Posted 2:00 PM 12/25/2012 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Dec. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with hepatitis C who have no detectable virus in their blood for six months after treatment are less likely to die than those who don't have this "sustained viral response" after treatment, a new study finds.
"Sustained viral response was (More)
Posted 2:22 PM 12/21/2012 by Scott Roberts
FRIDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Varizig (varicella zoster immune globulin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to minimize chickenpox symptoms when administered within four days of exposure to the virus that causes the disease.
Varizig was approved for high-risk (More)More Stories from 12/21/2012
Posted 10:00 AM 12/20/2012 by HealthDay staff
THURSDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- State public health officials want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to play a stronger role in regulating large-scale compounding pharmacies to prevent tragedies like the recent nationwide meningitis outbreak, officials said at a meeting in Washington (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 12/19/2012 by By Barbara Bronson Gray
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Although Santa's reindeer deliver presents to kids around the world on Christmas Eve, they can also harbor fly larvae that cause skin problems and rare eye infections so it might be best if your children stay tucked in their beds on the night of Dec. 24.(More)...
Posted 5:00 PM 12/18/2012 by By Denise Mann
TUESDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Commonly prescribed antibiotics don't help cure most coughs in adults, new research confirms.
Patients with a cough or bronchitis are often prescribed antibiotics, and previous studies have had conflicting results about their effectiveness. For this (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 12/17/2012 by By Steven Reinberg
MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Fears that patients are being forced out of hospitals dangerously early may be unfounded, researchers report.
Shorter hospital stays don't increase readmissions or lead to more deaths, according to a study of Veterans Administration hospitals.(More)...
Posted 10:00 AM 12/14/2012 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Older people's immune systems are still strong enough to fight off viruses, according to a new study.
Researchers found that specialized immune cells called T cells can respond to virus infections in older people with the same strength as T cells from (More)
Posted 5:00 PM 12/13/2012 by By Alan Mozes
THURSDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- In the ongoing battle to control in-hospital bacterial infections, Dutch researchers think they may have come up with a secret weapon: a dog named Cliff.
Turns out that, when properly trained, a dog's highly honed and superior sense of smell can be (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 12/12/2012 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The new SARS-like coronavirus that's caused five deaths and four other cases of severe illness in the Middle East can infect cells from bats and pigs, which means these animals could be a continuing source of infection in humans, a (More)