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The Benefits of Flu Immunization During Pregnancy

The Benefits of Flu Immunization During Pregnancy

In spite of a long-standing recommendation for pregnant women to receive a flu vaccination, up to three-quarters of women who responded to a national survey are unaware or unclear about these recommendations. In addition, only 20 percent of women who are currently pregnant intend to receive a ... Read More


Natural Killer Cells to the Rescue

Natural Killer Cells to the Rescue

The human body has an array of defenses to protect itself. Our skin is a natural barrier protecting us from bacteria and viruses. The body has a natural internal thermostat that regulates body temperature despite the vagaries of the weather. Read More


Flu Tips for This Winter

Flu Tips for This Winter

With Flu season underway, it's time to look at what these viruses are and what makes them tick. The flu virus is a nasty, yet simple organism composed of 11 genes compared to the 20,000 found in humans. What makes the flu so potentially dangerous is that it's prone to mutations, which are slig... Read More


Honey May Heal Diabetic Ulcers

Honey May Heal Diabetic Ulcers

While anecdotes abound concerning the wound-healing power of simple honey, a researcher is conducting the first formal study designed to rigorously examine the value of the sweet liquid in healing stubborn diabetic ulcers.     If honey’s medicinal potency is proven, it c... Read More


Syphilis: From Near Zero to a Big Threat

Syphilis: From Near Zero to a Big Threat

Just a few years ago, at the beginning of the new century, syphilis was close to being wiped out in the United States. But today, according to the latest annual report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ancient sexually transmitted disease is looming as a serious n... Read More


"Miracle Mist" Lays Down Antimicrobial Shield in Hospitals

A revolutionary spray aimed at controlling hospital infections by antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" first kills the microbes and then creates an impregnable film that keeps hospital operating rooms and wards germ-free for up to 12 months. Known as Q Bioshield, the spray recently had its deb... Read More


Patients and Hospitals Shunning HIV Testing

Patients and Hospitals Shunning HIV Testing

Emergency room patients who are most at risk for HIV are opting out of HIV testing at a huge rate amid a hospital atmosphere cold to such testing. Hospital personnel view it as too time-consuming, and insurers are reluctant to reimburse hospitals for their test-related expenses. In 2006, the ... Read More


The Challenges of Overseas Medical Evacuations

The Challenges of Overseas Medical Evacuations

Dr. John Cahill explains that a number of tropical diseases, if left unrecognized or untreated, can have devastating outcomes. Unfortunately, he sees this on a daily basis. There are people who return from their travels with serious viral or parasitic infections. In good hands, it can be very... Read More


The Concept of Herd Immunization

The Concept of Herd Immunization

Dr. John Cahill explains that though Infectious Disease specialists would like to vaccinate everyone, getting a large amount of people vaccinated can provide a barrier for most of the group. If enough of a population gets vaccinated then the potential for disease to travel across the globe, o... Read More


How Real is the Threat of Pandemic?

How Real is the Threat of Pandemic?

Dr. John Cahill explains that our world is becoming increasingly small and easy access air travel and global urbanization has created the possibility for the very real threat of pandemic. The internet has made international travel quick and easy and soon a majority of the global population wi... Read More



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