Anti-vaccine movement listed in the top 10 global health threats of 2019

The anti-vaccine movement, which has been born out of fraudulent research and unethical behaviour by Andrew Wakefield, has led to the reemergence of numerous infectious diseases that had previously been controlled and nearly eradicated by vaccines. Contrary to the claims of many conspiracy theorists and ‘Facebook trained doctors’ vaccines do not cause autism and are…

Obesity increases the duration of influenza virus shedding during infection

Obesity is a rising epidemic that is associated with a number of chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease but a growing body of evidence shows that it is also associated with worse outcomes from infectious diseases including influenza. Obesity is associated with increased risk of severe complications from influenza virus infections including hospitalization. We…

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…