Highlights / infection

Economy, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

‘Superbugs’ could kill hundreds of thousands, cost billions in just 30 years

A dire report from Canadian medical, veterinary and economic experts begins with the words, ”Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now recognized as a global threat that if not addressed will have a devastating impact on the health and welfare of the »

Health

B.C. man dies of rabies after coming into contact with bat

A 21-year-old British Columbia man has died of rabies after coming into contact with a bat on Vancouver Island, according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. The young man came in contact with a bat in mid-May and developed »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Multi-million dollar donation to help Montreal research into infection and immune threats  

$15 million donation will speed research – make Montreal a leader in infectious and immune disease research Antibiotic resistance, also known as creating “superbugs” is already a critical and too often deadly health issue, and one that is increasing. In »

Health, International

Renewed warning about antibiotic overuse in Newfoundland

The over prescription of antibiotics is a danger around the world but is of particular concern in Canada’s eastern-most province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Health Minister John Haggie recently said the overuse of this class of drugs could lead to »

Health, Indigenous, Society

Canada vows to eradicate TB in the North

Just as a teenage boy is thought to have died from tuberculosis last weekend, the Canadian government has unveiled plans to eradicate active TB in the North by 2030. Tuberculosis is a preventable and curable bacterial infection that mainly affects »

Health

Strep A infections worry health authorities

Health authorities in the province of Ontario have issued an alert about an ongoing outbreak of group A streptococcus. This bacteroa causes skin and throat infections and can be mild, but it sometimes becomes invasive and can cause death. Nine »

Health, International, Society

It’s ‘Stop! Clean Your Hands Day’

Sounds silly? Not when you learn that every year 220,000 Canadian patients acquire an infection while in hospital and an estimated 8,000 of them die from it. And the best way to prevent these infections is by cleaning one’s hands »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Fighting Chagas

It does not have the profile of many other insect-borne diseases, but in parts of the world like remote villages in Bolivia and elsewhere the infection rate is high. Chagas is known as the silent disease. One can be infected »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Health concerns over critical heart surgery machine

A critical piece of equipment used especially in open heart surgeries is now in question. A warning has been issued that the equipment may transmit a rare slow-developing bacteria known as  non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM). Letters have been sent to thousands »

Health, Indigenous, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Medicine will cut ‘shocking’ lung infections in Inuit babies

Indigenous babies in parts of Canada’s north have the highest rates of serious lung infection in the world, research shows. But it also shows that giving a medicine called palivizumab to prevent infection can dramatically reduce that rate in some »