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Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI)

Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI)

Source: iStock Upper respiratory tract infection definition and facts Upper respiratory infections (URIs) are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits. Upper respiratory infections are the most common illness resulting in missed work or school. Upper respiratory tract infections can happen at any time, but are most common in the fall and winter. […]

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Many Parents Wrong About What Prevents Colds in Kids

Many Parents Wrong About What Prevents Colds in Kids

Latest Cold and Flu News MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — No parent wants to see their child catch a cold, but some take prevention measures that have little basis in science, a new survey shows. For example, 51 percent of parents said they give their child an over-the-counter vitamin or supplement to prevent […]

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How certain bacteria protect us against flu

How certain bacteria protect us against flu

A new study brings us closer to an anti-flu probiotic pill. By subtly altering the bacteria in our nose and throat, we might be able to beat influenza. The respiratory system’s microbiome could help researchers defeat the influenza virus (pictured). In most cases, when someone mentions the microbiome, they are referring to the bacteria in […]

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How Getting a Flu Shot Could Save Your Life

How Getting a Flu Shot Could Save Your Life

Latest Cold and Flu News WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It’s not too late to get your flu shot, which can protect you in ways that may surprise you. The flu vaccine can be a lifesaver for people with heart disease, according to infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Chang, assistant professor of pediatrics […]

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U.S. Flu Cases Hit 7 Million Mark: CDC

U.S. Flu Cases Hit 7 Million Mark: CDC

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Cold and Flu News FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The flu season is picking up steam, with about 7 million Americans having been infected with a strain of the flu virus, health officials said Friday. Almost half of those folks went to a doctor, while between 69,000 and […]

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Changes to Flu Shot Supply Chain Could Save Lives: Study

Changes to Flu Shot Supply Chain Could Save Lives: Study

Latest Cold and Flu News FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Problems with flu vaccine distribution in the United States may cost lives and pose a serious threat in the event of a flu pandemic, researchers warn. However, a computer model shows that proposed changes to the current distribution system could save thousands of […]

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Getting Flu Shot During Hospital Stay Is a Safe Bet

Getting Flu Shot During Hospital Stay Is a Safe Bet

Latest Cold and Flu News WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many doctors may worry about giving their hospital patients a flu shot, but a new study suggests they can relax. “We know rates of inpatient flu vaccination are low, often due to physician concerns that the vaccine could complicate healing or delay hospital […]

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Flu Widening Its Grip on the United States: CDC

Flu Widening Its Grip on the United States: CDC

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Cold and Flu News FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The flu is now spreading throughout the United States, health officials said Friday. Since last week, when nine states and New York City were reporting high flu activity, 19 states and New York City are now seeing a lot […]

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Persistent Cough May Mean See Your Doctor

Persistent Cough May Mean See Your Doctor

Latest Cold and Flu News SATURDAY, Jan. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — After suffering through a cold, many people still have a persistent cough — but why? According to Dr. Jonathan Parsons, director of the Asthma Center at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, here are some reasons for a continuing cough: Coughing is protective. […]

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Flu Rides the Subway, Too

Flu Rides the Subway, Too

Latest Cold and Flu News THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Flu spreads like wildfire in confined spaces — and that includes subways, a new British study finds. The longer your ride and the more stations you encounter during your daily commute, the higher your odds of getting sick, the researchers found. University of […]