Wuhan Coronavirus: An Emerging Global Pandemic?

A wave of influenza-like illness caused by a novel Coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV by the WHO, has swept through a populous area of China. Since December 31, 2019, there have been more than 830 people infected with at least 26 deaths (as of January 23rd, 2020).  Chinese authorities have placed Wuhan, a city of 11 million … Continue reading Wuhan Coronavirus: An Emerging Global Pandemic?

FLU SEASON 2019-2020: BRACE YOURSELVES FOR AN ACTIVE SEASON

  Summary: The 2019-2020 influenza season is off to an early start. Interestingly, the majority of cases have been associated with influenza B. With an increase in influenza-like illness identified in these last few weeks, it is possible that this season could be similar or worse than the 2017-2018 season.  Brace yourselves for an active … Continue reading FLU SEASON 2019-2020: BRACE YOURSELVES FOR AN ACTIVE SEASON

The Human Microbiome: Unlocking the Key to Health

What is the microbiome? The word microbiome  describes the trillions of viruses, fungi, and bacteria that live on or within the human body in various habitats such as the skin, mouth, colon and vagina.  Each site has characteristics, including pH, water and oxygen content, temperature, and chemical metabolites, that favor certain bacteria over others.  Our normal … Continue reading The Human Microbiome: Unlocking the Key to Health