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In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons

Bring on the soup: Fluids will help diminish your headache and bolster your immune response.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Influenza Tamiflu (Drug) Relenza (Drug) Interferon (Protein) Viruses Fever Vaccination and Immunization Respiratory System Source Type: news

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Follow me on Twitter @JohnRossMD If you think that there’s a lot of flu going around this January, you’re absolutely right. Every state except Hawaii is reporting widespread influenza activity, making for a lot of miserable people suffering from classic flu symptoms of cough, fever, headache, stuffy nose, and achy muscles. Hospitals across the United States have been flooded with flu patients. Matters have been made worse by national shortages of IV fluids in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Are we headed toward a historically bad flu season? It’s too early to tell. This year, it could just be that flu season...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Cold and Flu Health Infectious diseases Source Type: blogs
In conclusion… Maybe this year’s flu season will be milder than expected. But I wouldn’t count on it. I’ve had the flu and it’s not pleasant. Do what you can to lessen your risk. It’s worth the effort. The post The flu is here — and so is a new advisory from the CDC appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Cold and Flu Infectious diseases Source Type: blogs
In much of the Northern Hemisphere, December through February is prime time for colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses. Don’t let a cold or the flu ruin your holidays! Learn how to protect yourself and your family with these tips from the Food &Drug Administration (FDA): Get vaccinated against flu Wash your hands often Limit exposure to infected people Keep stress in check Eat a balanced diet Get enough sleep Exercise Symptoms Most viral respiratory infections, like a cold, come and go within a few days, with no lasting effects. But some cause serious health problems. In addition, people who us...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: Consumer Health Health Professionals K-12 Public Health Source Type: news
Discussion Sjögren Syndrome (SS) is named for Swedish ophthalmologist Henrik Sjögren who published a case series in 1933 describing patients with dry eyes and arthritis. SS is a “chronic autoimmune inflammatory exocrinopathy” that is characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of the lacrimal and salivary glands and has various degrees of systematic involvement. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca and xerostomia are the main clinical symptoms. Sicca is a Latin word meaning dry. Dryness of the eyes and mouth without evidence of autoimmune disease is called Sicca syndrome or Sicca complex. SS can be primary or se...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
In conclusion, the vaccine was found to be modestly associated with less severe clinical presentation of influenza among the elderly. Our findings reinforce the need for influenza vaccines providing better protection. PMID: 28291646 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
Seasonal influenza (or “flu”) is most often caused by type A or B influenza viruses. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and a runny nose. The cough can be severe and can last 2 or more weeks.
Source: WHO Feature Stories - Category: Global & Universal Tags: influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 23 December 2016 Source:The Lancet Author(s): Ana Maria Henao-Restrepo, Anton Camacho, Ira M Longini, Conall H Watson, W John Edmunds, Matthias Egger, Miles W Carroll, Natalie E Dean, Ibrahima Diatta, Moussa Doumbia, Bertrand Draguez, Sophie Duraffour, Godwin Enwere, Rebecca Grais, Stephan Gunther, Pierre-Stéphane Gsell, Stefanie Hossmann, Sara Viksmoen Watle, Mandy Kader Kondé, Sakoba Kéïta, Souleymane Kone, Eewa Kuisma, Myron M Levine, Sema Mandal, Thomas Mauget, Gunnstein Norheim, Ximena Riveros, Aboubacar Soumah, Sven Trelle, Andrea S Vicari, John-Arne R&osl...
Source: The Lancet - Category: Journals (General) Source Type: research
  Zika continues to be the virus of the day for returning travelers, but there are several other diseases that we need to consider in these patients when they present to us in the emergency department. Chikungunya is epidemic in many of the same countries as Zika and can be even more devastating. And Avian and MERS-CoV is still present in many countries. Unlike patients infected with Zika virus, these patients do require isolation to protect our health care staff from infection. Chikungunya Chikungunya, which means “to walk bent over,” was likely endemic but unrecognized in the United States before the mos...
Source: EPMonthly.com - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
There are hundreds of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses; influenza (the “flu”) is just one group of viruses which can cause mild to severe illness, and sometimes even death. Certain people — such as the very young or the very old, pregnant women, or those with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease — are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. Though the numbers fluctuate, the flu leads to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 deaths every year in the U.S., based on the numbers from the last few decades. How...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Cold and Flu Infectious diseases Prevention Vaccines Source Type: blogs
AbstractIn children, influenza is one among the commonest causes of acute respiratory illness and loss of school days. Influenza A, B, and C are 3 types of viruses responsible for illness. Type A virus has many subtypes based on antigens but Type B and Type C viruses have no known subtypes. Currently, influenza A/H1N1, A/H3N2, and influenza type B viruses are circulating in humans. Transmission of influenza occurs through droplets from infected person or through direct contact with person or fomites. Clinically, influenza is characterized by acute onset fever, chills, running nose, cough, sore throat, headache and myalgia....
Source: Indian Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
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