Measles: To Vaccinate or not to Vaccinate

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Perry McLimore, MD., JD. Introduction In the news recently is the account of a measles outbreak that apparently started in Disneyland, located in California. Currently, there are almost 100 confirmed cases of measles in California, Arizona, Utah, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Nebraska, and Mexico. It…

The New Bourbon Virus: What is it, How was it found?

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta discovered a new possible tick-borne virus in 2014 while looking at samples taken from deceased patient from Kansas. They became involved because the patient died from what…

CRISPR - Cas9 technology to eliminate HIV

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Isharpal Singh, MS AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is one the major public health concerns affecting more than 35 million people worldwide [4]. The conventional approach for treating HIV viz, HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy) uses a mixture of compounds to suppress HIV-1 infection and…

Passive and Active Immunization Strategies to Fight Ebola

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  By Sandy Hayes, PhD Ebola, or Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a zoonotic disease – a disease that spreads from one species to another species.1 Zoonotic diseases recur through out history, from the Black Death (Bubonic Plague) of the middle ages to the 1918 Spanish flu…

Shingles / Herpes Zoster Virus

By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN The shingles vaccine, sometimes referred to as the ‘shingles shot’ is often seen advertised in pharmacies and Doctors’ offices, leading patients to wonder if they should get the vaccine and what is it for. Shingles is the layman’s term for the Herpes…