Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cold, Flu, Allergy

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Getting the flu early in pregnancy doubles risk of birth defects, according to March of Dimes
An egg shortage has driven up prices at the supermarket, caused in part by an outbreak of avian flu in the Midwest. But health officials say there is no need to worry about the supply of certain eggs outside the kitchen: the ones used to grow and incubate flu vaccine for humans.
Fewer than six hours a night linked to higher rate of illness, researchers say
Study suggests about 57 percent of hospitalizations for flu-related pneumonia might be prevented
They're targeting part of a protein that attaches to all influenza subtypes
Despite the sweltering heat, some researchers are still preoccupied by cold and flu season, especially Scott Hensley of the Wistar Institute, who hopes vaccines being developed for the 2015-16 flu season will provide more protection than last year's versions.
Both are at their worst this time of year, study says
Infection hits younger people more often, maybe because they mingle in larger groups, researcher suggests
Researchers reviewed collected data on the influenza medication
If finding bears out in humans, new vaccines might not have to be developed every year
Vaccine can be used in seniors, who are often hit hardest by illness
Take steps to help ease coughing
Now sanctioned for adults 18 to 65 with known or suspected exposure
Videos of sneezers show droplets are of varying sizes, move at high velocity
Previously, the spread has been limited to within families, researchers say
Previously, the spread has been limited to within families, researchers say
'Get Smart' tips from an expert to prevent their overuse
Kids given azithromycin were less likely to develop severe respiratory illness, study says
But, researchers don't know if virus could then spread from person-to-person