CDC: Flu Season May Not Have Peaked, Another Wave Of Severe Infections Underway
(CNN) — Flu activity remains high across the nation, and there’s a second wave of severe infections striking some states. There were as many as 26.3 million flu illnesses, 12.4 million medical visits and 347,000 flu hospitalizations between October 1 and March 2, according to the weekly flu report released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re still having flu. And we’re still seeing a steady stream of patients who are being admitted to hospital with influenza,” said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Flu Source Type: news

Earlier Oseltamivir May Cut Death Risk in Influenza A/H3N2 (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- No effect on mortality was observed for H1N1 and influenza B patients (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

This Year ’ s Flu Shot Less Than 50% Effective, According To CDC
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Don’t let your guard down: The US flu season is expected to continue for several more weeks, with activity across the nation now elevated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. A flu shot is still recommended for those who have neglected to get one, but the CDC estimated this year’s vaccine’s overall effectiveness in preventing an infection at just 47%. The shot’s success varies based on your age, the CDC noted. Among children up to 17, its overall effectiveness against flu was 61%, while just 24% of adults 50 and older who received t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Flu Flu Shot Source Type: news

Earlier Tamiflu May Cut Death Risk in Some Severe Cases
(MedPage Today) -- Observed 30% decrease in mortality with early oseltamivir among influenza A/H3N2 patients in ICU (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 13, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

My High-risk Flu Patients Get Antibiotics, and Here ’s Why
Of course they get oseltamivir--but our author has been adding azithromycin for his high-risk patients since the 2015-16 season. He explains why. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - January 23, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: C. Andrew Schroeder, MD Tags: Respiratory Diseases Source Type: news

Flu Cases on Upswing as New Medicine Arrives
A new drug to treat flu, Xofluza, is now available to pharmacies nationwide. It joins Tamiflu, the most commonly prescribed treatment. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Treatments: What's New and What's for You
During last year’s bad flu season, so many people were trying to get Tamiflu that some areas had shortages. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu symptoms can be eliminated naturally without the need for toxic drugs
(Natural News) Battling flu symptoms is never a good time, but conventional medicines often leave much to be desired. Even the “gold standard” of flu medicines, Tamiflu, is said to shorten the duration of illness by one day — at most — and that’s on top of the fact that some 99 percent of viral... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Personal Health: Need a Flu Shot? Get It Now
Immunity tends to wane by 20 percent a month, leaving those who got their shot in August or September with less than desirable protection by the time they ’ re exposed. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JANE E. BRODY Tags: Influenza Vaccination and Immunization Tamiflu (Drug) Relenza (Drug) Viruses Epidemics Source Type: news

The New Anti-Flu Drug Xofluza's Value Proposition
An improved clinical benefit profile together with the potential for diminished physician service and hospital spending appear to justify the Xofluza's price premium relative to Tamiflu. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Source Type: news

F.D.A. Approves New Drug for Flu
The new drug, sold as Xofluza, is about as effective as Tamiflu in shortening flu symptoms, and is expected to work against drug-resistant strains. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Tamiflu (Drug) Gottlieb, Scott (1972- ) Genentech Inc Shionogi Xofluza Source Type: news

The FDA Approved a New Flu Treatment, Just In Time for Flu Season
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new antiviral influenza treatment. The agency on Wednesday approved Genentech’s drug Xofluza, which can be taken via a single oral dose to help patients recover more quickly from the flu. It’s the “first new antiviral flu treatment with a novel mechanism of action approved by the FDA in nearly 20 years,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. The main factor differentiating Xofluza from other antiviral flu treatments on the market, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, is the way it’s taken. Xofluza is the only antiviral that can b...
Source: TIME: Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthytime onetime Source Type: news

FDA Approves First-in-Class Flu Drug
(MedPage Today) -- Baloxavir at least as effective as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in clinical trials, with different mechanism (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 24, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Here ’s How to Tell if You Have a Cold or the Flu
Your nose is dripping like a leaky faucet, your throat is sore and you can’t stop sneezing. You don’t have a fever, but you feel wiped out—like you could curl up on the floor and fall asleep. Do you have a cold or the flu? If you guessed cold, you’re probably right. But experts say that differentiating the common cold (an upper respiratory infection) from the flu (influenza) can be trickier than most people assume. “There is huge overlap among non-influenza viruses and the symptoms produced by influenza and other bugs,” says Dr. Bruce Barrett, a professor of family medicine and community...
Source: TIME: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

More Evidence That Baloxavir Reduces Flu Symptom Duration
(MedPage Today) -- Investigational antiviral matches or exceeds efficacy of oseltamivir (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Flu Drug Cuts Time to Recovery New Flu Drug Cuts Time to Recovery
The single-dose agent is safe and effective and has a shorter viral shedding time than oseltamivir, according to results from CAPSTONE 2, which could play a role in the drug's approval by year end.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

