Infectious Diseases

Food Safety from the Shop to the Kitchen

More and more research confirms the need to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables for good health and to help protect us from chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke. However, if fresh produce is not treated properly it can actually bring infectious diseases to your table. It is paramount to follow…

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Cranberries Help Antibiotics to Fight Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria is a major growing worldwide problem. Strains of bacteria have developed resistance against antibiotics that used to be able to destroy them. The rise of resistant strains is believed to be the result of the overuse of antibiotics in medicine and in agriculture. Scientists fear that soon minor infections…

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Preventing Vectorborne Diseases from Ticks, Fleas and Mosquitoes

The hot weather of summer sees an increase in diseases carried by the bites of vectors like ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. Vectorborne diseases are a major cause of illness and death worldwide. Vectors are insects that feed on blood and when they bite people or animals they transmit diseases. According to the Centers for Disease…

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Common Bacillus Probiotic can Eliminate Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

A breakthrough in the fight against¬†Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria that kills tens of thousands of people every year may have been found by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institute of Health (NIH) in collaboration with researchers from Mahidol University and Rajamangala University of Technology in…

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Vaccines Save Seniors from Deadly Diseases

August is National Immunization Awareness Month August is National Immunization Awareness Month and this is the time to remind seniors of some of the vaccines that can help prevent them from deadly diseases. While some are fairly new developments, others are old ones like the tetanus diphtheria (TD) vaccine that needs a booster every 10…

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New Shingrix Shingles Vaccine

Shingrix 90% Effective The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that a new improved shingles vaccine called Shingrix was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017 and is now available. The Shingrix vaccine is 90% effective. The CDC recommends that healthy individuals over the age of 50 get the vaccine, which is…

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