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Health Tip: Flu 101

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by

-- About 10 percent of Americans get the flu each year, mostly as the weather turns colder. While for most people the flu is a major inconvenience but a minor health threat, for older adults and others with weaker immune systems, the flu can be life-threatening. The U.S. National Institute on Aging says you should contact a doctor without delay if: Your fever goes away and comes back. This could ...

Skip the Cold Meds for Kids Under 6, Experts Say

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids. But parents who want to alleviate a sick child's misery would do best to avoid over-the-counter cough and cold remedies. Decongestants should not be given to children younger than 6 because there's no evidence that they do any good, according to a new review published online ...

Here's Another Good Reason to Not Pick Your Nose

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – Your Mom told you not to do it, and new research confirms that nose-picking isn't healthy for you or those around you. In a study involving 40 adults, British researchers found that the bacteria behind potentially lethal pneumonia could be spread by picking and rubbing the nose. It was known that the pneumococcus bacteria that cause pneumonia spread through airborne ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Product Quest Manufacturing LLC Recalls All Nasal Products and Baby Oral Gels Manufactured at Florida Facility Due to Possible Microbial Contamination

Posted 1 Sep 2018 by

Product Quest Manufacturing (“Product Quest”) announced its voluntary recall of Lot# 173089J of CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist due to a finding of microbial contamination identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Out of an abundance of caution, Product Quest has decided to expand the recall to include all lots of nasal products and baby oral gels currently within expiration that were man ...

Here's a Part of Aging That Really Stinks

Posted 16 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 – Unpleasant phantom odors haunt many older Americans, a new study finds. Of more than 7,400 people over age 40 who took part in a federal health survey, 6.5 percent said they experience nasty odors – such as burning hair or the reek of an ashtray – from nowhere. That's 1 in 15 people. As folks age, their ability to identify odors tends to decrease, but their detection ...

Health Tip: Common Signs of Sinusitis

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by

-- Sinusitis occurs when the lining of the hollow passages in your cheeks, forehead or below your eyes become inflamed. When swelling persists for more than two weeks, it may signal a sinus infection. The American Rhinologic Association mentions these typical symptoms of sinusitis: Nasal obstruction or congestion. Thick and discolored drainage. Decreased senses of smell or taste. Facial ...

A Boy, Two Magnets -- and a Trip to the ER

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – Proving yet again that kids will try almost anything when you're not watching, one European 11-year-old wedged two small magnetized disks up his nostrils – causing serious medical issues, his doctors report. The unnamed child from Cyprus was brought to a hospital six hours later with a nosebleed and "severe pain," the physicians wrote in the Oct. 26 issue of the New ...

People Deemed Better Looking, Better Off After a Nose Job

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – Is a "nose job" worth it? And if so, how much? A new study suggests that casual observers may think patients who undergo such procedures are more attractive, more successful and healthier. "While we are not suggesting that [a nose job] is the only way to improve one's appearance, improving our attractiveness and health as compared to others conveys a competitive ...

Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Childhood Sinusitis

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by

--Your child's sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years, but the child can still develop a sinus infection. Although small, the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (between the eyes) sinuses are present at birth. Childhood sinus problems may be difficult to diagnose, because symptoms may be caused by other problems, such as a viral illness or allergy. According to the ...

Kids' Colds Linked to Asthma, Lung Problems Later

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Kids who develop respiratory infections like colds or sinusitis may have a higher risk of asthma and reduced lung function later in life, a new study says. Researchers examined data from nearly 155,000 children in Europe. They were followed from birth through ages 4 to 15 years. Those who had an upper respiratory infection – such as a cold, sinusitis, laryngitis and ...

Health Tip: Rid Your Bedroom of Allergens

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by

-- Sneezing and sniffling triggered by allergies can prevent a good night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to rid your bedroom of allergens: If you're allergic to pets, keep them out of the bedroom. Bathe pets weekly. Cover your mattress and pillows in dust mite covers, and wash sheets regularly in hot water. Opt for blankets made of synthetic materials, not wool. Limit mold ...

Was It Love at First Smell?

Posted 18 May 2017 by

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – Beauty isn't always in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, it's in the ears or nose of the beholder, too. New research indicates that a person's voice and scent can be just as important as physical appearance in how attractive someone is to others. The findings – from a review of 30 years of published research – appear in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. "Recently, ...

Humans Do Just Fine When Sniffing Out Smells

Posted 11 May 2017 by

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 – Humans no longer need to have an inferiority complex about their sense of smell, new research suggests. The myth that people have a weaker sense of smell than other creatures has survived for the last 150 years without any scientific proof, said study author John McGann. He's a neuroscientist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. McGann has studied the sense of ...

Ready for Spring Allergies?

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – Spring routinely spells misery for allergy sufferers, but a recent survey reveals that most patients don't try to manage their symptoms until it's too late. The survey asked more than 1,000 adults with seasonal allergies and more than 500 parents of children with seasonal allergies how they prepared for the high pollen counts that come with warmer weather. The survey ...

Could Fading Sense of Smell Mean Death Is Closer?

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – Loss of smell even in your 40s and 50s is linked to an earlier death – and dementia isn't the culprit, a new study suggests. The Swedish study found that in middle age and beyond, people with a poor sense of smell had about a 20 percent increased risk of dying within 10 years, said study co-author Jonas Olofsson. "The sense of smell seems to be a good indicator of ...

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