New One-Dose Flu Drug Shows Promise
The study also found it as effective as the current standard drug, oseltamivir (Tamiflu), at controlling symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, headache, fever, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baloxavir Reduces Flu Symptoms and Viral Shedding Baloxavir Reduces Flu Symptoms and Viral Shedding
The first-in-class antiviral drug reduced duration of influenza symptoms and viral shedding compared with both placebo and oseltamivir in phase 2 and phase 3 randomized trials.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Baloxavir Cuts Median Length of Flu Symptoms
(MedPage Today) -- But relief no faster than with Tamiflu (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Roche Touts New Flu Drug as Tamiflu Suffers Generics Hit Roche Touts New Flu Drug as Tamiflu Suffers Generics Hit
Swiss drugmaker Roche's hopes of recapturing lost ground in the generics-flooded influenza market got a boost after a late-stage study showed its new medicine reduced symptoms in people at high risk of complications.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Roche single-dose flu med finds success for people at high risk of complications
Baloxavir marboxil, the company's Tamiflu replacement, had previously shown only modest benefits in older studies (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche touts new flu drug as Tamiflu suffers generics hit
Swiss drugmaker Roche's hopes of recapturing lost ground in the generics-flooded influenza market got a boost after a late-stage study showed its new medicine reduced symptoms in people at high risk of complications. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Roche lauds new flu drug trial as Tamiflu suffers generics hit
Swiss drugmaker Roche's hopes of regaining ground in the influenza market have been boosted after a late-stage study showed its investigational drug baloxavir marboxil reduced symptoms in people at high risk of complications. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

What Causes Hyponatremia?
Discussion Normal kidneys regulate water balance to maintain a plasma osmolality of 275-290 mOsm/kg normally. Thirst and arginine vasopressin or antidiuretic hormone (ADH) are the primary regulators of plasma osmolality. ADH is made in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary gland. ADH acts on the kidney’s distal collecting duct to increase water reabsorption. ADH is appropriately released in hypovolemic states, such as dehydration caused by gastroenteritis. ADH has an ~10 minute half-life and therefore can respond to rapid changes in volume status. Sodium balance is regulated by aldosterone (as part...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 23, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

The relationship between oseltamivir and suicide in pediatric patients - Harrington R, Adimadhyam S, Lee TA, Schumock GT, Antoon JW.
PURPOSE: Studies examining the association between use of oseltamivir and neuropsychiatric events (including suicide) among children have had mixed findings and have been limited by small sample size, reliance on older data, and potential confounding. We u... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Study Debunks Link Between Tamiflu & Teen Suicide
Since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required a warning on Tamiflu packaging that it may cause hallucinations and delirium in young patients and make them more apt to hurt themselves or take their own lives. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Debunks Link Between Tamiflu and Teen Suicide
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - March 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Infections, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news

Study Debunks Link Between Tamiflu and Teen Suicide
FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 -- Finally, there's a bit of positive news in this brutal flu season. A new study suggests that Tamiflu (oseltamivir), the only commercially available prescription medicine approved to treat the flu, does not boost suicide... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 16, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Study debunks fears of increased teen suicide risk from popular flu drug
(University of Illinois at Chicago) A new study published by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that the drug oseltamivir -- commonly known as Tamiflu -- does not cause an increased risk of suicide in pediatric patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Oseltamivir does not increase risk of suicide in children
(American Academy of Family Physicians) A new study finds that use of oseltamivir, an antiviral drug used to treat influenza A and B, does not increase risk of suicide in children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Oseltamivir Not Associated With Increased Suicide Risk in Kids Oseltamivir Not Associated With Increased Suicide Risk in Kids
Oseltamivir, a drug used to treat influenza, was not linked to an increased risk for suicide in children in a large case-crossover study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Flu Has ‘ Definitely Peaked ’ Nationally; Remains High In Mass.
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Flu has been shown the door in the United States. Illness activity peaked and began to decline during the eighth week of the year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly surveillance report indicated Friday. Just 5% of people who visited their doctors did so while complaining of flu-like illness, down from 6.4% the previous week. Caused by viruses, flu is a contagious respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death. “We have definitely peaked,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said, quickly adding, “that doesn&r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Source Type: news

