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What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome? Justin Bieber’s Rare Condition Explained
The 28-year-old Canadian pop star recently put the condition into the limelight after showing his face to his millions of Instagram followers. Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is caused by the varicella-zoster virus – the virus that causes chickenpox – but here’s more on the condition that plagues 5 in 100,000 people every year.
Allergy & Immunology June 23rd 2022
Transmission and Infectious SARS-CoV-2 Shedding Kinetics in Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Individuals
People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have a shorter duration of viable viral shedding and a lower secondary attack rate than partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people. Data from this study provides important evidence that despite the possibility of breakthrough infections, COVID-19 vaccinations remain critically useful for controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
All Specialties June 7th 2022
Effects of Antiseptic Mouth Rinses on COVID-19 Transmission
A new study published in Virus Research found that gargling with mouth wash leads to a mild decrease in the rate of COVID-19 transmission. Several antiseptic mouth rinses have shown potential antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 infectivity in vitro; however, the antiseptic agent responsible for this effect was not clear until now.
Allergy & Immunology June 7th 2022
What to Know About Monkeypox
Monkeypox has never before appeared more or less simultaneously across different countries and now continents. So this current outbreak is both puzzling and concerning public health workers. Unlike the previous cases discovered outside Africa, the current outbreaks have occurred in people with no travel history, suggesting that human-to-human transmission is driving the spread. And in the current outbreak, the illness appears to be presenting atypically, without its normal prodrome. Read more about the hypothesized connection with smallpox eradication, available vaccinations, and public health response from the outbreak.
All Specialties June 7th 2022
The US is in a Sixth COVID Wave—But It Doesn’t Really Look Like It On a New CDC Map
The US is in the midst of another surge in COVID-19 infections heading into the summer. A GWU physician feels CDC are misserving the country by downplaying the surge and hiding the real data behind an “all green” map.
All Specialties May 31st 2022
Monkeypox: What Do We Know About the Outbreaks in Europe and North America?
Monkeypox is again spreading around the world, from Europe to North America. This is the first outbreak in US the since 2003 and the disease is now spreading fairly rapidly on a daily basis. Transmission between people mostly occurs through large respiratory droplets, normally meaning prolonged contact face to face. But the virus can also spread through bodily fluids. The latest cases have mainly been among men who have sex with men. Currently, the UK has the largest number of diagnosed cases, followed by Portugal, Canada, and Spain. Latest case counts by country can be seen here.
Allergy & Immunology May 31st 2022