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CDC Warns of Polio-Like Virus Striking More U.S. Kids

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TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 – A rare but devastating polio-like virus appears to have made itself at home in the United States, partially paralyzing hundreds of children. There have been 127 cases reported in 22 states so far this year, with 62 confirmed as acute flaccid myelitis, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, head of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for ...

AHA: Common Virus Causes Heart Defects in Mice

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A virus that infects millions of Americans every year may on occasion cause heart defects during the early stages of pregnancy, a new study in mice suggests. The findings may give researchers further insights into the causes of congenital heart disease. The effects of the virus, called coxsackievirus B, may not be identical in human babies ...

AHA: Scientists May Have Cleared Gene Therapy Hurdle

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Scientists may have found a way to slip a special type of disease-fighting virus past the guard of the body's immune system and into targeted cells where it can do its intended work, according to new research presented Tuesday at a scientific conference. The body naturally reacts to viruses by fighting them off with antibodies that neutralize ...

Health Tip: Understanding West Nile Virus

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by

-- West Nile Virus is an infection that is spread by mosquitoes, and is commonly found in Africa, West Asia and the Middle East. The virus made its way to the United States in 1999 and has been reported in 48 states, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. The main symptoms of West Nile Virus could include skin rash, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, swollen ...

Health Tip: Travel-Related Ills May Surface After You Return

Posted 18 Jun 2018 by

-- Just because you've returned home from a trip abroad doesn't mean you can't get sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Here are the agency's suggestions for what to do when you get back home: Visit your doctor if you are not feeling well after a trip. Be sure to tell your doctor where you went. If you went to an area that may be prone to Zika, apply insect repellent for at ...

Could Rover Unleash a Flu Pandemic?

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by

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 ...

Could New Pig Virus Pose Threat to People?

Posted 16 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – A new virus found in pigs may pose a threat to people, new research suggests. Researchers found the virus was able to infect cultured human cells and cells of other species in a lab. The discovery is raising concerns about a potentially dangerous outbreak in the United States. The pig virus, known as Porcine deltacoronavirus, was first identified in China in 2012. It ...

Health Tip: Prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by

-- Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) most often affects infants and children younger than age 5, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Children that young lack immunity to the viruses that cause HFMD. the agency says. Typical symptoms of the highly contagious disease include: fever, painful mouth sores and a rash on the hands and feet. The CDC recommends these steps to ...

Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by

-- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is abacterial disease spread through the bite of an infected tick. More than 3,000 cases are reported each year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. While most tick bites occur during summer, ticks may bite during other seasons in warm climates. The CDC mentions these common symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Fever. ...

Can 'Mono' Virus Up Odds for 7 Other Diseases?

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Millions of young Americans have lived through the fatigue and discomfort of mononucleosis. Now, new research suggests, but doesn't prove, that the virus that causes the illness may be linked to an increased risk for seven other serious immune-system diseases. Those diseases include lupus; multiple sclerosis; rheumatoid arthritis; juvenile idiopathic arthritis; ...

Birth Defects Affect 7 Percent of Zika-Exposed Babies: Study

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – A new study of pregnant women in the Caribbean further confirms that Zika virus causes birth defects, particularly if infection occurs early in pregnancy. About 7 percent of Zika-infected women in French territories of the Caribbean delivered babies that suffered from birth defects of the brain and eyes, researchers report. These numbers are close to those reflected ...

Best Way to Fight Off Norovirus: Wash Your Hands

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Washing your hands often and thoroughly is the best way to protect yourself if you're caught in a norovirus outbreak, researchers say. Norovirus is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Outbreaks can crop up anywhere and anytime. However, they often occur in densely populated spots with large common areas – cruise ships, vacation resorts, even Olympic ...

Who Gets Unneeded Antibiotics Most Often?

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Some patients are more likely than others to get antibiotics they don't need, new research shows. White adults and children, along with those who had private insurance and lived in urban areas, were more likely to receive a prescription for an antibiotic for common conditions caused by viruses, the researchers said. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections, not ...

Shining a Deadly New Light on Airborne Flu Virus

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – As a particularly nasty flu season rages across the United States, scientists have found a powerful new disinfectant that makes "light" work of the virus. Researchers say a certain spectrum of ultraviolet light – called far-UVC – easily kills airborne flu viruses while posing no risk to people. It could offer a new, inexpensive way to eliminate airborne flu viruses in ...

More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in South Korea

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – With the Winter Olympics set to start Friday, South Korean officials are scrambling to find the source of a nasty stomach infection called norovirus that has sickened 128 people so far. South Korean health officials said Thursday that the new cases included members of the Pyeongchang Olympics Organizing Committee, as well as on-site personnel and cafeteria workers. This ...

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