Tag: Flu

Man Flu Does Exist: Study Shows Men Suffer More When Sick

Do men experience worse symptoms than women when they catch the flu or are they just overreacting? In a recently published review, a Canadian doctor delved further into the matter to find out whether this is true or not.


Young Mother Dies Just One Day After Flu Diagnosis

Alanie 'Joie' Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother of two from Arizona, had died on Nov. 28 just one day after she was diagnosed with the flu. The flu caused Murrieta to develop pneumonia, which is an infection in the lungs.

Medicine December 5, 2017

Painless 'Microneedle' Patches Work As Well As Flu Injections

Researchers have developed new microneedle patches that can administer flu vaccines without the pain of using regular shots. People can simply press the patches on their skin and wait for the vaccine to be absorbed by their bodies.

Medicine June 28, 2017

Dog Flu Cases Confirmed In Florida: Symptoms To Watch Out For

H3N2 canine influenza virus infected at least seven dogs in Florida. What are the symptoms of the dog flu, and what should pet owners do if they suspect infection?

Public Health May 30, 2017

Frog Skin Mucus May Help Kill Strains Of Flu Virus

A peptide found in the skin mucus of a frog in southern India can potentially fight strains of flu. How does the peptide urumin work against influenza virus?

Medicine April 19, 2017

Healthy Kids Can Die From Flu: What Health Experts Recommend To Prevent This

Children with medical conditions have increased risk for flu-related complications and death. A new study by researchers from CDC, however, revealed fatal cases of children who were healthy before contracting the influenza virus.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Flu Vaccination Can Save Lives Of Children: Study

A CDC study revealed that vaccinated children run a lesser risk of succumbing to flu virus, compared with non-vaccinated kids. The result was determined after a data analysis of four flu seasons from 2010 to 2014.

Public Health April 5, 2017

How Effective Is The Flu Vaccine? Number Of Cases Continues To Rise

Flu vaccine is only 48 percent effective against the most common strain of flu virus, according to epidemiologists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials urged people to get vaccinated, noting that less than half of Americans got the shot.

Public Health February 26, 2017

Scientists Working On Better Flu Vaccine For Dogs

Researchers are working on improving canine flu vaccine. They are targeting the creation of the live-attenuated canine influenza vaccine, away from the killed or inactivated virus currently being used for canine shots.

Animals February 20, 2017

Winter Blues: Are You Having A Cold Or The Flu?

The CDC noted that it could be hard to tell the flu from a cold, since both are viral in nature and lead to similar symptoms. The only surefire way to know is to consult a doctor and get a flu test.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 11, 2017

Flu Cases In Children Still On The Rise, Doctors Warn

Pediatric flu death is considered a key marker of a harsh flu season. Thus experts are closely watching flu cases in children in the current flu season, which is fast turning into a harsh one.

Public Health February 8, 2017

Watch Out For Cold Spells! You’re Likelier To Catch The Flu After Outdoor Temperature Suddenly Drops

After looking into three years’ worth of scientific data from 20,000 virus samples and weather statistics, researchers from Sweden found that flu outbreaks always begin a week after the first cold spell of winter.

Public Health January 26, 2017

Flu Cases On The Rise: Experts Issue Vaccine Recommendations

Specialists issue vaccination recommendations against flu, since more cases have been recorded. The virus, A H3N2, is best avoided through vaccine and not other alternative means.

Public Health January 7, 2017

Your Birth Year May Be A Flu Risk Factor

Researchers discovered a connection between people's year of birth and the type of immunity they have to the influenza virus. The connection lies in one of the two type of the virus the person had the first flu from.

Public Health November 11, 2016

Scientists Develop Two Universal Flu Vaccines To Protect Against Future Pandemics

Flu season is here and the CDC is urging Americans to get vaccinated. Understanding the importance of flu vaccines, researchers have developed two universal formulations offering better, longer-lasting protection.

