infection,” a new study published December 19 in PLOS Pathogens. The [...]

Is Canada at risk from a mysterious Chinese virus related to SARS?

By |2020-01-12T15:08:03+00:00January 12th, 2020|

For Canadians who remember the face masks, quarantines and airport screenings of the SARS epidemic, a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia in China likely caused by the same family of viruses may be raising concern. Since Dec. 12, 59 people have been hospitalized with viral pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in the central Chinese province of [...]

China’s Sars-like illness worries health experts

By |2020-01-12T15:04:48+00:00January 12th, 2020|

China’s viral pneumonia outbreak may have jumped species barrier, raising fears of pandemic The finding that the outbreak of viral pneumonia in China that has struck 59 people may be caused by a coronavirus, the family of viruses behind Sars, which spread to 37 countries in 2003, causing global panic and killing more than 750 people, [...]

Comparative therapeutic efficacy of remdesivir and combination lopinavir, ritonavir, and interferon beta against MERS-CoV

By |2020-01-12T15:01:55+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Abstract Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is the causative agent of a severe respiratory disease associated with more than 2468 human infections and over 851 deaths in 27 countries since 2012. There are no approved treatments for MERS-CoV infection although a combination of lopinavir, ritonavir and interferon beta (LPV/RTV-IFNb) is currently being evaluated in [...]

5 Foods You Should Always Have in Your Fridge

By |2020-01-12T14:56:44+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Keep these basics on hand for quick, healthy meals One secret to preparing healthy meals is having the right ingredients on hand. Here are five basics our dietitians believe no fridge should be without: 1. Eggs “Eggs really are the perfect food — especially local eggs that come from chickens you know,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, [...]

Initial genome release of novel coronavirus

By |2020-01-12T14:52:34+00:00January 12th, 2020|

The Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center & School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Central Hospital of Wuhan, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control, and the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia is [...]

5 Best Ways to Safeguard Your Joints as You Age

By |2020-01-12T14:48:46+00:00January 12th, 2020|

Take steps now to keep them in good working order If you’re like most people, you don’t think much about your joints until they start complaining. But your joints deserve attention long before they cause continuous discomfort. “Prevention really is the best medicine when it comes to joint pain,” says sports medicine physician Dominic King, DO. Here [...]