A Person in the U.S. Tested Positive for Bird Flu
In a rare case, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on April 1 that a person in the U.S. has tested positive for avian influenza, also known as bird flu. Despite the positive test, however, the CDC says risk to the general public remains low. Health officials have been tracking an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza since a new variant emerged and began killing birds on multiple continents in 2020. Sixty-seven countries reported outbreaks in 2022, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), followed by another 14 in 2023. Human cases, however, remain rare. Only 11 infectio...
Source: TIME: Health - April 1, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Inconclusive evidence suggests zinc may slightly shorten common cold
A new Cochrane review has found that taking zinc may help to reduce the duration of common cold symptoms by about two days, but the evidence is not conclusive and potential benefits must be balanced against side-effects.  Since the 1980s, zinc products have been marketed as treatments for the common cold and are particularly popular in the USA. Zinc is an essential mineral naturally found in many foods and plays a role in immune function. Most people in high-income countries get enough zinc through their diets, although aging and some chronic diseases may lead to deficiency.  The theory behind zinc-based lozenges, sprays...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 28, 2024 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Expert shares bizarre 10-minute hack to treat sore throat using 73p fridge ingredient
This cheap and simple hack could be a quick alternative to shop-bought treatments. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 19, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health expert shares bizarre hack to treat sore throat with store cupboard ingredient
An infectious disease specialist has shared why drinking pickle brine juice could help treat throat inflammations. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 11, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zyn Is the New Vaping
Not so long ago, Juul was seen as the new Marlboro. Smoking wasn’t that cool anymore—rates had plummeted among U.S. adults and teens—but then came Juul, a sleek, addictive product with flashy advertising tactics that took off like wildfire. It soon became clear that e-cigarettes were hooking teens who otherwise wouldn’t have gone near nicotine. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Now, Juul is out and Zyn is in. It’s even more discreet than Juul, with no plumes of vapor. A user simply tucks a small pouch of nicotine, additives, and flavorings under their lip for up to an hour. Over...
Source: TIME: Health - March 4, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Teacher, 51, has her feet and hands amputated after a SORE THROAT led to sepsis: 'Her limbs were black and mummified'
Sherri Moody, 51, a high school teacher in Texas, had to have her arms and legs amputated below the knees and elbows after suffering from sepsis, which leads to one in three US hospital deaths. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 27, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A deadly viral illness is exploding in West Africa. Researchers are scrambling to figure out why
Reporting for this story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. Irrua, Nigeria, and Kenema, Sierra Leone— Sitting on a bench outside the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) in Edo state in southwestern Nigeria in September 2023, Muhammed Luqman Dagana recounted his ordeal earlier in the year with Lassa fever, a deadly hemorrhagic disease of West Africa. At first the 33-year-old wasn’t alarmed—his fever, headache, body aches, and cough were innocuous enough. A doctor at his local clinic gave him antibiotics for typhoid fever and antimalarial drugs. But his symptoms persisted, so he tried anoth...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 22, 2024 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cough? Sore throat? More schools suggest mildly sick kids attend anyway
Schools are confronting soaring absence rates (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 7, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The PHARMACIST will see you now! Rishi Sunak's 'revolution' to free up 10million GP appointments per year: Major NHS shake-up gives chemists power to dole out drugs for seven minor ailments
From today, more than 10,000 pharmacies in England are assessing and treating patients for conditions including sinusitis, a sore throat, earache and shingles. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 31, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sore Throat? Try These 5 Home Remedies for Relief
MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2023 -- Sore throats are commonplace during cold and flu season, but luckily there are lots of home remedies that can help ease your misery, doctors say. These remedies“aren’t quick fixes for an illness,” but... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 11, 2023 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Another outbreak in China; government seeks 'complete' info from WHO on mysterious illness
Since mid-October, northern China has been reporting an increase in influenza-like illness compared with the corresponding period in the previous three years. The symptoms of the disease usually include a sore throat, fatigue, fever and a lingering cough that can last for months, and the infection is most commonly treated with antibiotics. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 23, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

So, you have a cold. What are the best ways to find relief?
It's cold and flu season in Canada, and doctors are sharing their best tips on how to treat symptoms like a runny nose and sore throat. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 28, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/White Coat/ Black Art Source Type: news

What Causes Dysphagia?
Discussion Swallowing is a complex process with 4 phases: Preparatory – food is moistened with saliva, chewed and prepared into a bolus by teeth, tongue and hard palate. Oral – food bolus is moved into oropharynx by tongue and triggers the swallow reflex. Soft palate elevates to prevent nasopharyngeal reflux. Pharyngeal – food bolus is moved through the oropharynx and hypopharynx to the esophagus. Respiration stops briefly with vocal fold adduction and larynx elevation to prevent aspiration. Esophageal – the cricopharyngeaul muscle relaxes which allows the food bolus into the esophagus where it is ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 16, 2023 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Can you get COVID-19 and the flu at the same time? A Mayo Clinic expert weighs in
Influenza, COVID-19, the common cold and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are among the respiratory viruses that will be circulating this fall and winter seasons. These highly contagious viruses cause similar symptoms, making it difficult to differentiate between them. Those symptoms include: Fever Cough Sore throat Runny nose Body aches Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, says it is possible for people to contract more than one virus at the… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 16, 2023 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news