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New Developments in the Fight against Alzheimer’s: Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find Promising Results

By Elizabeth Tow | February 19, 2018

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, VIGILINT’s collaborator on our GMAP program, have found a major breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. The study was led by Riqiang Yan,Ph.D and found that inhibiting BACE1, the beta-secretase enzyme active in Alzheimer’s Disease in adult mice halted the generation, and in some cases reversed the buildup of… Read more about New Developments in the Fight against Alzheimer’s: Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find Promising Results

Contagious Norovirus has spread to the Olympic Village

By Derrick Flakoll | February 7, 2018

A norovirus outbreak has struck PyeongChang, South Korea two days before the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics are due to begin. 41 private guards hired to secure the games were hospitalized with severe diarrhea and vomiting late on Sunday. As of February 6th, 2018, 1,200 private security personnel at the Olympic site are… Read more about Contagious Norovirus has spread to the Olympic Village

Fever Dreams: The 1918 Flu Pandemic, ‘Super Vaccines’, and the Fight to Stop the Next Global Outbreak

By Derrick Flakoll | February 1, 2018

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of an influenza pandemic that devastated the world, a global outbreak that has been cited as the worst in recorded history. As American troops deployed to the Western Front at the close of World War 1, the flu spread from Kansas military camps across the United States and Europe. The… Read more about Fever Dreams: The 1918 Flu Pandemic, ‘Super Vaccines’, and the Fight to Stop the Next Global Outbreak

Stop the Bleed: What You Need to Know in Case of a Life-Threatening Bleeding Emergency

By Elizabeth Tow | January 31, 2018

In recent years, terrorist attacks, active shooter events, and other major traumatic incidents have dominated headlines and proven that tragic events can occur indiscriminately and without warning. The FBI reports 220 incidents of active shooters within the U.S. from 2000-2016, resulting in 661 killed and 825 wounded. In 2017, mass casualty events in Las Vegas… Read more about Stop the Bleed: What You Need to Know in Case of a Life-Threatening Bleeding Emergency

2018 Olympics: Threat of North Korean Attack Lessens; What You Still Need to Know about PyeongChang Medical Facilities

By Emily Elmore | January 17, 2018

North Korea will be sending athletes to compete in South Korea In less than a month, millions of people from around the world will venture to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. In what South Korea has called the “peace games,” the North Korean and South Korean governments arrived at a careful negotiation last… Read more about 2018 Olympics: Threat of North Korean Attack Lessens; What You Still Need to Know about PyeongChang Medical Facilities

Flu Season is Upon Us

By Alexandra Valinski | January 8, 2018

We all prepare for the winter season in similar ways—cutting firewood, making homemade dishes, drinking hot beverages, and for many of us, receiving the flu shot. The annual prick has become a habit for many Americans as the cold, winter months approach. Although this task may seem like one more thing that we must fit… Read more about Flu Season is Upon Us

2017 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

By Mary-Kathryn Hawes | December 28, 2017

From the opioid crisis in the U.S. to bird flu in China, we’re bringing you a roundup of our major global health stories of 2017: The Opioid Crisis Since 2000, more than 500,000 people have died from deaths and currently, ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The progression of our current opioid… Read more about 2017 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

Ebola’s Social Side Effects: Liberia’s Election and the Lingering Impacts of the Ebola Crisis

By Derrick Flakoll | December 13, 2017

Two years after its devastating Ebola outbreak, Liberia has been in the global spotlight once again. The African nation’s contested presidential election could result in its first democratic transfer of power after a 12 year tenure from President Ellen Johnson, Africa’s first female elected head of state. In the past three decades, Liberia’s international record… Read more about Ebola’s Social Side Effects: Liberia’s Election and the Lingering Impacts of the Ebola Crisis

Norovirus Outbreak in Raleigh

By Emily Elmore | December 11, 2017

Last week, NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, announced that 60 students have contracted norovirus, which is a highly contagious disease causing inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both. VIGILINT’s headquarters is in the Raleigh area. The outbreak is said to have begun on Tuesday, December 5. Wake County Human Services Department confirmed… Read more about Norovirus Outbreak in Raleigh

What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance & Medical Evacuations

By Derrick Flakoll | November 28, 2017

Holiday travel is stressful enough without having to worry about cancellations, medical emergencies, and other journey-derailing challenges. That’s why millions of Americans collectively spent $2.8 billion on travel insurance and protection plans in 2016. But many of these travelers might be in for a nasty surprise if a health crisis hits them: their travel insurance… Read more about What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance & Medical Evacuations

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