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Combatting Antibiotic Resistance, the role of POC Diagnostics

Combatting Antibiotic Resistance, the role of POC Diagnostics

During the winter months, patients frequently present with respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing and fever that could be caused by one of several bacterial and viral infections including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or bacterial pneumonia. [More]
IBM and Rice University create prototype of Watson-enabled robot for assisting elderly people

IBM and Rice University create prototype of Watson-enabled robot for assisting elderly people

IBM Research today announced the creation of the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA) done in collaboration with Rice University. IBM MERA is a first of a kind Watson-enabled application designed to help assist the elderly and their caregivers. [More]
Researchers create 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice from MERS and rabies

Researchers create 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice from MERS and rabies

In a new study, researchers have modified a rabies virus, so that it has a protein from the MERS virus; this altered virus works as a 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice against both Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and rabies. [More]
New moms increasingly using expressed breast milk, UBC study reveals

New moms increasingly using expressed breast milk, UBC study reveals

New moms are increasingly using expressed breast milk (either pumped or expressed by hand) instead of directly breastfeeding their babies, according to a UBC study. [More]
Study detects biomarkers from secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in children

Study detects biomarkers from secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in children

Relaxing with a joint around children is not very wise. Not only do youngsters inhale harmful secondary smoke in the process, but the psychoactive chemicals in the drug are taken up by their bodies as well. [More]
Cedars-Sinai receives $7.3 million grant to test safety of novel cell-based therapy in treating PAH

Cedars-Sinai receives $7.3 million grant to test safety of novel cell-based therapy in treating PAH

Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine are expanding their ongoing evaluation of a novel cell-based therapeutic candidate into the area of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). [More]
New study urges caution in use of mannitol challenge test for asthma

New study urges caution in use of mannitol challenge test for asthma

A new study urges caution in the use of the mannitol challenge test for asthma in non-clinical settings. [More]
Bedfont Scientific teams up with GPs to implement FeNO testing to improve asthma care

Bedfont Scientific teams up with GPs to implement FeNO testing to improve asthma care

Figures released from the 2014 National Records of Scotland show that 122 people died from an asthma attack the previous year. [More]
Handful of nut consumption each day linked to reduced risk for wide range of diseases

Handful of nut consumption each day linked to reduced risk for wide range of diseases

A large analysis of current research shows that people who eat at least 20g of nuts a day have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases. [More]
Menopausal women may experience accelerated decline in lung function, research shows

Menopausal women may experience accelerated decline in lung function, research shows

Menopausal women appear to experience an accelerated decline in lung function, according to new research published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. [More]
New three-dimensional map of cystic fibrosis protein offers new insights to treating fatal disease

New three-dimensional map of cystic fibrosis protein offers new insights to treating fatal disease

Rockefeller scientists have created the first three-dimensional map of the protein responsible for cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease for which there is no cure. [More]
Iron deficiency: an interview with Dr Thierry Teil

Iron deficiency: an interview with Dr Thierry Teil

Iron deficiency is, in fact, one of the most common nutritional disorders. It affects between three and five billion people, which is between half and two-thirds of the world population (about seven billion). Iron deficiency anemia is a subset of iron deficiency, that is about two billion people according to the WHO... [More]
FIRS calls on governments, health organizations to strengthen response to HIV on World AIDS Day

FIRS calls on governments, health organizations to strengthen response to HIV on World AIDS Day

In recognition of World AIDS Day, held annually on Dec. 1 each year since 1988, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is calling on governments, health advocates and non-government organizations to strengthen their response to HIV/AIDS. In 2015 AIDS claimed 1.1 million lives. [More]
MILabs to provide Adaptive X-ray CT system to UAB for advancing pulmonary research

MILabs to provide Adaptive X-ray CT system to UAB for advancing pulmonary research

MILabs will provide an advanced U-CTUHR microCT system to the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center (CFRC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). [More]
UL researchers secure funding for new cystic fibrosis device

UL researchers secure funding for new cystic fibrosis device

A medical device for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferers which lessens their exposure to infections resulting in fewer doctors’ visits, reduced antibiotic usage and shorter hospital stays, is expected to be market ready within two years. [More]
New study finds smoking cessation at any age reduces risk of death

New study finds smoking cessation at any age reduces risk of death

Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer and premature death. Most studies of cigarette smoking and mortality have focused on middle-aged populations, with fewer studies examining the impact of tobacco cessation on disease and mortality risk among the elderly. [More]
Study highlights need to increase handwashing compliance among child care workers

Study highlights need to increase handwashing compliance among child care workers

Child care personnel properly clean their hands less than a quarter of the times they are supposed to, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [More]
Global survey provides insights into perceptions of men’s health

Global survey provides insights into perceptions of men’s health

Sanofi today announced findings from one of the most comprehensive global surveys ever undertaken into the perceptions of men’s health, which reveals the overwhelming majority (87%) of men want to take charge of their health however they are not taking full advantage of all trusted sources of information and advice available to them. [More]
NTM lung infections

NTM lung infections

Nontuberculous mycobacteria are part of a group of bacteria called mycobacteria. The non-tuberculous mycobacteria are, as the name suggests, mycobacteria that are not tuberculosis. They're also not leprosy, but they are the other members of the bacteria group termed mycobacteria. [More]
Pregnant women at risk of infection do not receive flu vaccination, UBC study finds

Pregnant women at risk of infection do not receive flu vaccination, UBC study finds

Health-care professionals are hesitant to administer the flu vaccine to pregnant women, despite the potential life-saving benefits, according to a UBC study. [More]
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