Viruses

Ancient Bacterial DNA Could Thwart a Devastating Disease

The unique bacterial DNA of CpG oligonucleotides will —reinforce the hepatitis B vaccine—and could drop liver cancer rates.<p>Hepatitis B affects around …

Public Health

Robotics startup could fight Zika by dumping mosquitoes from a drone

When it comes to solving the problem of Zika virus, we previously covered possible solutions ranging from experimental vaccines to more unorthodox …

Drones

Britain is on the brink of a measles outbreak - what symptoms you need to be looking for

Britain could be on the brink of a measles outbreak as cases have been reported in two major cities, with doctors warning a third could be hit …

Public Health

8 benefits of grapefruit oil

Grapefruit oil is extracted from the outer skin of of the fruit. Celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Carmen Electra use grapefruit oil to stay in …

Alternative Medicine

Patients urged to 'stay at home' as winter norovirus season sets in

People have been urged to “stay at home” as winter norovirus season sets in.<p>The gastro-enteritis virus is rife during the winter months and causes …

Disease

Warning: Highly contagious canine flu has hit North Carolina

People with dogs are being warned about a highly contagious canine flu that's surfaced in North Carolina.<p>The warning comes as pet owners are boarding …

North Carolina

5 Surprising Facts About Your Immune System — Just In Time For Flu Season

As we enter cold and flu season, take comfort in knowing that billions of killer cells are keeping watch over your health. Your immune system is …

Medicine

NIH scientists and collaborators find infectious prion protein in skin of CJD patients

News Release<p>Wednesday, November 22, 2017<p>National Institutes of Health scientists and collaborators at Case Western Reserve University School of …

Medicine

Company fires 50 employees for not getting flu shots

Filed under: Finance, Business, Companies<p>A Minnesota-based health company reportedly fired some 50 employees this week after they refused to get flu shots in defiance of a new policy that required anyone without religious or medical criteria for exemption to get the vaccination.<p>Read …

Medicine

Man fined for breaching pet shop licensing conditions

SINGAPORE: A 46-year-old man was on Wednesday (Nov 22) fined S$6,000 for breaching pet shop licensing conditions, said the Agri-Food and Veterinary …

Vaccination

Primary school closes as 43 kids are struck down with highly contagious sickness bug

A primary school has been forced to shut because of a sickness bug, suspected to be norovirus.<p>Hilderthorpe Primary School in Bridlington is closed …

Education

Flu Costs Our Health-Care System More Than You Might Think

When people talk about the flu, usually it's a personal affair. They recount their experiences fighting off the illness, discuss the variety of …

Canadian News

The Devastating Effects of the Zika Virus - Monsters Inside Me

…After a woman suffers having cysts surgically removed from her right breast, things get even worse when surgical sponges are accidentally left …

Animals

Flu vaccine could help your child avoid hospital

New Canadian research has found that children who have been vaccinated against influenza, also known as flu, are significantly less likely to end up …

News (South Africa)

A new drug to treat HIV just got approved — and it could shake up a $22 billion market

• <b>The FDA just approved a new combination of drugs to treat HIV.</b>• <b><br>The treatment uses two drugs instead of three or more, which has been the standard.</b>• <b><br>The new approval could shake up the $22 billion HIV drug market.</b><p>The FDA approved a two-drug regimen for HIV for the first time on Tuesday.<p>The pill, which …

Pharma

HPV Vaccination Immunity Remains Strong 10 Years Later, Especially For Preteens

The vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV) is safe and effective at preventing infection, according to new findings from one of the longest follow-up industry-funded studies of the four-strain HPV vaccine to date.<p>The study, published in <i>Pediatrics</i>, also revealed data supporting the rationale …

Public Health

I Never Get The Flu, So Why Do I Need A Flu Shot?

Brian S. Koll, MD<p><i>Recently retired as Executive Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Control, Mount Sinai Health System</i><p>The seasonal flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract. When people have the flu, some are only mildly affected, yet others …

Public Health

Ready for a Global Pandemic?

Almost a century ago, a new and deadly strain of influenza spread around the world, shutting down schools and businesses and filling hospitals well …

Public Health

U.S. Hospital Ship Returns Home from Puerto Rico Relief Mission

Military Sealift Command’s hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) returned to Naval Station Norfolk after providing life-saving medical care in Puerto …

Merchant Shipping

Buzz Off: Genetic Edit Could 'Defuse' Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes' stinging bites are irritating and itchy, but they can also be dangerous. From malaria, to dengue, to yellow fever, to Zika, …

Science

Health authority encourages the public to get a flu shot

The holidays approach, which means crowded shopping malls, family visits and dinner guests. The West Island health authority — known by its French …

Canadian News

BBC Radio 4 - Farming Today, Animal sentience clause rejected from EU Repeal Bill, avian flu vigilance, schools on farm, thermal imaging

Animal welfare supporters claim failure to class animals as 'sentient beings' in UK law must be changed before Brexit.<br>A farmer is pioneering the use of a thermal imaging camera to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotic he uses on his animals.<br>The National Farmers' Union Chief Poultry Advisor says …

Agriculture

Can We Track Malaria And Zika By Sound?

Globally more than 700 million people are infected with mosquito borne diseases each year, and more than 700,000 die. But it would be unfair to blame the entire mosquito family for this. Of the 3500 or so species of mosquitoes in existence, only the females of about 200 species are inclined to bite …

Zika Virus

6 Essential Oils For Colds That'll Clear Up Your Sinuses & Soothe Your Sore Throat

Essential oils may smell intoxicatingly good, but they're not just useful as a substitute for perfume. Using essential oils for colds has been shown …

Alternative Medicine

99 Reasons Why Turmeric Is the Best Spice Ever

Turmeric is a herbaceous herb (also known as Curcuma longa) that is a member of the ginger family, which has been used throughout India and the …

Alternative Medicine

New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients

A new way of genetically altering a patient’s cells to fight cancer has helped desperately ill people with leukemia when every other treatment had failed, researchers reported on Monday in the journal Nature Medicine.<p>The new approach, still experimental, could eventually be given by itself or, more …

Cancer

Virus linked with hearing loss in children often goes untested

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – It’s a virus that affects more than half of us at some point in our lives.<p>There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it and …

North Carolina

This Vomit Machine Could Purge the Secret to Norovirus

Scientists are trying to demystify the science of ‘food poisoning,’ one mechanized barf at a time.<p>A couple of years ago, PhD student Grace Tung …

Norovirus

France in Christmas panic as bird flu crisis leads to foie gras shortage

France has only just escaped a butter shortage, which spurred panic buying and empty supermarket shelves.<p>France is facing a foie gras shortage and …

France

Antiviral CD8 T cells induce Zika-virus-associated paralysis in mice

Letter<p>Kellie A. Jurado,<br>• Laura J. Yockey,<br>• Patrick W. Wong,<br>• Sarah Lee,<br>• Anita J. Huttner &<br>• Akiko Iwasaki ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-7824-9856<p><i>Nature</i> …

Neuroscience