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Algorithm helps fight infection spread

Many global health authorities are fighting against the spread of infectious diseases thanks to computer software. A new algorithm has been devised to address the issue of non-diagnosed diseases.

Antibiotic resistance: Not a new problem, an out of control one

The world is facing what appears to be a cataclysm in the global health care arena. “Superbugs” - bacteria that use nature’s micro-evolutionary mechanisms to develop antibiotic resistance have become a major threat to public health.

12-month-old boy dies of chickenpox after doctors send him home

Rotherham - A concerned British mother from the North of England took her baby boy to the doctors three times for check ups. She was convinced he had more than common chickenpox. She was sent home with pain killers.

Study: Whooping cough outbreak linked to vaccinated children

San Rafael - An investigation by California doctors has revealed that the state's latest outbreak of whooping cough centered around children who had already received the whooping cough vaccine, Reuters reports.

MIT scientists develop novel drug to fight viral infections

Scientists operating at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an antiviral drug that promises to end infections from virtually all known viruses, from the common cold to exotic hemorrhagic fevers.

Nations work to share virus samples to help avert global pandemic

With the ongoing threat of a global influenza pandemic as a backdrop, the World Health Organization announced that it is working with a large pool of nations to more readily share viral samples to help avert more widespread infection.

Scientist's death from bubonic plague confirmed

Chicago - In 2009 a Chicago university scientist died from what some thought might be from being infected with Bubonic Plague. He was studying a federally approved strain of the bacteria at the time and now the results are in.

Diseases Likely Problem for Haitian Earthquake Survivors

In the aftermath of the earthquake tragedy in Haiti, experts maintain survivors will face the problems of disease. That is due to the poor health care systems, lack of clean water, and limitations on basic medical supplies.

Second Hand Smoke Increases Hospital Admissions for All Types of Infectious Diseases

Research finds that children exposed to second hand tobacco smoke are more likely to get severe infectious diseases and have to be admitted to hospital.

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Dr. Donald Low  Microbiologist-in-Chief at Toronto Mount Sinai Hospital   and  a leading Canadian in...
Dr. Donald Low, Microbiologist-in-Chief at Toronto Mount Sinai Hospital, and a leading Canadian infectious disease expert who rose to prominence during the SARS crisis, has died
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