Medicine October 1, 2016

CDC Urges Americans To Get Flu Shots: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 2016-2017 Flu Season

The CDC is urging people to get their flu shots in preparation for 2016-2017 flu season. The decline in vaccination coverage last season has prompted health experts to emphasize the importance of flu shots.

Public Health October 1, 2016

Pediatricians Recommend Kids To Get Flu Vaccine In The Form Of Shot Not Nasal Spray

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that children get flu vaccine in the form of shot and not through nasal spray. Studies found that FluMist was only 3 percent effective during the past flu seasons.

Public Health September 7, 2016

Flu Vaccine Lowers Heart Failure And Stroke-Related Hospitalization Rates In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes patients who were vaccinated with flu vaccine are less likely to be admitted to the hospital because of stroke and heart failure. They also have lower risk of death during the flu season.

Medicine July 26, 2016

Flu Jab Is More Effective When Given Early In The Morning, Study Says

Flu shots given early in the morning are more effective than ones given later during the day, revealed a new study done by researchers at the University of Birmingham. These findings could prove instrumental in improving the overall vaccination strategies.

Public Health April 27, 2016

Pop Music Superstar Prince Dies At 57

Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park compound home. Authorities have initiated an investigation on the circumstances surrounding the legendary music icon's death.

Life & Style April 22, 2016

Cigarette Smoke And Flu Virus May Reduce Efficacy Of Lung Medications

Exposure to cigarette smoke and a type of flu virus could reduce the effectiveness of a commonly used drug called salbutamol. This drug aims to increase airflow into patients' lungs by dilating the airways for easier breathing.

LIFE April 11, 2016

Flu Trap That Captures Viruses Stops Spread Of Infection

UK researchers developed a so-called germ trap with a virus capture rate of over 99 percent. The technology is believed to be an affordable product in the future that can be incorporated in filters of masks and air filtration systems.

LIFE March 22, 2016

Spike In Influenza Cases Prompts Hospitals To Restrict Visitors

Several hospitals across the United States are taking precaution as cases of late-winter influenza continue to rise. The high number of influenza cases prompted officials to implement stricter visitor regulations.

LIFE March 6, 2016

Influenza Virus Can Hide From Body's Immune System

When a virus enters the body, the immune system acts to fight it. Researchers found that influenza can cheat the body's protective mechanism and go undetected.

LIFE February 26, 2016

Experts Warn US Dog Owners As Dog Flu Spreads: Signs, Symptoms And Treatment Of Canine Influenza H3N2

Veterinarians in the United States warn pet owners to take good care of their dogs as a highly-contagious strain of dog flu is spreading across the country. One new case of canine influenza H3N2 has been confirmed in Texas.

LIFE January 25, 2016

Female Hormone Estrogen Helps Women Fight Flu Virus

A new study found that the female hormone estrogen helps women fight flu virus better. Researchers, however, do not recommend taking the pills just to prevent influenza.

LIFE January 20, 2016

Selfish Genes Tell You To Stay Home And Rest When You Are Sick

Sickness behavior is an evolutionary adaptation to keep a sick person isolated and prevent transfer of disease to others. Experts think there is a strong case for letting these "selfish genes" kick in.

LIFE January 9, 2016

Flu Virus Hijacking Tactics During Infection Holds Key To More Effective Antiviral Treatments

Researchers discovered the hijacking tactics of flu viruses that enable them to penetrate human hosts. The discovery is said to pave the way for more effective antiviral treatments.

LIFE January 7, 2016

Molecules That Promote Growth Of Influenza Viruses May Hold Key To New Flu Treatment

Researchers identified 20 new host molecules that promote the growth of the influenza A virus and may help in developing new flu treatments. By blocking these host molecules, the spread of IAV within the body can be prevented.

LIFE December 15, 2015

Early Flu Vaccine Tied To Fewer Symptoms, Reduced Times Missed At Work

Health care workers vaccinated earlier in the season exhibited less flu-like symptoms and were less likely to lose working days. However, there are still misconceptions about flu shots that are preventing them from getting inoculated.

