February 21, 2018
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Heart Attacks and Influenza
Charlotte LoBuono

A respiratory infection from the flu also raises your risk of a heart attack. Another good reason to get vaccinated. Read more >

Diet, Inflammation, and Cancer
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Diets with lots of meat and sugar, and little fiber, set the stage for inflammation and colorectal cancer. Read more >

Reduce Hospital Tests, Reduce Costs
Leslie Carr

Unnecessary tests harm patients and hospitals' bottom lines. Read more >

Life-Saving Mosquitoes
Neil Wagner

A strain of genetically-modified mosquitoes appears to prevent the spread of malaria. Read more >

STDs on the Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

There was an "epidemic" rise in the rates of several sexually-transmitted infections last year, all treatable. Read more >

Making A Game Out of Sex Ed
Neil Wagner

Teens need information to make smart choices about sex. A video game may be the best way to give it to them. Read more >

Bye Bye Bedbugs
Neil Wagner

Bedbugs' resistance to eradication is legendary. A promising new approach uses mold to stop them in their tracks. Read more >

Bad News, Boomers
Esther Entin, M.D.

Baby boomers are supposed to have a one-time screening for hep C. So why aren't they getting it? Read more >

Childcare's Dirty Secret
Neil Wagner

There's too little handwashing going on at many daycare sites, and kids pay the price. Read more >

Cell Phones Can't Keep a Secret
Neil Wagner

Even when it's locked and off, your cell phone reveals a lot about you — like what you ate, the places you've been. Read more >

Codeine and Kids: A Dangerous Mix
Neil Wagner

It is too easy to overdose a child without meaning to. A report in Pediatrics explains why. Read more >

A Spoonful of Medicine Helps the Medicine Go Wrong
Neil Wagner

When measuring doses for children, there's a right way and a way that almost guarantees you'll get it wrong. Read more >

FDA Bans Antibacterial Soaps
Neil Wagner

There's a good reason the antibacterial soaps and body washes on drugstore shelves will have to be reformulated or removed within a year. Read more >

The Yuck Factor
Neil Wagner

Hospital-acquired infections can be kept under control if more workers wash their hands. That's where the Yuck Factor comes in. Read more >

Everybody In the Pool!
Esther Entin, M.D.

The water may be fine, but pools, spas and water parks can also be havens for water-borne pathogens. Read more >

The Road to Fewer Ear Infections
Charlotte LoBuono

Ear infections are down in the U.S. thanks to less smoking, more breastfeeding and some precautions all parents can take. Read more >

HIV Screening Falls Short
Esther Entin, M.D.

Patient confidentiality is a a big reason many teens and young adults avoid going for HIV testing. Read more >

When You Don't — and Do — Need Antibiotics
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why do people go to the doctor hoping to make cold symptoms disappear when it doesn't work and can be dangerous? Read more >

Sex And Drugs And...
Neil Wagner

Smoking pot and drinking alcohol increase the likelihood students will have sex. More concerning is which students are having the most unprotected sex. Read more >

Caramel Apples’ Bad Press
Sabriya Stukes

It's not hard to protect your family from the bacteria that can lurk in caramel apples. Read more >

Antibacterial Soap Flunks Another Test
Neil Wagner

You'd think antibacterial soaps would at least kill germs. Nope. Not unless you wash for hours. Read more >

Do It For Grandma
Neil Wagner

Getting a flu vaccine does more than protect you — it prevents the virus from endangering seniors in your community, too. Read more >

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Antibiotic Use
Leslie Carr

Antibiotic use and overuse appear to either contribute to or serve as early signal for developing the most common form of diabetes. Read more >

A Folk Remedy To Disarm Deadly MRSA
Neil Wagner

Chestnut leaf extract shows promise as a treatment for dangerous methicillin-resistant staph infections. Read more >

Overcoming the Fear of Vaccines
Neil Wagner

Parents who refuse vaccines do it to protect their kids. When they see the damage not vaccinating can do, they often reconsider. Read more >

Your Viral History in A Drop of Blood
Neil Wagner

What if you doctor could see every virus your body has ever encountered in one drop of blood? Read more >

Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies: A New Approach to HIV Treatment
Charlotte LoBuono

The broadly neutralizing antibody 3BNC117 is active against over 80% of HIV strains and is well-tolerated. Read more >

