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Another flu-related death was reported in Pitt County last week, according to county health officials. The death was among eight reported statewide in North Carolina last week, raising the seasonal total to 328, the highest number in a decade. The eight deaths reported to N.C. Department of Health ...
A simple three-atom tweak to a promising flu-fighting molecule makes it a thousand times more potent, scientists have found. The tweak allows the compound to latch onto both, rather than just one, of the manganese atoms at the heart of a flu enzyme, knocking it out. Such a drug could serve as a backup ...

The rate of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses (ILI) dropped to 2.7% last week, close to the national baseline of 2.2%, according to the latest influenza surveillance data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the 17th week ILI has been at or above the ...
You're correct that the assumption has been that it's by coughing that we pump aerosolized droplets of moisture, which contain the flu virus, into the air and onto the surfaces around us. We've known for some time that these droplets can hang in the air for up to several hours and can live on hard surfaces ...
Bad news, Pink fans in Montreal: the pop singer just postponed her Friday concert thanks to the flu. Pink announced on Twitter Thursday that she was "absolutely gutted" to postpone the show at the Bell Centre but said she will "absolutely be back." "I'm grateful for you wanting to come and be with us at all.

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's been a particularly tough flu season, but spring -- and real relief -- may be near, new numbers show. The flu season continues to wind down, with yet another drop seen in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza becoming ever more dominant. But hospitalizations ...
The most frequently identified virus type in positive specimens this flu season has been influenza A, primarily driven by the H3N2 strain. However, influenza B cases were reported more frequently than influenza A cases for the week ending March 17. The agency confirmed 2,498 positive specimens ...
N.C. flu deaths rose to 328 for this season, with eight more deaths recorded in the week that ended March 17, according to state statistics released Thursday. The severe flu season, which began in October and has about eight weeks left, has had more deaths in North Carolina so far than each year of ...
Such scenes of plane-contracted illness are not easy to shake, leaving the creeping feeling that flying is a game of cold-and-flu Russian roulette. As George Dvorsky of Gizmodo reports, there has been surprisingly little research about the spread of respiratory diseases on planes, until now. A new ...
Effective Friday, flu restrictions for visitors 12 and under were lifted at Charlotte-area Atrium Health hospitals, including Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly. A significant drop in the number of patients being seen with flu-like symptoms prompted the change. Atrium Health is joining Novant Health, Cone ...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Hospitals in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are ending restrictions on visitors that they put in place earlier this flu season. The Marion County Public Health Department says Indianapolis hospitals will resume their regular visitation policies on Monday. It says the number of patients ...
Sometimes victims may die as a result of a secondary bacterial infection or they may have had an existing chronic illness that was aggravated by the flu. In addition, some people who die of the flu may not have been tested or were tested so late in their illness it was no longer detectable. Therefore, the CDC ...
PORTLAND, ME - DECEMBER 29: Troy Ali, 21 of Portland receives a flu shot from Greater Portland Health medical assistant Anissa Millette at the clinic in Franklin Towers on Cumberland Ave on Friday, December 29, 2017. (Staff Photo by Carl D. Walsh/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images).
A busy mom who tried to fight the flu says she eventually ended up in the hospital. Stephanie Soriano just wanted to get rid of her flu in January and began taking over-the-counter medication, WJW-TV reports. Advertisement. "I was coming in and out of conscious," she said. Doctors said she unknowingly ...
Our family got hit hard and early with a variety of bugs that ranged from stomach flu to aches and pains to that horrible bronchial cough that likes to linger for what seems like eternity. At the last minute, my husband and I even had to cancel a long-overdue Thanksgiving trip to see his family on the East Coast ...
Generally, people breathe a huge sigh of relief after recovering from the flu. But according to the latest research, some strains of the flu virus can leave a lasting impression. Following infection, viruses like the H3N2 strain are shown to cause forgetfulness in mice for months after recovery. This means that as ...