LIFE December 14, 2015

New Vaccine Strategy Protects Cancer Patients From Flu

Scientists presented a novel vaccine strategy to lower influenza infection risks among cancer patients who are most at risk. The flu vaccine technique reduced infection to 6 percent instead of the projected 20 percent.

LIFE December 8, 2015

Permanent Flu Vaccine Could Make Annual Shots A Thing Of The Past

The constant mutation of the influenza virus strains make getting permanent immunity for flu difficult to achieve but if it can be made possible, annual flu shots and billions of dollars lost to these yearly efforts can become a thing of the past.

LIFE November 12, 2015

Spike In Flu Cases Prompts Australia To Add Another Strain To Vaccine For 2016 Season

Instead of the three typical flu strains, the new vaccine in Australia will comprise four strains - two influenza A and two influenza B strains - based on WHO recommendations. Influenza B strains are believed to have caused about 62 percent of flu cases in Australia during the winter.

LIFE November 7, 2015

Indiana Records First Flu Related Death Of The Season

The flu season is expected to kick start this December, but a flu-related death was first reported in Indiana this early. Hence, health officials are recommending that families get their flu shots immediately.

LIFE October 29, 2015

Uninsured Adults Can Get Free Flu Shots Starting This Week

With flu season closing in, healthcare experts recommend for everyone at least 6 month old and above to get their annual flu shot. A Springfield based coalition is offering these flu vaccines for free to the uninsured adults.

LIFE October 20, 2015

Everybody Urged To Get Flu Shots: Vaccine Expected To Provide More Protection Than Last Year’s

CDC said at least 171 million doses of flu vaccine are expected in 2015. CDC director Tom Frieden urged Americans to “just get one” for protection.

LIFE October 9, 2015

Scientists Want To Test Efficacy Of Flu Drugs Tamiflu And Relenza In Pandemics

A report concludes that popular antivirals Tamiflu and Relenza can reduce the duration of seasonal flu symptoms by 14 to 17 hours. However, the evidence does not support the regular use of the drugs unless the flu strain is specifically severe or the patient is very ill, as the risks may outweigh the benefits.

LIFE October 9, 2015

New Flu Shot Should Be More Effective Than Last Year's Hit-And-Miss Version, CDC Says

This year's flu shot should be a better match for strains of influenza expected to be circulating in the U.S., the CDC says. American are being urged to take advantage of that and get vaccinated.

LIFE September 18, 2015

Researchers Make Important Breakthrough That Could Lead To 'Universal' Flu Vaccine

Two new studies may have discovered the breakthrough concept that may lead to the formulation of a "universal" flu vaccine. The researchers tested their laboratory subjects and found that very promising results.

LIFE August 25, 2015

Researchers Studying Method of Preventing Flu Without Using Vaccines

The world has largely relied on flu vaccines to keep influenza at bay, but now that may all change as researchers reveal that it’s possible to prevent the flu without a vaccination.

LIFE August 13, 2015

Australian Researchers Working On Universal Flu Shot That Will Provide Lifetime Immunity

Researchers are working on a flu shot that can offer protection for life. A universal flu shot will eliminate the need of getting a flu jab every year.

LIFE May 15, 2015

Cleaning With Bleach? You Might Be Putting Your Kid's Health At Risk

A study has found that bleach may be causing children to contract more infections such as flu and tonsillitis.

LIFE April 4, 2015

Ex-VP Walter Mondale Hospitalized At Mayo Due To Influenza

Walter Mondale, Former Vice President of the U.S. hospitalized due to flu. He is being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

LIFE March 8, 2015

U.S. Sees Highest Rate Of Older Adult Hospitalization In 10 Years

The U.S. is seeing the highest-ever rate of adult hospitalization in the last decade per a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

LIFE March 6, 2015

FDA Hoping To Improve Flu Vaccine In Preparation For 2015-2016 Flu Season

The FDA is improving on the flu vaccine for 2015-2016 flu season. The FDA will make necessary changes to the flu vaccine as per the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO).

LIFE March 5, 2015

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