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Health Tip: When a Child Is Sick

Posted 26 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The common cold and a mild flu don't usually require a trip to the doctor. But parents should look for warning signs that your child needs a checkup. The American Academy of Family Physicians says a doctor visit is a good idea if your child has: A fever that's above 103 degrees Fahrenheit or persists for more than three days. Cold or flu symptoms that persist beyond 10 days, or flu symptoms ...

With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing

Posted 7 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 5, 2015 – With the start of the new school year, parents need to remind their children about the importance of hand-washing and how to do it properly, an infectious-disease expert says. Hand-washing is the best way to prevent many types of infections, and is especially important after using the bathroom and before eating, according to Dr. Beverly Connelly. She's with the division ...

Add Germ Fighters to College Packing List

Posted 21 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 – Along with their bedding and laptops, college students living away from home need to pack protection against germs, an immunology expert advises. "Because students share many of the same spaces and items in places such as residence halls and dining areas, many germs can spread quickly and easily," Stacey Gorski, an assistant professor of biology at the University of the ...

Beach Sand, Not Water, More Likely to Make You Sick

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Heading to the beach this weekend? A new study finds that when it comes to germs, beachgoers may have more to fear from the sand they sit on than the water they swim in. Studies done with water and sand from Hawaiian beaches found a "higher abundance" of bacteria indicating fecal contamination – bugs such a E. coli, for example – in the sand than in the water. In fact, ...

Contaminated Pet Food, Treats Can Harm People, Too

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – Tainted pet foods and treats may make more than your dog or cat sick, new data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests. Harmful bacteria can also make owners ill if they handle contaminated pet products improperly, and bacteria such as salmonella can spread from pets to people, the agency said. "Ultimately, we're hoping to learn ways FDA can help minimize ...

'Cruise Ship' Norovirus Bug Can Spread by Air, Study Finds

Posted 6 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – Noroviruses – those notorious stomach bugs that have infected scores of people and ruined countless cruise ship vacations – can spread through the air and infect people several feet away, according to new research. These findings suggest that current safety precautions implemented to control noroviruses may not be enough. The study also helps explain why outbreaks of ...

Half of U.S. Hospitals Could Do More to Prevent Serious Infections, Study Finds

Posted 29 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 – Too few hospitals in the United States are doing everything they can to protect patients from a potentially deadly intestinal infection, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Michigan surveyed almost 400 hospitals nationwide to determine what measures they had taken to prevent Clostridium difficile infections, which kill nearly 30,000 Americans a year ...

2 Deaths, Scores of Potential 'Superbug' Infections at UCLA Med Center

Posted 19 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 – At least 100 patients may have been exposed to medical devices contaminated with a "superbug" at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where the devices are already believed to be responsible for seven serious infections, including two deaths. Endoscopes that were used to perform digestive procedures between October and January were contaminated with ...

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