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New Flu Drug Fast-Tracked by FDA

New Flu Drug Fast-Tracked by FDA

A company developing a one-dose pill to treat flu says the drug has been fast-tracked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Latest Cold and Flu News The FDA granted priority review to baloxavir marboxil and will decide whether to approve it by the end of this year, according to drug maker Genentech, NBC News […]

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Common infections during pregnancy

Common infections during pregnancy

During pregnancy, people may worry more about contracting infections and how they might affect the developing baby. Vaginal infections, including yeast infections, are common during pregnancy and are usually not a cause for concern. Uterine infections may produce more complications, however. This article looks at common infections during pregnancy, how they might affect the baby, […]

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Newer Flu Vaccine Only Slight More Effective in Seniors: FDA

Newer Flu Vaccine Only Slight More Effective in Seniors: FDA

A newer flu vaccine was only slightly more effective in seniors than older vaccines during the last flu season, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Latest Cold and Flu News Overall, flu vaccines were only about 24 percent effective among people 65 and older. The newer vaccine, Flucelvax, was about 26.5 percent effective in […]

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Who Will and Who Won’t Get the Flu?

Who Will and Who Won’t Get the Flu?

Latest Cold and Flu News THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors can’t yet predict if someone exposed to the flu will become sick. But such predictions may be getting closer to reality, new research hints. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine say they’ve identified a “biomarker” that indicates a person’s susceptibility to […]

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Strep Throat Diagnosis & Treatment

Strep Throat Diagnosis & Treatment

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE By Frederick Hecht, M.D. and Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.Medical Authors and Editors, MedicineNet.com Sore Throat Most sore throats (pharyngitis) are viral and will not respond to antibiotics. Bacterial causes of sore throat include group A streptococcus. The complications of strep throat include rheumatic fever, ear infections, mastoiditis, sinusitis, peritonsillar abscess, glomerulonephritis (a kidney […]

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Pneumonia … Quick New Urine Test

Pneumonia … Quick New Urine Test

It is often very difficult to distinguish between a respiratory infection that is caused by a virus and one which is caused by a bacteria. This is an important distinction because a viral infection will not respond to the commonly used antibiotics whereas a bacterial infection usually will. On August 30, 1999 the U.S. Food […]

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Killer Cold Virus (Adenovirus Strains)

Killer Cold Virus (Adenovirus Strains)

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MDMedical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR A rare strain of a cold virus, known as adenovirus type 14 (Ad14), has caused severe and even fatal respiratory illness in healthy children and adults. Infection with the virus seems to be becoming more common in the […]

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Flu: Waiting for Flu Shots, a Real Reality Show

Flu: Waiting for Flu Shots, a Real Reality Show

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. and Frederick Hecht, M.D. October 12, 2004 — It is now October and in all likelihood, the flu season is not far off. Last week the British government shut down a vaccine plant in Liverpool (owned by the American company Chiron) that was scheduled to produce nearly half of the flu […]

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Cough, Cold, Weight Loss Drug Dangerous – Warning

Cough, Cold, Weight Loss Drug Dangerous – Warning

Even common products that are available without a prescription (over-the-counter) can be dangerous if used improperly. With all the choices of over-the-counter products available in the marketplace, it is increasingly difficult to select the proper product(s) for you and your family. To help you in your decision-making process, the MedicineNet.com Doctors and Pharmacists have provided […]

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What to Do if You Think You Have H1N1 Swine Flu Virus

What to Do if You Think You Have H1N1 Swine Flu Virus

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MDMedical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR If you’ve got fever, cough, or one of the other symptoms of the flu, you may be wondering if you have contracted the H1N1 swine flu virus. The reality is that it isn’t possible to know unless specialized testing is ordered, […]