Feature Image - Why the new Pfizer data for children 5 and under reminds us why clinical trials are so crucial in the first place.

Why the new Pfizer data for children 5 and under reminds us why clinical trials are so crucial in the first place.

Posted on December 21, 2021 in General

While many were disappointed at Pfizer’s most recent announcement that trials of its vaccine in children ages 2 to 5 did not provide the expected immunity, data like this reminds us why clinical trials are so crucial in the first place. Advancements, medical and non-medical are not possible without trial and error. Pfizer had lowered […]

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COVID-19 Variants… What are they?

Posted on December 8, 2021 in General

To start out, ALL viruses constantly change through mutation. Mutations in viruses — including the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic — are neither new nor unexpected. When a virus has one or more new mutations it’s called a variant of the original virus. A variant usually doesn’t affect how the virus works. But sometimes they […]

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The Pneumococcal Vaccine. When to get it. Who should get it. Why get it.

Posted on November 1, 2021 in General

Pneumococcal disease refers to any illness caused by pneumococcal bacteria. These bacteria can cause many types of illnesses, including pneumonia, which is an infection of the lungs.  Pneumococcal bacteria are one of the most common causes of pneumonia. Most pneumococcal infections are mild. However, some can result in long-term problems, such as brain damage or […]

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#HealthHistory- César Milstein

Posted on October 12, 2021 in General

#HealthHistory Celebrating revolutionary individuals who made historical advancements in medicine César Milstein was an immunologist who received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work in the development of monoclonal antibodies. In 1975, Milstein worked with Köhler, a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge. Together, they developed one of the most powerful tools of molecular […]

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How mRNA technology could transform the flu shot.

Posted on September 22, 2021 in General

For nearly 70 years flu vaccines have been made with the same technology: a process relying on chickens, Petri dishes, and dead viruses. Each year as flu season rolls around, so does a new flu shot. The current development process for flu vaccines is lengthy and involves a bit of prediction. These flu vaccines are […]

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The unseasonable surge in RSV…why?

Posted on September 1, 2021 in General

Hospitals around the country and even right here in Rochester are reporting an unseasonable outbreak of RSV cases. RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms in adults. Unfortunately, RSV can cause serious complications in infants and older adults. In infants, RSV is the most common cause […]

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“When should I get my flu shot?”

Posted on August 17, 2021 in General

As we approach the end of summer and into the fall season, the question arises “when do I get my flu shot?”. Flu prevention and getting the flu shot are more important than ever. If you have ever gotten the flu, or know someone who has, you know how truly awful it can be. Some […]

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What is CMV?

Posted on July 26, 2021 in General

Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is a common virus for people of all ages, and the most common infectious cause of birth defects in the U.S. Over half of adults have been infected with CMV by the age of 40. While most people infected with CMV show no signs or symptoms, the effects of CMV become harmful […]

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The Larrabee Family Nursing Scholarship

Posted on June 24, 2021 in General

Last year, our founder and CEO Patricia Larrabee decided to make a lasting legacy at her alma mater, the University of Rochester, and created The Larrabee Family Nursing Scholarship. This endowed scholarship will be used to assist with educational costs for students across all programs. Larrabee graduated from Brockport with her nursing degree in 1977. […]

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