Antibiotic Use Appears Linked To Type 2 Diabetes
Charlotte LoBuono

The overuse of antibiotics doesn't just lead to resistance; it is linked to another major disease. Read more >

Food Safety: Home Chefs Flunk the Test
Neil Wagner

Videos of home cooks found bacteria were spread from meat to veggies by a surprising source. Read more >

Penicillin Allergies May Fade with Time
Neil Wagner

Having a rash or hives as the result of penicillin treatment does not necessarily mean you are allergic. Get tested. Read more >

Experts Recommend Getting the Flu Shot as Early as Possible
Alice G. Walton

Get the flu shot as early in the fall as possible. There are a few exceptions. Read more >

Are Bacteria the Cure for Food Allergies?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having healthy gut bacteria, part of your microbiome, may help protect against the development of food allergies. Read more >

Antibiotics in Early Life — and in Utero — May Bring Obesity Risk Later On
Alice G. Walton

Early exposure to antibiotics — even prenatally — can raise the risk for obesity later in life. Read more >

Preparing for A Flu Pandemic
Alice G. Walton

Vaccinating for the flu earlier can curb a pandemic. So can washing your hands. Read more >

Young Women Often Unaware of the Cancer Protection Offered by the HPV Vaccine
Charlotte LoBuono

Human papilloma virus spreads easily with sexual contact. It can make girls vulnerable to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is the answer. Read more >

Fever-Reducing Medicines Can Spread the Flu
Alice G. Walton

Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >

A Cure for the Common Cold: Chicken Soup and Patience
Esther Entin, M.D.

Worried about that persistent cough? Consider patience, not medicine. Read more >

FDA Begins Inquiry into The Effects of Antibacterial Soaps
Esther Entin, M.D.

The active ingredient has been found in breast milk. FDA investigates. Read more >

Meningitis Outbreaks Ongoing on East and West Coast
Neil Wagner

Bicoastal meningitis outbreaks at Princeton and UCSB. Read more >

Teens More Susceptible to Herpes Infections
Neil Wagner

Oral sex is not the protect from STDS that many think it is. In particular, herpes is more likely to be transmitted. Read more >

Too Much of a Good Thing: Antibiotics Overprescribed For Sore Throats
Charlotte LoBuono

Your throat is sore. Sure, it's terrible; but if you're an adult, it is unlikely you need an antibiotic. Read more >

Mining Bacterial Vulnerabilities to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
Charlotte LoBuono

The vulnerability of resistant bacteria to other drugs presents new possibilities for improving the treatment of bacterial infection. Read more >

A Flu Shot to the Heart
Neil Wagner

Putting off getting a flu vaccine? Think again. They can cut the risk of heart attacks by nearly half. Read more >

Discovery Suggests A Surprising Culprit in Alzheimer's and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
Michael J. Gertner

New Alzheimer's disease discovery -- how it's "like a fire burning through the brain." Read more >

The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Charlotte LoBuono

Know the symptoms. And please, use insect repellent when mosquitoes are active. Read more >

Antibiotics Harm Bacteria...and The Machinery of Our Cells
Alice G. Walton

Antibiotics can kill bacteria, but they also cause serious stress to our own cells. Read more >

Kidney Dialysis in the Elderly: The Case for Grafts
Neil Wagner

How to avoid some complications when connecting elderly patients to dialysis machines. Read more >

Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
Leslie Carr

The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >

Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Esther Entin, M.D.

A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >

CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Charlotte LoBuono

Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >

Bacteria Offer New Hope for Acne Prone
Neil Wagner

People with acne have a different mix of bacteria on their skin than those who don't. Read more >

The Patient Survival Guide: 8 Simple Solutions to Prevent Hospital and Healthcare-Associated Infections
Dr. Maryanne McGuckin

Elderly Found to Respond Differently To Flu Vaccine
Charlotte LoBuono

Elderly adults, with their years of exposure and aging immune systems, respond differently to the flu vaccine. Read more >

FDA to Weigh in on Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
Neil Wagner

There were 27 cases of dengue in 2009. Genetic modification may stop mosquitoes' transmission of this deadly virus. What else will it do? Read more >

Tick-Borne Diseases Are Rising Sharply in Number and Variety
Alice G. Walton

Tick-borne diseases are rising steadily. And it's not just Lyme disease anymore. Read more >

HPV Vaccine Does Not Change Sexual Behavior in Girls
Charlotte LoBuono

Good news for parents: protecting girls with the HPV vaccine does not encourage sexual activity. Read more >

