Heavy drinking may change the bacteria In your mouth and raise disease risk

(Jamie Ducharme/ Time) — There’s still quite a bit scientists don’t know about the microbiome: the vast collection of microorganisms living within your body. What is becoming increasingly clear, however, is that your lifestyle habits, from the foods you eat to the medications you take, may influence these bacterial colonies. Even drinking seems to have an […]

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Flu may be spread by just breathing

Stay home at first sign of illness, doctors advise (HealthDay News) — In the midst of an especially tough flu season, here’s more bad news: Researchers say it may be possible to spread the virus simply by breathing. Until now, it was thought that people picked up a flu virus when they touched contaminated surfaces […]

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It’s flu season – here’s what you absolutely need to know

By Dr. Kelsey Bennett, VM-Med It’s that time of year again. Everyone is talking about the flu. The flu and the flu vaccine are always one of the most common topics of conversation in my office during the fall and winter months. What is the flu? Is my illness the flu? Should I be vaccinated? Will […]

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How countries around the world try to encourage vaccination

(Susan Scutti, CNN) — A new policy in France requires all children born January 1 or later to receive 11 mandatory vaccines. Vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis have always been mandatory in France, while eight — including whooping cough, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella — had been recommended. As of New Year’s Day, the […]

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‘Christmas Tree Syndrome’ could make your family sick

(Fox8live.com) — Decking the halls is a fun family tradition around the holidays, but hanging those decorations could have hazardous consequences. “Christmas Tree Syndrome,” or CTS, can be deadly to family and friends who suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues. According to a study by Upstate Medical University, Christmas trees of all kinds, including […]

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Canadians receiving one-third more antibiotics than many other OECD residents

(Angela Mulholland/ CTV News) — Antibiotics are prescribed more frequently in Canada than in many other countries of the OECD — and many of those medications are offered to patients unnecessarily. The new finding comes from a study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) that compared health data among the 34 countries of the […]

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Streptococcus vaccine ‘could prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide’

Experts call for more work to be done to develop vaccine for infection commonly carried by pregnant women, which can cause stillbirth and death (Sarah Boseley/ The Guardian) — More than 100,000 stillbirths and baby deaths worldwide could be prevented by the development of a vaccine against an infection commonly carried by pregnant women, according […]

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How severe will this flu season be?

(Wendy Leung/ Globe and Mail) — It’s that time of year again when clinics and pharmacies offer flu shots, hospitals get ready for a surge of sick patients, and caregivers of young children and the elderly brace themselves for a winter of coughs, fevers and sniffles. Just how nasty will the coming flu season be? It’s […]

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