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Health Tip: Feeling Sick After a Trip?

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can ruin the pleasant memories of a dream vacation faster than coming home sick. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should see a doctor if you have: A fever within a month of visiting a country where there's malaria. See your doctor without delay. Diarrhea that lasts two weeks or longer. Rashes, bug bites, boils or fungal infections, especially if accompanied by fever. If you do see a doctor, share all details of your travels, including where you went, the length of your trip, where you stayed and where you swam. Read more

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Many Parts of the World Lack Soap for Hand-Washing

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – For many families in poor countries, soap is a luxury that they do without, a new study finds. Hand-washing with soap can help prevent the spread of diseases, especially pneumonia and diarrhea. These ills caused about 1.6 million child deaths worldwide in 2013, the researchers said. "Hand-washing prevents leading causes of the 6 million deaths that occur annually in young children around the world. Never before has hand-washing been systematically measured in so many countries," said study co-author Dr. Pavani Ram. She is director of the University at Buffalo's Community for Global Health Equity in New York. "These data are useful to public health programs and policy makers because they underscore the deep inequities that persist globally and within countries, contributing to these preventable child deaths among people living in poverty and in rural areas in ... Read more

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Probiotic Supplements Failed to Prevent Babies' Infections

Posted 3 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – Probiotic supplements may not protect babies from catching colds or stomach bugs in day care, a new clinical trial suggests. Probiotics are bacteria and other microorganisms that dwell in the body, aiding in digestion, immunity and other vital functions. Probiotic supplements provide some of those same organisms. Most often, products contain strains of the bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. That's what researchers tested in the new study – with disappointing results. Among 290 babies in child care, those given probiotics every day for six months were no less likely to suffer respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, the investigators found. The findings stand in contrast to some past studies: Specifically, two trials have found that probiotics cut the risk of gastrointestinal infections among babies ... Read more

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Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Dangerous Viruses

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – An experimental antiviral drug is effective against a number of coronaviruses, including some that can cause deadly epidemics, researchers say. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that infect birds and mammals, including humans. These viruses include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which has a 10 percent death rate, and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which has a 40 percent death rate. Currently, there are no effective antiviral drugs for coronaviruses, the study authors pointed out. In this study, laboratory tests showed that the experimental drug called GS-5734 was effective against SARS, MERS and other coronaviruses. GS-5734 is currently in clinical development for treatment of Ebola virus, the researchers said. The investigators also found that the drug was effective against SARS in mice, according to the study in the June 28 ... Read more

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Bye-Bye Flu Shot, Hello Patch?

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – An experimental flu vaccine patch with dissolving microneedles appears safe and effective, a preliminary study shows. The patch has 100 solid, water-soluble and painless microneedles that are just long enough to penetrate the skin. Researchers say it could offer a pain-free and more convenient alternative to flu shots. "This bandage-strip sized patch of painless and dissolvable needles can transform how we get vaccinated," said Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, director of the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, which funded the study. "A particularly attractive feature is that this vaccination patch could be delivered in the mail and self-administered. In addition, this technology holds promise for delivering other vaccines in the future," he said in an institute news release. The study of 100 adults found that the patch triggered a strong ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are You Well Enough to Travel?

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Since germs can spread easily in a confined airplane cabin, it's important to make sure that it's safe to fly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should avoid plane travel if: You have a baby who is less than 2 days old, or if you're beyond 36 weeks pregnant. You've had a recent surgery or injury to the head, eye or stomach. You've had a recent stroke or heart attack. You've had recent chest pain, sinus problems, brain swelling, a contagious illness, sickle cell disease, psychotic episode or a serious respiratory disease. You've had a recent fever and rash, vomiting or diarrhea. Read more

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Flu Shot Falls Short More Often for Obese People: Study

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – A flu shot is the best way to avoid getting sick, but new research reveals the vaccine doesn't work as well for people who are obese. Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found obese people who got a flu shot were twice as likely as their normal-weight peers to still get sick. Obesity is tied to an increased risk for several chronic health issues, the study authors explained. People who are obese are also more likely to die from the flu, they added. For the study, the researchers compared effectiveness of the flu vaccine among 1,022 adults. Participants received the seasonal trivalent inactivated flu vaccine during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 flu seasons. The researchers evaluated their symptoms and used lab tests to measure their immune system's response to the shot. The study, published recently in the International Journal of ... Read more

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When a Divorce Turns Bitter, Kids' Immune Systems May Pay a Price

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – An unfriendly divorce can raise a child's risk of colds in adulthood, a new study suggests. "Early life stressful experiences do something to our physiology and inflammatory processes that increase risk for poorer health and chronic illness," explained researcher Michael Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "This work is a step forward in our understanding of how family stress during childhood may influence a child's susceptibility to disease 20-40 years later," Murphy said in a university news release. He's a psychology postdoctoral research associate. The study found that children whose parents separate and don't speak are at increased risk for colds as adults. Previous research has shown that adults who experience the split of parents during childhood are at increased risk for poorer health. The authors of this new study believe their work may ... Read more

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Can People 'Sniff' Out Illness in Others?