Quick-Release Medical Tape Kinder to Skin
Leslie Carr

A new quick-release adhesive tape doesn't pull or damage skin. Where was this stuff when we were young? Read more >

A New Weapon in the War on Listeriosis
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The leaves of the carob tree offer some encouraging news in the war on treatment-resistant bacteria. Read more >

New Spray Finds Poison Ivy, Even When It's Hiding
Neil Wagner

New spray makes the toxic oil on poisonous plants glow, offering lovers of the outdoors a way to... Read more >

New Research Points to Viral Acne Treatment
Charlotte LoBuono

Despite what the infomercials say, a cure for acne remains elusive. But scientists may have found... Read more >

Is Vitamin D The Elusive Cure For The Common Cold?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Vitamin D has not been found to prevent or reduce the severity of colds. Read more >

Protection from AIDS for High-Risk Heterosexuals
Neil Wagner

The CDC recommends people at high risk for heterosexual transmission of HIV consider using Truvada. Read more >

Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

You can pick up the T. gondii parasite simply through contact with contaminated soil or vegetables; direct exposure to cat feces is not... Read more >

Another Black Mark Against Antibacterial Soaps and Cleansers
Neil Wagner

Triclosan, found in many antibacterial products, may weaken muscle function in addition to other... Read more >

A Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity
Neil Wagner

Antibiotics appear to fatten up kids the way they fatten up cattle. Needless to say, this is not... Read more >

Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >

Skipping the Antibiotics Could Help Address the Resistance Problem
Alice G. Walton

Antibiotics may not always be necessary for fighting infection. Reducing their use could help fight antibiotic resistance. Read more >

Cranberry Products May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Alice G. Walton

Cranberry products may be an effective way to preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read more >

Cytomegalovirus, A Serious Health Risk Hiding in Plain Sight
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is responsible for roughly 20% of the hearing loss in newborns. Read more >

Dogs May Protect Against Asthma
Neil Wagner

Having a dog around the house may help children develop the microbes they need to fight off RSV... Read more >

What's Waiting for You in Your Hotel Room?
Alice G. Walton

If you're staying in a hotel or motel this summer, some unwelcome "guests" may precede you. Read more >

Washing Works: Hand-Washing and School Absenteeism
Esther Entin, M.D.

When children are taught how to wash their hands in school, absenteeism goes down. Read more >

Text Messaging Increases Flu Vaccinations
Neil Wagner

Text messaging is proving useful to promoting public health - as long as it isn't done while you are Read more >

Salmonella Outbreak from Raw Tuna
Neil Wagner

Nakaochi Scrape is the source of a recent salmonella outbreak. It's used in spicy tuna rolls... Read more >

Tracking Disease Clusters in the US: Elusive Prey
Alice G. Walton

Disease clusters were made famous by Erin Brockovich, but they are harder to pinpoint than you might think. Read more >

Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, PANS
Esther Entin, M.D.

Infection can sometimes bring on sudden bizarre obsessions and compulsions in children. Knowing the signs can help. Read more >

More Evidence that Antibiotics in Animal Feed Threaten Human Health
Neil Wagner

ST398 started out as an antibiotic-sensitive bacterium in humans, then it spread to livestock... Read more >

The Stress-Immunity Connection
Alice G. Walton

Stress can lead to reduced immune system function. Reduce stress, reduce your odds for illness. Read more >

Government Panel Issues New Vaccination Recommendations
Susan H. Scher, M.D.

There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >

Keeping Infants Safe from Cronobacter Infections
Esther Entin, M.D.

To avoid introducing microbes, shake infant formula to mix it rather than stirring. Read more >

From Sepsis to Shock: What Happens When Bacteria Invade the Body
Jeffrey P. Green, M.D.

