Confirmed! Flu Vaccine INCREASES Risk of Serious Pandemic Flu Illness

The Canadian press recently broke the story that new research confirms initial findings that the flu vaccine appeared to actually increase people’s risk of getting sick with H1N1, and cause more serious bouts of illness to boot.

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“Researchers, led by Vancouver’s Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, Continue reading

Probiotics Can Reduce Risk of Diarrhea Caused by Antibiotics, Study Finds

A new RAND Corporation study finds that taking probiotics can reduce the risk of developing the diarrhea that is a common side effect of taking antibiotics.

Probiotics are microorganisms that are believed to improve health by maintaining a normal balance of microorganisms in the human intestines. Continue reading

What’s in Your Yogurt?

Functional foods containing bacteria with beneficial health effects, or probiotics, have long been very popular in Canada and the U.S. They are boosted into natural foods found predominantly in the daily section — yogurt, being the big one. But to benefit you, the probiotic bacteria must survive hostile conditions in your digestive tract. A new study attempted to see which strains survive better, Continue reading

Fight HPV Infections with This

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is in the health news a lot these days — and for good reason. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection today. As a virus, HPV is also incredibly versatile, with over 100 different strains.

Of course, not all the variations of HPV infection are dangerous; some are fought off by your immune system before any harm is done. Other forms of the virus, on the other hand, could lead to cancers in the reproductive organs of both men and women, or the throat. As much as 75% of sexually active people are likely to get at least one genital HPV infection in their lifetime.

In particular, HPV can cause health problems for women. The development of cervical cancer is thought to be directly linked to the presence of HPV. Of course, it’s true that other factors are involved in the onset of cervical cancer — HPV likely doesn’t act completely on its own. Researchers point to oxidative stress as a promoting factor in the development of HPV-induced cervical tumors.

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Dishwashers and Washing Machines can Harbor Deadly Fungi

In many ways, modern home appliances have made life simpler by reducing the amount of time it takes to clean, cook, and perform other routine household activities. But some of these technological advances may be responsible for increasing the prevalence of harmful “super” pathogens that have grown resistant to stimuli that used to eliminate them, suggests a new report in the British Mycological Society journal Fungal Biology.

According to the report, household appliances that use water, which include dishwashers and washing machines, have become a new point of infestation for potentially deadly fungi like Exophiala dermatitidis and E. phaeomuriformis. These strains and others, which would normally be killed off by heat and detergents, have become tolerant to them, and are now being found in a majority of the household appliances tested.

Researchers from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia gathered samples from the dishwashers, washing machines,  Continue reading