Palese is one of several scientists working on what they call the holy grail of flu: a universal vaccine, one that would protect against all strains of the virus and be durable for multiple years – if not a lifetime. In order to do that, Palese's team built a new virus, one that doesn't exist in nature. It's the basis of a ...
NBC 7's Artie Ojeda spoke to the mother of Alexa Barbin, a 19-year-old from Escondido who died from flu complications just days after her birthday. ... A North County teenager is the 302nd person to die of flu-like symptoms in the region this season, according to the San Diego County Department of Health ...
“Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children, and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS health authority/medical director. “Flu season has not ended therefore individuals in these groups should continue to take ...
BiondVax's universal flu vaccine candidate will enter Phase III clinical trials ahead of the upcoming flu season. (Image: Getty/scyther5). BiondVax is working closely with a CRO to advance its universal flu vaccine candidate, which will be manufactured in-house and in collaboration with a CMO to support ...
Researchers noted that the likely reason for the increase in overdosing during cold and flu season was due to an overall increase in use of OTC combination medications for treating upper respiratory cold/flu symptoms as well as pain and fever. When OTC combination medications were omitted, the study ...
A four-year-old girl suffering from flu was in a serious condition on Thursday night, as the number of schools reporting flu outbreaks surged. The girl, who had a good previous health record, tested positive for influenza A, a spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection said. She had not been vaccinated ...
It's flu season once again and it has been as bad as any season since the early 2000s. As of Feb. 12, the hospitalization rate for the flu was 68 people per 100,000. That's higher than the 64.2 per 100,000 in the 2014-15 flu season. The same flu strain that was present then is circulating now, and this ...
"The increased number of reported deaths is the result of the severe flu season we are having, but is also due to better surveillance methods, which allow the county to more easily identify and classify flu fatalities," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. "Flu cases are still occurring throughout ...
The deadliest flu season of at least the last 10 years has diminished enough that Triad hospitals plan to lift their temporary visitor restrictions on young children. Meanwhile, the total of flu-related deaths rose by 29 statewide to a modern-day record of 305. Restrictions for children 12 and under will end at 7 ...
We made it, New Jersey. Peak flu season has finally ended. But it was a rough one. The vaccine was ineffective, emergency rooms were swamped and three children died from flu-related illness. But the worse is over and new flu cases have continued to plummet in recent weeks. As New Jersey battles ...
Flu deaths in North Carolina surpassed 300 this week with the addition of seven more casualties from the worst flu epidemic in the past decade. Still, flu-related deaths are decreasing, an indication that we're at the tail end of the epidemic. As a result, some hospitals began lifting flu restrictions.
March 14, 2018 | One morning, Arthur Davis began his work of digging three graves for a family of six that lived just down the road in Tennessee. That same morning a doctor sent word to handle one more, and by lunchtime he was instructed to dig yet another. Before the sun set that day, Davis was asked to create a sixth ...
OKLAHOMA CITY – Piecing together a medical mystery is something doctors and nurses do every day at Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer, and it was a complicated road to get to one 8-year-old's diagnosis. It all started last June when Gunner came down with flu-like symptoms that simply wouldn't go away ...
Martin Korte and colleagues investigated three different flu strains (H1N1, H3N2, H7N7) in mice. Two of these strains, H3N2 and H7N7, caused memory impairments that were associated with structural changes to neurons in the hippocampus. The infections also activated the brain's immune cells in this ...
A teen in Tampa who initially thought he had the flu discovered he's been battling stage-four cancer for months. In November, 16-year-old Hunter Brady started to feel tired and short of breath, but was told by his pediatrician that he most likely had the flu. READ: Medical examiner: Tests indicate Influenza B ...
With a nasty flu season still raging, it didn't help that this year's influenza vaccine was just 25 percent effective against H3N2, the dominant strain. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is bent on making sure next year's flu shot works better, agency commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement ...
They show that seasonal flu outbreaks originate in warm, humid areas of the south and southeastern U.S. and move northward, away from the coasts. The approach differs from traditional flu tracking models that rely on transmission rates, or the expected number of people who can get sick and pass the ...
