Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Discovery could lead to way to boost immune response to vaccine, researchers suggest
Q: What are the differences between a cold and the flu? A: The common cold is a mild, viral respiratory illness seen year round, characterized by a cough, scratchy throat, runny nose, headache, and sinus congestion. It usually has no lingering complications once symptoms abate.
Preliminary research suggests a connection between the two
Almost 30 percent fewer kids under 2 hospitalized for serious lung infections
9 Flu Hacks That'll Make Your Life Better
What are some common misconceptions about flu shots?
Finding provides new target for drug development, experts say
As it turns out, Thieret had developed pneumonia from an H1N1 influenza infection that packed her inflamed lungs so densely with fluid that her lung X-rays, usually mostly black, appeared as white.
It is not yet flu season, but it is now officially flu shot season. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rolled up his sleeve at a news conference in Washington on Thursday to emphasize the need for more Americans to protect themselves and the people around them from the common, and potentially deadly, disease.
Two studies found peramivir shortened symptoms
But health officials still urge people to get inoculated because the shot should offer some protection
Ramped-up vaccine elicits greater immune response, study finds
Memory of correct way to use inhalers, epinephrine pens faded over time, researchers report
Doctors explain reasons behind surge in cases of chicken pox, mumps, whooping cough and the like
Infection rate went down among other population segments, such as preschoolers and adults
Health officials cite reports on the vaccine's potentially limited effectiveness
Discovery could lead to way to boost immune response to vaccine, researchers suggest
Vaccine not a good match for mutated strains circulating now, officials say
Health care providers urged to recommend vaccine to pregnant women, to protect their babies