Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cold, Flu, Allergy

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This year's flu season is officially on the wane. It peaked in January, and 12 states - including Pennsylvania and New Jersey - reported low levels of influenza-like illness in the week ending Feb. 14, according to federal health officials.
Next season's shot includes last year's missing strain
How parents can help relieve kids' hay fever symptoms
And nasal version appears to provide no protection at all for young children
Doctors predict a shorter but rougher stretch of coughing, sneezing and wheezing
A special protein enhances sleep’s healing power and speeds flu recovery
How many times has a grandmother recommended sleep to calm the flu? Now, science is showing that she’s right – thanks to help from a special brain protein. The finding could lead to some novel treatments to help the body fight the flu virus, sprayed right up the nose.
US-HEALTH-WHO-FLU:Watch out for nasty global flu surprises, WHO warns
Blacks less likely than whites to get immunized, survey shows
Some areas are starting to see a decline in infections, official says
In a small new study, skipping the flu vaccine was associated with a higher risk for trouble with a sense of smell or taste.
These prescription meds have been available for years, but safety, quality are concerns
For serious grass allergy, shots may be more effective, researcher says
Strain of H3N2 virus that was circulating did not match strain used in vaccine