Infectious Diseases

Viruses of Bacteria May Help Win The War Against Cholera

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgAntibiotics were the first and still are the go-to means of microbial distraction. However, in light of the continuing rise of antibiotic resistance, their usefulness is limited and we need to explore other options. One such ally is a living organism known to have just as much of a hatred for infectious bacteria: the bacteriophage.

You'll Get Sick Less If You Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Our efforts to stay clean have hampered us, leaving us with no opportunity for continual exposure to those lower levels of bacteria. As a result, when we do come into contact with them -- such as eating contaminated food -- we tend to have an increased chance of becoming ill.

Stop the Fear-Based Propaganda About Vaccines

Michael Kruse | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

The information war over vaccination is an obvious reflection of this fear. Public health has had its hands full during this war, but has failed to really counter the misinformation in vaccine hesitant communities. We are in desperate need for a new message, and a group of high school students from California have made one in a most spectacular way. Despite the myth-makers, the spin addicts, and the conspiracy nuts, cigarette use has gone down, climate science has become even more exact, and vaccines have been shown to be both safe and effective.

Have Access To a Measles Vaccine? Get It Now

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

We wait until newborns are two months old before giving them their first shots. Some people have underlying medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated. And in rare instances a vaccination just might not be effective in any given individual. So those of us who can vaccinate our children really should.

Don't Believe These 'Tips' For Avoiding the Flu

Michael Kruse | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

Finally we have Wylde's first suggestion, the one that made me believe it is just sitting in his kitchen making this up out of thin air. There is absolutely no evidence adding petroleum jelly to the inside of your nose will increase your infection barrier and prevent infection. Your nose is much larger than just the nostril you can stick the swab into, so there will be plenty of area left to harbour virus.

5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Germ-Giving

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Bad gift-giving, whether material or microbial, should never happen. While there may never be a means to prevent waking up to a disappointing present under the tree, you can minimize the possibility of sharing infection. Hopefully, with these five steps, you can set aside the worry and focus on the spirit of the holiday season.

Viruses Are Perfect Gift Wrappers

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

In the microbial world, gift wrapping -- better known as cellular packaging -- is also considered to be an art. All germs perform some aspects of packaging but the masters are without a doubt the viruses. Viruses are unique from all other germs in that they don't start to thrive until they have entered a host cell.

Channeling Too Much Masculine Energy Made Me Very, Very Sick

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada
Betty Ann Heggie

As the primary breadwinner for my family, I worked full-time. I had two baby girls 18 months apart. In each case, I continued working until the day before I gave birth and returned to work a mere six weeks after. I committed myself to nursing my babies, even when I had to resort to expressing milk on the road.

A Eulogy to the Germ-Fighting Penny

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg February 4 of this year was a momentous day for numismatists as the Canadian Mint officially stopped distribution of the one-cent coin, the penny. While the reaction from Canadians was mixed, there was a general consensus that the loss was still a sad end to a 105-year era. The moment was also a sombre day for those striving to improve public health.

When it Comes to Germs, Norovirus is Public Enemy Number One

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The norovirus infection is short, lasting only 48 to 72 hours but during that time, one might believe they have been put into one of Ridley Scott's Alien movies. But there are thankfully a few ways to thwart this perfect villain.

Bieber Fever: The Scariest Infectious Disease Of All

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.17.2012 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Last week, the analysis of this incredibly chilling illness made headlines worldwide. To better appreciate the potential impact of Ebola and other infectious diseases, such as SARS, HIV, and pandemic flu, a University of Ottawa researcher has taken a look at a much more devious disease, which continues to spread worldwide with apparently no end in sight. Bieber Fever.

Health Canada Must Move Quickly on New Meningitis Vaccine

Kerri Toloczko | Posted 01.14.2012 | Canada Living
Kerri Toloczko

Just as Health Canada is considering approval of the first vaccine that would prevent the devastating disease that is Meningitis B, information from a recent study analyzing long-term affects of Men B on its victims should send a chill up our -- ironically enough -- spines.

Ontarians, We Are Well Prepared For a Public Health Outbreak

Dr. Eric Hoskins | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada
Dr. Eric Hoskins

We now have greatly expanded infection control resources and expertise to help hospitals control disease outbreaks. We have a valuable and close working partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada. And finally, there are programs in place to respond to emergency situations, as well as stockpiles of emergency supplies, equipment and antiviral medications.