Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.
With flu season in high gear, here are a few commonly asked questions for those in the corporate environment.
When you get vaccinated, you protect both yourself and the people around you. If you don't get the flu, you can't "gift" it to your family and friends.
By Jerry Zezima I am a geezer who believes that being healthy is nothing to sneeze at. I also believe that preventive medicine can be a real shot in ...
Don't let a cold catch you by surprise. As a parent and busy mom, one of my secrets that I pass on to my patients is to begin a cold and flu prevention regimen before the season hits.
Make it a priority to avoid all antibacterial products -- including that antibacterial soap you thought would keep you and your kids from getting the flu. Good old fashioned soap and water works just fine.
Recognize that the holidays are a time when most people do overeat. If you overeat, just wait until you are physically hungry before you eat again. You will be surprised how stable your weight will remain just by eating intuitively.
When we're unexpectedly faced with the prospect of a box of tissues, a bucket, and a pack of Halls, we usually reach for the Campbell's. But you don't have to resign yourself to such mediocre sick foods, friends!
The effects of converging people, animals and their products in a planetary mixing bowl have created a new and profound dynamic in our 21st Century. Animals, people and the environment are now elaborately woven together as never before, and our lives are being changed forever by these new levels of human and animal interaction in a deteriorating environment.
Would you board an airplane knowing you had the flu? Would you worry about possibly infecting other passengers or airline crew? The decision whether or not to fly when you're sick is complicated because it's influenced by a number of factors.
Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.
Depending on your age, health and personal preference, there are six different ways to get immunized against influenza this year.
I write about the flu every year because it's one infectious disease that is not only more aggressive and dangerous for babies and young children, it's vaccine-preventable
The flu vaccine is far from perfect. It can fail to prevent flu and there can be rare complications. But it usually does prevent flu, and complications of the flu itself are more common by literal orders of magnitude.
I am the kind of smug person who never gets sick, which is making the fact that I'm sick right now not only uncomfortable but also baffling. What happened to my superior immune system? My ability to stare down the common cold? My talent for evading influenza?
Myth 1: They're just a public health problem. Novel diseases and pandemics typically are perceived to fall squarely into the public health realm. Paradoxically, they actually interface with nearly every other sector.
The United States should take the lead in starting discussions toward an international agreement requiring the strictest oversight and highest biosafety level for research on other potentially highly contagious and lethal pathogens.
The world is ever smaller. Flu strains incubating in China can be in New York or LA or DC in the span of a day. This is a world in which an incurable bacterial disease, spread by a tiny insect native to Asia, decimates the citrus crop in Florida.
What foods and drinks do you turn to when combating a cold? Here are some time-tested cold remedies and personal picks for health-promoting foods.
This situation, a bilateral meltdown, happened just once in our married life. It was while we were on vacation.