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Steer Clear of Obese Friends With the Flu

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – Excess weight boosts the odds of flu complications, but that's not all. Obese adults are contagious for much longer than their slim peers, researchers report. It's known that obesity increases a person's risk of hospitalization and death from flu, but these findings suggest extreme weight may also play a role in how the flu spreads. "This is the first real evidence that ...

Who Will and Who Won't Get the Flu?

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Doctors can't yet predict if someone exposed to the flu will become sick. But such predictions may be getting closer to reality, new research hints. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine say they've identified a "biomarker" that indicates a person's susceptibility to flu viruses. "We've been after this for about four years," said study senior author ...

Pediatricians Back Flu Shot, Not Nasal Spray Vaccine

Posted 8 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – Parents should choose to have their children get the flu shot in the fall instead of the nasal spray flu vaccine, pediatricians say. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the shot, which is an inactivated flu vaccine, is the more effective option. The nasal spray should only be used as a last resort for kids who would otherwise go unvaccinated against ...

Humidity Won't Hamper Spread of Flu Virus

Posted 7 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – Humidity doesn't hinder the ability of flu viruses to infect people, claims a new study that challenges a long-held belief that the viruses become less active in moist conditions. The researchers found that mucus and other airway secretions expelled during coughs or sneezes protect flu viruses when they're airborne, regardless of humidity levels. The findings have ...

Could Rover Unleash a Flu Pandemic?

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 – Dog lovers might be distressed by the latest research on flu pandemics. In the new study, scientists suggest that your beloved furry companion could trigger a flu pandemic among people in the future. Why? Researchers found that flu strains can jump from pigs to dogs, and that flu is becoming increasingly diverse in dogs. That all spells trouble for humans, because they ...

Many, But Not All, Hospitals Require Flu Shots for Staffers

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 – With this year's terrible flu season a fresh memory, a new study finds that more U.S. hospitals are requiring staffers to get flu shots, but VA hospitals lag behind. In two surveys done four years apart, the number of Veterans Affairs hospitals mandating flu shots rose only slightly, from 1 percent in 2013 to 4 percent in 2017, researchers said. Conversely, the number of ...

Even a 'Bad' Flu Vaccine Could Save 61,000 Lives: Study

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – A truly dismal flu vaccine could still save thousands of lives, as long as roughly 40 percent of Americans got their shots, new research suggests. At that coverage level, a vaccine that was only 20 percent effective would avert 21 million infections and almost 130,000 hospitalizations – and save 61,000 lives. Why? Computer modeling shows that the number of people who ...

With Warmer Weather Comes Wrap-Up of Severe Flu Season

Posted 31 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 – Spring continues to take the bite out of this year's brutal flu season, new numbers show. For starters: yet another drop was seen in doctor visits, and less severe strains of influenza are becoming ever more dominant. But hospitalizations for the flu are still a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths, the latest federal numbers show. For the seventh ...

End of Brutal Flu Season in Sight

Posted 24 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – It's been a particularly tough flu season, but spring – and real relief – may be near, new numbers show. The flu season continues to wind down, with yet another drop seen in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza becoming ever more dominant. But hospitalizations for the flu are still a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths, the latest ...

More Bad Flu News: It May Raise Your Heart Attack Risk

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Suffering a nasty bout of the flu or pneumonia is bad enough, but now research suggests it might also spell trouble for your heart. In a study of nearly 2,000 people in Scotland, those who had battled the flu or pneumonia were six times more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke in the days after their sickness began. But "for most young, healthy people, the ...

When Is a Sick Fellow Air Passenger a Health Risk to You?

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – If you worry about catching a nasty infection when you fly, a new study suggests your risk boils down to exactly how close you are to that sick passenger. A row in front, a row in back, a couple of seats to the side, and your chances of getting sick jump, researchers report. "Passengers should not, however, worry about getting sick from somebody coughing five rows ...

Flu Season Finally Slowing Down

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – As winter nears its end so too does a tough flu season, with new data showing a decline in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza beginning to dominate. But hospitalizations for the flu remained a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths. For the fifth week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor visits for flu-like illness, the ...

Study Debunks Link Between Tamiflu and Teen Suicide

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – Finally, there's a bit of positive news in this brutal flu season. A new study suggests that Tamiflu (oseltamivir), the only commercially available prescription medicine approved to treat the flu, does not boost suicide risk among children and teens. Since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required a warning on Tamiflu packaging that it may cause ...

Nasty Flu Season Easing Up

Posted 9 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – A brutal flu season looks to be on the wane in the United States, with the latest government data showing that doctor visits are still dropping and less severe strains of the flu are starting to dominate. But hospitalizations for the flu are still rising, as are pediatric deaths. For the fourth week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor visits for ...

Young Men Face Higher Risk for Rare Flu Complication

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Young men recovering from the flu should be aware of a side effect that causes nerve damage, a health expert warns. To combat the flu virus, your immune system produces antibodies. In rare cases, these antibodies also attack myelin, which is the protective sheath around the nerves, explained Dr. Sheetal Shroff, a neurologist with Houston Methodist health system in Texas ...

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