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Short Questions and Answers About Norovirus

What are Noroviruses? Noroviruses (formerly Norwalk virus) are a group of viruses that cause the “stomach flu,” or gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis), in people. The term norovirus was recently approved as the official name for this group of viruses. Several other names have been used for noroviruses, including: • Norwalk-like viruses (NLVs) • caliciviruses (because they belong […]

The Use of Chinese Herbs in Preventing Painful Menstrual Cramps

Do painful menstrual cramps plague you each month? You are not alone, as 50% of menstruating women have the same experience month after month. But why suffer when you could be living pain free? NSAIDs only mask the pain for a few short hours. Chinese herbal medicine, on the other hand, has been used for […]

Preventing The Swine Flu

Around the world, news regarding the Swine Flu has captured the attention of millions of people. Australia is no exception – many are worried about the dangers of this latest flu outbreak. However, there are definite measures that can be taken to avoid this latest strain of the flu. H1N1 – as it is also […]

Are Sports Drinks Appropriate

It is undisputed that fluid and carbohydrate replacement is critical for optimal sports performance. Sports drinks manufacturers promote that the consumption of their products is necessary way to achieve this aim. However, long term dependence on sports drinks for fluid and carbohydrate replacement may not be the most suitable approach for many athletes. There is […]

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a genus of rod-shaped, Gram-negative, non-spore forming, predominantly motile enterobacteria with diameters around 0.7 to 1.5 µm, lengths from 2 to 5 µm, and flagella which project in all directions (i.e. peritrichous). They obtain their energy from oxidation and reduction reactions using organic sources and are facultative anaerobes; most species produce hydrogen sulfide, […]