In January, Lane went to a hospital in Farmington, New Mexico, for stomach pains and nausea, which she initially believed were caused by the flu, Fox News reported. Doctors at the facility believed the problem was due to a bowel obstruction and gave her laxatives. Weeks later, Lane had trouble breathing ...
So in 2015, the year after Scarlet Anne died, the Tacoma, Wash., mother founded the Fight the Flu Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the seriousness of the flu, especially for families and children. The group since has gained official nonprofit status as The End-FLUenza ...
TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unlucky enough to come down with the flu, you can blame your own body for your fever, cough, muscle aches and head-to-toe distress, experts say. Most of influenza's misery is caused by the human body itself, or more precisely the immune system's response to the ...
DOVER — Single-week totals for flu cases are again hitting record highs. For the week of February 11-18, 2018, the Division of Public Health (DPH) is reporting 1,521 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases. The total number of flu cases for the season is now at 5,758, an all-time high since record-keeping ...
Medrano's wife Katy attended the fundraising effort. Medrano, was expected to watch the event through cellphone video because he's still hospitalized. "We actually had the flu at the same time," said Slaughter, who was able to make a full recovery. Medrano's flu, "that turned into pneumonia. It turns out that ...
A serious canine flu has the potential to reach Douglas County, and can be deadly to dogs if not treated. Health officials confirmed that a case ... Dr. Alan Ross of the Companion Animal Clinic in Roseburg said the dog flu is not an issue in this area so far, but it's getting closer. Ross said it's easily transmitted ...
PHOENIX - State health officials say there have been at least 523 pneumonia and flu deaths in Arizona so far during the current flu season, adding to over 200 more than at the same time last season. The state Department of Health Service says many flu-related deaths are due to complications of flu ...
If you get the flu, it's not just the chills and body aches you have to worry about. For adults older than 35, the flu brings a substantial risk to your heart. “We know that viruses can affect the heart,” said Dr. Juan-Carlos Brenes, a board-certified cardiologist and internist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami ...
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro poses listener questions about the flu to Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, and takes a closer look at Tamiflu. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email. Get The Stories That Grabbed Us This Week. Delivered to your inbox, these are the NPR ...
The Minnesota Department of Health is warning Minnesotans flu activity is still high in the state, and experts expect there are many more weeks of flu activity to come. It has been a particularly severe flu season, with nearly 4,700 hospitalizations reported statewide so far. That's the highest number in 10 ...
One key measure is the number of flu cases confirmed by laboratory testing per 100,000 people in the population. In Western New York, that rate declined from 92 cases per 100,000 in the week ending Feb. 10 to 89.9 in the week ending Feb. 17, based on the latest data from the state Health Department.
Determining if you have the flu isn't always easy -- even with a trip to the ER. Doctors often skip the type of diagnostic tests that can deliver results within minutes of a nasal swab, believing they're unreliable. More accurate tests take longer to return results, and doctors sometimes prefer to prescribe antiviral ...
While still at epidemic levels, the historically bad 2017-2018 season has finally started to subside. After appearing to plateau last week, visits to the doctor and deaths caused by the flu decreased for the second week in a row. A predominant strain with uncommon resilience combined with an ineffective ...
JERSEY CITY -- Free flu vaccinations for West New York children over the age of five will be available at town hall on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.. "We are trying to save lives and we are going to make sure that West New York is safe by preventing the spread of this potentially deadly virus," said West ...
Fortunately for her, the clinic has a diagnostic tool, a machine that looks for the flu virus in a different way and is far more effective than conventional tests, Dr. Anthony Powell said. “This test uses what's called nucleic amplification,” he said. “It's very accurate, so for Influenza B, it's 100-percent sensitive, and ...
“It is of course always important to remind people that they cannot catch the flu from their dog, and they cannot give the human flu that has been so bad this year to their dogs,” he added. “It is strictly a canine issue, but if you are around infected dogs you can potentially bring that virus home to your own dogs ...


 

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