12 posts categorized "Stacey Gorski"

02/01/2017

Philadelphia Inquirer: With Mumps cases at 10-year high, are Philly-area college students at risk?

Dr. Stacey Gorski penned a blog post for Philly.com about the recent Mumps outbreaks and what it might mean for colleges in Philadelphia.

Mumps is approximately five times as contagious as the seasonal flu, norovirus, Swine Flu, or SARS, but many people aren’t as informed on Mumps because its vaccine has kept the number of cases low.  The MMR vaccine—which protects against measles, mumps and rubella – is extremely effective. Numerous studies have shown that it prevents 85 to 95 percent of vaccinated individuals from becoming infected. However, the vaccine may be a victim of its own success—as the incidence of mumps has decreased by 99 percent since the introduction of the vaccine in 1967, there is less exposure to the virus over time, which may result in declining immunity.  

Immunologists are trying to determine if another booster might be necessary in addition to the two currently recommended immunizations at ages 12-15 months and again before children enter school between 4-6 years.

Read the full post on Philly.com

11/15/2016

Public Opinion: Whooping Cough outbreak causes concerns

Dr. Stacey Gorski was interviewed about the Pertussis vaccine by a reporter from Public Opinion in Chambersburg, Pa., where an outbreak of the disease has infected more than 47 students at the local high school. Dr. Gorski explained the difference between whole cell and acellular vaccines.

Gorski said the whole cell vaccine contains all the elements of the bacteria that causes the sometimes deadly respiratory disease, while the acellular vaccine contains only some of those elements.

"It's like trying to assemble a car with a full design diagram and all the parts in front of you, as opposed to doing it with just some of the parts," she said. "In the first case, you can see the full car right away and can identify the make and model. With the second, you might recognize that it is a car but you can't identify much else."

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Read the full story from Public Opinion

10/24/2016

The News Journal: 5 things to know about the flu shot

Dr. Stacey Gorski, assistant professor of biological sciences who specializes in immunology and vaccinology, shares five things you should know about the flu shot.  

Getting vaccinated early is just one recommendation clinicians give. Here are some other facts about this year's flu season worth keeping in mind as the season kicks off.

Read the full story here.

04/02/2016

KYW Newsradio: Doctors Promote Safe Sex Following Zika Virus Outbreak

The guidelines suggest men with symptoms use condoms for six months after visiting a Zika infected areas, such as South or Central America and eight weeks if they are asymptomatic. Dr. Stacey Gorski, assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of the Sciences, agrees it makes sense.

Read more: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/04/02/doctors-promote-safe-sex-following-zika-virus-outbreak/

Listen: http://mms.tveyes.com/MediaCenterPlayer.aspx?u=aHR0cDovL21lZGlhY2VudGVyLnR2ZXllcy5jb20vZG93bmxvYWRnYXRld2F5LmFzcHg%2FVXNlcklEPTI0NjE1MSZNRElEPTU5ODc0MzcmTURTZWVkPTI0NjQmVHlwZT1NZWRpYQ%3D%3D

02/06/2016

KYW Radio: Philadelphia Health Officials Prepare For Eventual Arrival Of Zika Virus

Dozens of city Health Department staffers got together this week to hear the latest information on Zika, which has blown up in Central and South American and recently showed up in Florida. Dr. Stacey A. Gorski, a professor of immunology at University of the Sciences says no one is panicking. Listen to the audio clip here. *This story aired more than 20 times on Friday and Saturday.

Read more at Philadelphia Health Officials Prepare For Eventual Arrival Of Zika Virus

01/29/2016

Philly Voice: Philadelphia residents unlikely to contract Zika virus

Zika's genomes are carried by RNA, which is far more susceptible to mutations than DNA, said Stacey Gorski, a biology professor at the University of the Sciences. It's possible Zika has evolved into a more potent virus, she said.

Read more at Philly Voice: Philadelphia residents unlikely to contract Zika virus

NBC 10, 6ABC: USciences Expert Weighs In on Zika Virus

Biology professor Dr. Stacey Gorski was all about Zika virus on Friday, Jan. 29. She taped a segment with 6ABC that aired in the 5 p.m. newscast, then she was live throughout the 4, 5, and 6 p.m. newscasts for NBC10 as well as answering viewers' questions about the Zika virus on social media. Additionally, she was quoted in a number of articles.

See below for details and links.

Watch clips from NBC 10:

4:25:08 PM | 4:34:02 PM | 4:46:59 PM

5:08:09 PM | 5:17:03 PM | 5:33:45 PM | 5:42:15 PM

6:06:06 PM

Watch 6ABC5:04:36 PM

Additionally, she was quoted in a number of articles. See below for details and links:

2100 pregnant Colombian women infected with Zika virus: Pregnant women and others all must strictly follow the travel ban in highly risky areas - 21 Latin American countries as well as Thailand, Cape Verde and Samoa in the Pacific. Stacey Gorski is a biology professor at the University of the Sciences.

Peru announces 1st case of Zika: Stacey Gorski is a biology professor at the University of the Sciences. The Zika virus is associated with causing microcephaly, a birth defect where the infant is born with an abnormally small brain, and in most cases will suffer from some degree of mental retardation. “We don’t know what the real risk is”. 20% of people who become ill might have fever for a maximum of one week, skin rash, conjunctivitis, joint pain and headache.

6ABC: U.S. Healthcare Professionals Prepare For Zika Virus, But Say Don't Panic

Stacey Gorski is a biology professor at the University of the Sciences; she says the Zika virus has been around since the late 1940s, but up until now it was considered just a nuisance virus. Now that it's potentially linked to a serious birth defect - babies born with microcephaly (smaller heads), which affects brain development - there is much more concern.

Read more/watch the clip at 6abc: U.S. Healthcare Professionals Prepare For Zika Virus, But Say Don't Panic

12/06/2015

Philly.com: How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

You're at increased risk for colds and the flu over the holidays, but a few simple measures will help lower your chances of getting sick, said Dr. Stacey Gorski, an assistant professor of biology and an immunology specialist at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Read more at Philly.com: How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

11/29/2015

WOGL: Biology Prof Shares Tips on Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Biology professor Dr. Stacey Gorski shared tips on staying healthy during the holiday season.

Listen to the audio at Audio: WOGL’s Philadelphia Agenda.