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – People's ability to use smell and vision to detect and avoid others who are sick is better than believed, a new study suggests. Researchers injected harmless bacteria into volunteers, to trigger classic symptoms of illness such as tiredness, pain and fever. These study participants were photographed and filmed, and odor samples were taken from them. Another group of people were given brain scans while they were shown the images and exposed to the odor of the "ill" group along with a "control group" of healthy people. These volunteers were then asked to identify which people in the two groups looked sick, which they considered attractive and which they might socialize with. "Our study shows a significant difference in how people tend to prefer and be more willing to socialize with healthy people than those who are sick and whose immune system we artificially ... Read more

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Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu?

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 – The vast majority of U.S. child care centers are not fully prepared to handle the risks posed by a possible influenza pandemic, a new investigation warns. The finding is based on the results of two flu-preparedness telephone surveys conducted in 2008 and 2016, both before and after the 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic. During both surveys, only 7 percent of child care center directors said that they had taken sufficient steps to prepare, even though about two-thirds said they were concerned about the threat. The main issues were "a lack of knowledge of what to do to prepare, where to find information, not having the time, and lacking resources," said study author Dr. Timothy Shope. Shope is an associate professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the H1N1 pandemic originated in ... Read more

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Slimy Frog Might Be a Flu Fighter

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – It sounds like weird science, but the slime that coats the skin of South Indian frogs might fight some strains of the flu. A new mouse study suggests this is so, although research in animals frequently doesn't pan out in humans. What the researchers found was that certain peptides in the frogs' skin mucus can destroy the H1 variety of influenza viruses. It was known that frogs' skin can secrete peptides that protect against bacteria. Peptides are short chains of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. The new findings suggest these peptides could help lead to new antiviral treatments as well, the researchers said. Such drugs could prove important when vaccines aren't available to deal with new strains of pandemic flu, or when known flu strains develop resistance to current medications, said study senior author Joshy Jacob. One of the peptides in the ... Read more

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When Parents Get Vaccinated, Their Kids Do Too

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – When parents get a flu shot, their kids are more likely to be vaccinated against not only the flu, but also other diseases, new research reveals. Investigators first focused on the flu vaccine, and found that the kids of parents who got the flu shot were nearly three times more likely to get the shot themselves. But the trickle-down effect did not stop there. When parents got flu shots, they were also more likely to make sure their kids were vaccinated against other diseases, especially the human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine protects against several cancers, including cervical cancer in women and penile cancer in men. And the reverse held true. "Parents who chose not to immunize themselves for influenza were more likely to have children who weren't immunized against other diseases, such as HPV," said study lead researcher Steve Robison, from the Oregon ... Read more

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Flu Season All But Over in U.S.

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 – This year's flu season is rapidly winding down and is expected to end within the next couple of weeks, U.S. health officials predicted Friday. It was a year much like the past few flu seasons, when the H3N2 virus was the most prevalent strain. That strain usually is hardest on the elderly and the very young. But this flu season there was a slight twist – middle-aged people were more affected than children, said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We are not done yet, there's still flu out there, but it is declining," she said. "This is the first week that influenza A and B are both going down." The 2016-2017 season followed a typical course, Brammer said. "We had a large wave of influenza H3N2 and then we had a smaller wave of influenza B at the end – not an uncommon pattern," she said. However, the ... Read more

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Parents Don't Always Head to Child's Doctor When Illness Strikes

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – Many American parents don't count on getting a same-day appointment with their child's doctor and turn to other health care options when their kids are suddenly sick, a new survey finds. More than 2,000 parents of youngsters up to age 18 were surveyed in the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. The parents were asked about trying to make a health provider appointment or to get health advice if their child woke up with a sore throat and fever. Forty-two percent of parents said they would take their child to an urgent care, retail clinic or emergency department. But another 42 percent said they would call their child's doctor for advice. More parents believed they could get same-day phone advice (60 percent) than get a same-day appointment with their child's doctor (53 percent). Only 10 percent of parents said they would use email to ... Read more

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Health Highlights: March 7, 2017

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Republicans Introduce Obamacare Replacement An initial Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act was formally introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday. The proposed package scraps the mandate for health insurance and instead offers tax incentives designed to encourage Americans to get health insurance coverage, The New York Times reported. The bill does propose preserving two of the most popular elements of the health care reform law known as Obamacare. There would still be safeguards for people with pre-existing medical conditions, and young adults would still be able to stay on their parent's health insurance plans until the age of 26. But the highly unpopular fines on people who choose not to buy health insurance would be eliminated. Preliminary voting on the ... Read more

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