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Take Your Best Shot At Avoiding The Flu This Season

Getting your annual flu shot from your physician affords an opportunity for an overall health checkup, says Jorge Parada, MD, medical director of infectious disease at Loyola University Health System. Source: Loyola University

Everyone knows that the best way to avoid the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. But a trip to your physician every autumn for the vaccination can help you avoid much more than the dreaded flu bug. “At the doctor’s office, the focus is on you and what is going on with your [...]

What Is Enterovirus D68?

Saul Hymes, MD
Source: Stony Brook University

A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri is causing alarm across the Midwest and beyond. So far, ten states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help investigating clusters of the virus that’s being blamed for the illness. Although health officials say they’re still figuring out [...]

Breath Temperature Test Could Identify Lung Cancer

The temperature of exhaled breath could be used to diagnose lung cancer.
Source: European Lung Foundation

The research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich today (8 September 2013), suggests that testing the temperature of breath could be a simple and noninvasive method to either confirm or reject the presence of lung cancer. Many research teams have been looking at the possibility of using breath tests for [...]

Mandatory Policy Boosts Flu Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Workers

Allison Weinmann, MD, a Henry Ford Hospital Infectious Diseases physician and study co-author. Source: Henry Ford Hospital

Hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. Citing its own data, Henry Ford researchers say the health system achieved employee vaccination rates of 99% in the first two years of its mandatory policy, in which [...]

Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Found To Grow On Trees

This false-color electron microscope image catches the fungus Cryptococcus gattii in the act of producing its infectious spores. The club-shaped blue structure is a reproductive organ called the basidium, which projects off the fungus body like an apple off a tree. The spores are colored yellow, and are like seeds that can give rise to a new organism.
Source: Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Duke University

Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections [...]