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…

Viral infection in children can make routine asthma therapies fail

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting 235 million people worldwide and affecting 8.5% of all Canadians. The common symptoms include chest tightness, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath that can be sudden. Currently asthma is the most common childhood chronic disease, affecting 13% of Canadian children and accounting for 50% of all emergency department visits…

Decrease your risk for multiple sclerosis by contracting HIV/AIDS…wait what?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) and HIV/AIDS are two of the most devastating disease researchers are currently battling. While we are starting to turn the tides against HIV, MS treatments still lag behind. MS is a disease characterized by permanent neurological damage leading to balance problems, dizziness, difficulty swallowing and speaking, difficulty walking and weakness, and other debilitating…