Developing a simple test for detecting respiratory viral infections

Respiratory infections affect hundreds of millions of people annually and account for nearly 4 million deaths world wide. Treatment plans will depend on the type of infection, with bacterial infections needing antibiotics and viral infections needing antivirals. Prescribing antibiotics to someone with a viral infection wont help them get better and it will add to…

Predicting asthma risk at 1 year of age

Asthma is a disease that makes breathing difficult for 2.4 million Canadians. It is caused by excessive inflammation and abnormally thick airway walls. There are numerous known risk factors for asthma including genetics but much is still unknown about the development of the disease. Asthma is part of the atopic march, a phenomenon that often…

Nanoparticles are able to prevent inflammation

Nanoparticles and microparticles are a new frontier in specialized disease treatment because they allow for precise targeting within the body. This technology could be especially useful for treating cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and blood vessel diseases. This area of research is new and we still don’t know how these nanoparticles interact with the different parts of…

New discovery could prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

Chemotherapy and radiation treatment are our most effect treatment options for cancer and with these treatments the mortality rate of cancers has been decreasing. Unfortunately, many chemotherapeutics come with side effects including hair loss, called alopecia. To understand why you lose your hair while undergoing chemotherapy you need to understand how chemotherapeutics work. Chemotherapy and radiation…