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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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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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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, […]

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Tamiflu for Bird Flu?

Tamiflu for Bird Flu?

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MDMedical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Media reports about the supply of the drug Tamiflu abound as fears of a global bird flu pandemic mount. Tamiflu is the brand name for a drug known as oseltamivir, one of a class of antiviral drugs that can help reduce the severity of […]

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Swine Flu: One New York City Pediatrician’s View

Swine Flu: One New York City Pediatrician’s View

H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) & Kids Medical Author: David Perlstein, MD, FAAPMedical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD Updated time-line of H1N1 swine flu news October 27, 2009 Six months have passed since my last posting about swine flu, now known globally as the novel H1N1 virus. We in New York City experienced a very significant […]

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Swine Flu: How a Hospital Prepares for Patients

Swine Flu: How a Hospital Prepares for Patients

From Our Doctor’s Views Archive Medical Author: Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FAAEMMedical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD Practice makes perfect in most walks of life. From sports to music, from school to trades, the opportunity to practice an activity develops skills that get better and better with each repetition. So it goes for hospitals and […]

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Swine Flu Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Vaccination

Swine Flu Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Vaccination

Medical Author: Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FAAEMMedical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD The pressure to manufacture and distribute the H1N1 vaccine before the H1N1 (swine) influenza virus begins its autumn spread is ongoing, but so far it seems that the virus may be winning. The race, though, is far from over, but in more than […]

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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 […]