Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cold, Flu, Allergy

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Blacks less likely than whites to get immunized, survey shows
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.
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.
Researchers reviewed collected data on the influenza medication
California study found certain areas have high numbers of parents who forgo immunizing kids
Stephanie Stahl reports there is a big increase in the number of flu cases compared to this same time last year.
It's not too late to get vaccinated, doctors stress
How mom and others can stay well
Animal study suggests body's defense system doesn't seem to work as well at cooler temperatures
If your “common cold” has been hanging around for more than a week, it may not be a cold at all. It might actually be an allergy disguised as a cold.
And nasal version appears to provide no protection at all for young children
And nasal version appears to provide no protection at all for young children
Bug that causes common cold, other infections often to blame, study finds
Blacks less likely than whites to get immunized, survey shows
Study findings reveal possible early risk factors for asthma
Study found children from homes that hand-washed dishes had less allergic disease
Researchers suspect humans have a similar system to guard hearing
Researchers suggest droplets could expose caregivers to lethal virus
Study reveals protective response to rare virus strains