Japan OKs New Drug, Xofluza, That Kills Flu Virus in a Day
A new drug purported to kill the flu virus in just one day has been approved in Japan and could be for sale in that country by May. Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) is a pill that's taken just once. Like the current antiflu drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir),... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Drug That Kills Flu in One Day Approved In Japan
Unlike existing flu drugs, such as a Tamiflu, which require patients to take it twice-a-day for 5 days, the Japanese medication is taken in a single dose regardless of age the company said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tamiflu is not safe OR effective
(Natural News) Everyone who is deeply concerned about protecting children’s’ mental health should be banging on the doors of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protest a commonly prescribed drug that routinely causes neuropsychiatric events in children. Since 2009, the FDA has on file 550 cases of hallucinations from a drug called Tamiflu (oseltamivir),... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Not a Magic Potion.’ Flu Death Puts Antiviral Drugs in the Spotlight
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas elementary school teacher who died almost a week after getting sick from the flu became a talking point online after her husband said she didn’t immediately fill her prescription for an antiviral drug after deeming the $116 insurance co-pay too high. While her husband told the Wall Street Journal that he picked up the prescription the day after she refused it and she then started taking the medication, Heather Holland, 38, died three days later on Feb. 4. Doctors told The Associated Press that while it’s ideal to start taking antiviral medication as quickly as possible, it’s no...
Source: TIME: Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Stengle / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Unfortunate side effects? Happy sixteen year old commits suicide after taking Tamiflu
(Natural News) A sixteen year old boy from Franklin Township, Indiana committed suicide after taking Tamiflu for his flu. The teen, named Charlie Harp, was found by his aunt and uncle, who were also his guardians, in the garage. His family believes that it was the medication that drove him to commit suicide. Jackie Ray,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Woman dies after declining Tamiflu due to cost
Heather Holland, 38, a mother of two, did not take the antiviral medication out of principle due to its $116 price tag, her husband told ABC News. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Lupin launches generic influenza treatment capsules in the US
The capsules, in the strengths of 30 mg, 45 mg and 75 mg, are generic versions of Hoffman-La Roche Inc's Tamiflu capsules in the same strengths, the company said. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Shortage in Tamiflu as flu kills 4,000 people in one week
Statistics show  4,064 Americans died from the flu or pneumonia during the third week of 2018, while the illnesses were responsible for 1 in 10 fatalities in the first week of February. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental flu drug could kill the virus in one day
Researchers in Japan have developed an experimental flu drug that kills the virus in one day. The Shionogi& Co. compound said the drug works three times faster than Tamiflu. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second
Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found it...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second
Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu, and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found i...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

She survived her first bout of the flu — but not the second
Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Just days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with Type A Influenza, along with bronchitis and strep throat, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost […]Related:A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copyc...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu update
We are experiencing unusual call volumes due to the ongoing influenza illnesses in our area.  Thank you for your patience in contacting us by phone. Typically, the first hour in the morning is our busiest, ie. from 8:15 am to 9:15 am for calls.. If you can call after that time, it will be easier to reach us.We are not giving ‘preventative’ Tamiflu if your child has been exposed to another child in the class or your family. We are following CDC guidelines that the preventative medicine for flu is ineffective and carries side effects.If you child has had a fever for a day, with cough, aches, vomiting, possib...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 8, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Vaccination Information Source Type: news

PHA opening hours delayed Friday 2/9 due to snowstorm & Flu update
PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the anticipated snowstorm tomorrow, Friday 2/9, the Naperville and Plainfield offices will open at 9:00 am. The West Chicago and Bolingbrook offices will open at 12:30 pm.We are experiencing unusual call volumes due to the ongoing influenza illnesses in our area.  Thank you for your patience in contacting us by phone. Typically, the first hour in the morning is our busiest, ie. from 8:15 am to 9:15 am for calls.. If you can call after that time, it will be easier to reach us.We are not giving ‘preventative’ Tamiflu if your child has been exposed to another child in the class ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 8, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Why More Scientists Are Running For Office in 2018
Getting scientists to become more politically involved has been an ongoing movement this year, with groups like the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Chemical Society encouraging scientists to voice their opinions and even join protests, like the March for Science in April 2017. Now, hundreds of scientists and STEM professionals are running for public office in 2018, for everything from Senate seats to a spot on the local school board. “I’m not a politician, I’m a doctor,” reads the first line of Dr. Jason Westin‘s bio on his campaign website for Texas’s 7t...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized 314 Action CDA climate change EPA evidence-based medicine healthytime jason Westin Mai Khanh Tran onetime public health Science scientists scientists running for office Source Type: news

Why More Scientists Are Running For Office in 2018
Getting scientists to become more politically involved has been an ongoing movement this year, with groups like the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Chemical Society encouraging scientists to voice their opinions and even join protests, like the March for Science in April 2017. Now, hundreds of scientists and STEM professionals are running for public office in 2018, for everything from Senate seats to a spot on the local school board. “I’m not a politician, I’m a doctor,” reads the first line of Dr. Jason Westin‘s bio on his campaign website for Texas’s 7t...
Source: TIME: Science - February 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized 314 Action CDA climate change EPA evidence-based medicine healthytime jason Westin Mai Khanh Tran onetime public health Science scientists scientists running for office Source Type: news