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The only things you should do to help beat a cold or the flu

This year’s flu season is not messing around. As the virus has swept the US in recent months, people have turned to some strange habits to keep illness at bay, like chugging orange juice, “starving” their fevers, and taking antibiotics. (Spoiler: None of these will help.) Orange juice is high […]
The only things you should do to help beat a cold or the flu
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A contagious dog flu may be on the rise in the US

Several cases of dog flu have been reported across the United States. Just like in humans, the virus presents with symptoms like sneezing and coughing. Canine flu cannot spread to other animals or to people, but it is contagious between dogs. It most often spreads in areas where large numbers […]
A contagious dog flu may be on the rise in the US
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Here’s why this year’s flu season was so bad

Australia has recorded 221,853 flu infections so far in 2017, more than any other year. As the flu season comes to an end, we’re beginning to understand why it was so bad. And it wasn’t because of increased, or more sensitive, testing. A better vaccine could have reduced the rates, […]
Here’s why this year’s flu season was so bad
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This may not be the ‘biggest flu season on record’, but it is a big one

This year, the number of laboratory-confirmed influenza (flu) virus infections began rising earlier than usual and hit historic highs in some Australian states. If you have been part of any gathering this winter, this is probably not news. States in the south-east (central and southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, […]
This may not be the ‘biggest flu season on record’, but it is a big one
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Science may just have found a way to treat the flu and common cold

A way to treat viral diseases, including the flu and common cold, has been discovered by scientists in an international project led by Australian researchers. Up until now, there has been no real treatment other than rest and fluids, and giving the body some time to fight off the virus. […]
Science may just have found a way to treat the flu and common cold
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Finally, a needle-free way to get a flu vaccine

Scientists have developed a patch to deliver a flu vaccine for those who can’t stand needles. A study in the journal the Lancet says the dissolvable microneedle patch was found to be safe and preferred over a conventional injection in a trial involving 100 people. The research, led by Emory […]
Finally, a needle-free way to get a flu vaccine
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Why your nose runs when it’s cold outside

A runny nose is common when we’re sick, but it can come unexpected when we’re perfectly healthy. So why do we get runny noses in the middle of summer or in the winter when we don’t have a cold? NYU otolaryngologist Dr. Erich Voigt says it has to do with […]
Why your nose runs when it’s cold outside
Markets

CSL shares are being hammered

Shares CSL dropped hard after the blood products company posted a 10% fall in full year net profit to $US1.24 billion ($A1.6 billion). In early trade, they were down almost 8% to $A107.56. The top 10 Australian company by market capitalisation last year became the world’s second largest flu vaccine […]
CSL shares are being hammered
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More Than A Dozen Kids And Adult Guests Fall Sick At Vegas Hotel

13 kids, 5 adult guests at Rio casino in Vegas taken to hospital with flu-like symptoms LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County firefighters say they responded to the Rio casino in Las Vegas after 20 adults and children in town with a travelling football team came down with flu-like symptoms. […]
More Than A Dozen Kids And Adult Guests Fall Sick At Vegas Hotel
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How To Avoid The Office Cold (Without Offending Your Coworkers)

Winter is right around the corner, and that means so is cold and flu season. Once the illness makes it into your office, there’s no telling which sniffling, sneezing, and coughing coworker might give it to you next. Catching a seasonal sickness can sap your energy and productivity for days […]
How To Avoid The Office Cold (Without Offending Your Coworkers)
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The CDC Is Ignoring 1 Million Emails A Day During The Government Shutdown

The U.S. Government’s Centres For Disease Control had to furlough 68% of its staff due to the government shutdown. These staff include those who monitor global and national outbreaks of disease and conduct research. CDC director Thomas R Frieden talked to Wired Science Superbug blogger Maryn McKenna about the impact […]
The CDC Is Ignoring 1 Million Emails A Day During The Government Shutdown
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Here’s How The Government Shutdown Is Making Americans Sick

The government shutdown has put 800,000 people out of work and closed the national parks, but that’s not the only way that people are being hurt by congress’s inability to decide on a budget. Because of the shutdown, 52% of the Health and Human Services staff (which includes the EPA, […]
Here’s How The Government Shutdown Is Making Americans Sick
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How The Flu Outsmarted Google

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcfarlandmo/4014611539/”] Scientific hindsight shows that Google Flu Trends far overstated this year’s flu season, raising questions about the accuracy of using a search engine, which Google and the media hyped as an efficient public health tool, to monitor the flu. Nature‘s Declan Butler reported today on the huge discrepancy between Google […]
How The Flu Outsmarted Google
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This Year’s Flu Season Is Winding Down

[credit provider=”flickr “] Flu season is still upon us, but it appears to be winding down.As of Feb. 2, the percentage of people visiting the doctor for flu-like illness in the United States was 3.6 per cent, down from 4.2 per cent for the week ending Jan. 26, according to […]
This Year’s Flu Season Is Winding Down
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Google Wants To Help You Avoid The Flu

[credit provider=”Google” url=”http://www.google.org/flutrends/”] travelling on a plane can sometimes feel like being trapped in a germ incubator.This year, that is especially true.
Google Wants To Help You Avoid The Flu
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British Health Official Says Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases Pose An ‘Apocalyptic’ Threat

[credit provider=”Flickr/kaibara87″ url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaibara/3075268200/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Britain’s most senior medical adviser has warned MPs that the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack, pandemic flu or major coastal flooding.Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said the threat from infections that are resistant to frontline […]
British Health Official Says Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases Pose An ‘Apocalyptic’ Threat
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Why Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Make Any Money Off Of Flu Shots

It’s been a bad flu season with hospitals in many cities overwhelmed with patients. This is largely a preventable problem. The annual flu vaccine is not perfect but a wider use of the vaccine would provide some amelioration. So why don’t more people get a flu shot? Some reporter at the […]
Why Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Make Any Money Off Of Flu Shots
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Controversial Research On Deadly, Lab-Created Bird Flu Will Start Up Again

[credit provider=”CDC/public domain” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Positive-pressure_biosafety_suit.jpg”] Influenza researchers announced today that they would be lifting the moratorium on certain types of research into the Bird Flu, including making mutated viruses in the lab, which had been in effect for about a year.The research — discovering what changes to the avian flu virus […]
Controversial Research On Deadly, Lab-Created Bird Flu Will Start Up Again
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Why So Many People Get The Flu In Winter

[credit provider=”Flickr / welivefast” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/taylormariephotography/3513364333/in/photostream/”] The 2012-2013 flu season is shaping up to be a doozy.The centres for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that during the first week of 2013, 7.3 per cent of all deaths reported through their 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to pneumonia and influenza, crossing their threshold […]
Why So Many People Get The Flu In Winter
Lifestyle

Ritzy Hotels Brace For Flu Epidemic With Chicken Soup Deliveries

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/calgaryreviews/6774806922/”] Hotels are rushing to prepare to accommodate guests who arrive or come down with the potentially deadly flu that’s sweeping the nation.”We hear the flu reports every day, and we want to be prepared (for sick guests),” says Andy Labetti, general manager of the Omni Berkshire Place […]
Ritzy Hotels Brace For Flu Epidemic With Chicken Soup Deliveries