infectious diseases

Media release: Travel-acquired infections and illnesses in Canadians: surveillance report

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on February 11, 2014 - 12:09

Travel-acquired infections and illnesses in Canadians: surveillance report from CanTravNet surveillance data, 2009–2011

Open Medicine

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A new study published today in Open Medicine surveys the spectrum of illnesses that Canadians acquire when travelling abroad.

The end of antibiotics, period?

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on November 7, 2013 - 22:27

Twenty years ago, I wrote a paper for my high school biology class on the not-much-discussed topic of antibiotic resistance. What I learned seemed like science fiction; due to overuse and improper use of antibiotics, we faced a return to the dark ages before penicillin, when a chance infection could easily spell death and doctors were largely helpless in the face of them.