Immunology

Oral Bacteria Streptococcus Mutans Linked To Risk Of Stroke

In a study of patients entering the hospital for acute stroke, researchers have increased their understanding of an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of the oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans).  Strokes are charact ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 17 2016 - 8:32am

What Ebola Taught Us About Responding To Outbreaks Like Zika Virus

When Ebola hysteria broke out in the United States in 2014, mainstream media got a little crazy. While one person was afflicted, 28,000 people got heart disease with far less fanfare. Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health engaged in political theat ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 18 2016 - 4:46pm

Microbirthing: 'Vaginal Seeding' A Growing Fad, But There's No Evidence Of Benefit

Microbirthing, which involves taking a swab from the mother's vagina and wiping this over the baby's mouth, eyes, face and skin shortly after birth by Cesarean section, is a growing fad, but there is no evidence this 'vaginal seeding' ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 24 2016 - 7:25am

Microbirthing: Questions Over Safety Of Slathering Newborns In Vaginal Fluids

A new editorial warns that newborns may develop infections from exposure to vaginal bacteria, and suggest that encouraging breast feeding and avoiding unnecessary antibiotics may be a much better idea for creating a healthy immune system in infants. The t ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 24 2016 - 7:23am

Hydrolyzed Infant Milk Formula Doesn't Prevent Allergies Or Autoimmune Disorders

Hydrolyzed infant milk formula doesn't protect against allergic or autoimmune disorders, finds a new study. Allergic and autoimmune disease diagnoses have increased in prevalence in many countries and are leading causes of chronic illness among young ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 9 2016 - 7:56am

What Caused Angola's First Yellow Fever Outbreak In Three Decades

The World Health Organisation has declared the yellow fever outbreak in Angola a grade 2 emergency.This means that it can have moderate public health consequences. This requires an emergency support team run from the organizations regional office providin ...

Article - The Conversation - Apr 5 2016 - 4:17pm

The Public Health Cost Balloon Due To Hepatitis B Among Refugees In Germany

A new study presented today demonstrates the potential challenge posed to public health systems across Europe as a result of the prevalence of Hepatitis B among new refugee populations.  With nearly 1,000,000 asylum applications lodged in Germany alone la ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 16 2016 - 7:52pm

Gut Microbiome And Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Correlated To Worsened Complications In Transplant Patients

Some broad-spectrum antibiotics that disrupt the gut microbiome may raise the risk of complications from stem cell transplantation, according to a new study evaluating data from more than 850 transplant patients, as well as from mice. The findings suggest ...

Article - News Staff - May 19 2016 - 12:39pm

Gay Men In Small Canadian Cities Less Likely To Get HIV Tests

Gay men who live outside major Canadian cities are less likely to get an HIV test than their metropolitan counterparts, according to a survey which also finds that the lower testing rates are likely connected to internalized feelings of homophobia and a r ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 2 2016 - 10:24am

Zika: Science Confident In GM Mosquitoes But Activists Keep Florida Residents In A Panic

A few years ago, there were concerns about Dengue in Florida. This plight on humanity is carried by a small number of mosquitoes that have no ecological value of any kind, they are just disease carriers that have somehow survived evolution.  Pesticides ob ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 8 2016 - 5:44am