Posted 10:00 AM 1/18/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
FRIDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Forty-eight states are now reporting widespread flu activity, up from 47 last week, and the virus is proving particularly dangerous for the elderly, U.S. health officials reported Friday.
In addition, the number of children who have died from the flu (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 1/17/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- The nasty flu season in the United States this year poses a particular risk for people aged 65 and older, an expert warns.
People's immune systems weaken as they age, explained Dr. Andrew Duxbury, an associate professor in the gerontology, geriatrics (More)
Posted 7:00 PM 1/16/2013 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a novel type of flu vaccine, the agency announced Wednesday.
Flublok, as the vaccine is called, does not use the traditional method of the influenza virus or eggs in its production. Instead, it is (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 1/15/2013 by By Barbara Bronson Gray
TUESDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- When a person's heart stops beating, most emergency personnel have been taught to first insert a breathing tube through the victim's mouth, but a new Japanese study found that approach may actually lower the chances of survival and lead to worse neurological (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 1/14/2013 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- You've been hacking and coughing for a week now -- isn't it time that the cough was through?
Sadly, the answer is often "no," and experts report that many people have a mistaken idea of how long an acute cough should last. This misconception can lead to (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 1/12/2013 by Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Winter brings special challenges for elderly people and they need to be aware of these issues and take steps to protect themselves, an expert says.
Seniors need to get a flu shot, especially if they have a chronic lung condition such as emphysema. It's (More)
Posted 5:00 PM 1/11/2013 by Randy Dotinga
FRIDAY, Jan. 11 (HealthDay News) -- There may be help in sight for legions of hygiene-challenged men who "forget" to wash their hands before exiting the bathroom -- especially important in cutting down germ transmission in flu season.
New research suggests that institutions could boost the (More)