Severe sepsis is a raging infection that shuts down organs. It is important to find it fast, but that can be tricky. Read more >

Figuring The Cost-Benefit Ratio of Vaccines
Alice G. Walton

Parents in some communities have decided that the risks of vaccines are greater than the benefits. Not true. Read more >

Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Alice G. Walton

Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >

Oh No! Not the Cookie Dough!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating raw cookie dough is a bad idea. Unbaked flour can contain bacteria that may cause foodborne illness. Read more >

Has Tooth Decay Met Its Match?
Neil Wagner

Call it a smartbomb against tooth decay, a new mouthwash targets the bacterial causing cavities... Read more >

A Sign that Doctors Care about Their Patients
Neil Wagner

Doctors asked to take this simple precaution for their own protection ignored the request... Read more >

The Hidden Costs of Not Taking a Sick Day
Leslie Carr

People who decide to come to work when they feel sick spread disease. Read more >

A Chicken Pox on Thee: Parents Get Caught for Infecting Kids with Virus
Alice G. Walton

The chicken pox vaccine is the best way of protecting your child from the virus... Read more >

Green Veggies Aid Immune Response in the Gut
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A lack of green vegetables turned off a chemical signal key to immune function in the gut. Read more >

Colon Cancer Linked to Bug
Alice G. Walton

Colon cancer tissue was infected with a specific bacterium. Could this mean a cancer antibiotic... Read more >

Treatment for Prion Diseases May Soon Be on the Way
Neil Wagner

The brain-wasting prion diseases are slow-growing. Two drugs seem to bring them almost to a... Read more >

Online Gamers Help Solve Mystery of Critical AIDS Virus Enzyme
Alice G. Walton

A team of online gamers helps researchers solve a critical piece of the AIDS puzzle... Read more >

Hormonal Contraceptives Double Risk of HIV
Neil Wagner

An African study has found that hormonal contraception doubles the risk of HIV infection and... Read more >

Ticks and Blood Transfusions Spread Potentially Dangerous Parasite
Alice G. Walton

Blood transfusions are the cause of many cases of the parasite Babesia, which is normally spread by ticks. Read more >

Listeria Outbreak Likely Has Not Peaked
Neil Wagner

The bacterium Listeria has killed 13 people. Given its slow incubation period, this may be just the Read more >

Experts Urge People to Get Flu Shot to Boost Immunity for the 2011-12 Flu Season
Alice G. Walton

Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >

Antibiotic Resistance and The Case for Organic Meat and Poultry
Neil Wagner

Organic meat and poultry could help combat much of the antibiotic resistance we see today. Read more >

Serial Salmonella Outbreaks Raise Questions
Neil Wagner

The best protection against Salmonella and other food-borne pathogens is proper handling, storage and cooking of meat and poultry. Read more >

Unsung Medical Heroes: A Roll of Tape and a Cotton Swab
Neil Wagner

Two very-low tech solutions to common medical problems show how easy it can be to reduce costs... Read more >

Black Yeast: Is Your Dishwasher Trying to Kill You?
Neil Wagner

They're not exactly killers, but most dishwashers do harbor pathogens - fungi, yeast, and molds... Read more >

How to Make Hand-Washing Fun
Neil Wagner

Gels that glow under black light can be used to teach kids to wash their hands more thoroughly. Read more >

Cell Phones in the Hospital May Cause Infections
Neil Wagner

Cell phones are a surprising source of disease-causing bacteria in hospitals. Read more >

Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
Alice G. Walton

To prevent swimmers' ear, tilt your head and gently pull the earlobe in a few directions to help water escape, then dry your ears. Read more >

Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Alice G. Walton

Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >

Evidence that Honey is an Effective Wound Treatment
Neil Wagner

A particular kind of honey weakens bacteria's ability to attach to tissues, providing a new line of Read more >

Antibiotics in Meat Once Again Linked to Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Neil Wagner

Meat and poultry in five U.S. cities were contaminated with bacteria. Contamination is not... Read more >

Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
Neil Wagner

If you are over 65 and on Medicare, you should take advantage of the all the free preventive health care services it provides. Read more >

Wound Cleaning May Be More Important than Antibiotics
Neil Wagner

One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >

Simple Febrile Seizures: Revised Practice Guidelines and Advice for Parents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Seizures that occur when a child has a fever are scary, but are they dangerous? Sometimes. Read more >

Zinc May Shorten the Common Cold
Alice G. Walton

Taking zinc at the first sign of a cold can reduce its duration. Read more >

Antibiotics and Blood Pressure Medicines Can Be a Dangerous Mix
Neil Wagner

People on calcium channel blockers need to steer clear of certain types of antibiotics because they can cause a severe drop in BP. Read more >

Guidelines for Treating Infectious Diseases Need Better Evidence
Neil Wagner

When it comes to treating infectious diseases, doctors rely on guidelines based on little evidence. Read more >

New Antibiotics Brings Relief to IBS Sufferers
Alice G. Walton

A new antibiotic may bring significant relief to IBS sufferers; but will it work over the long-term? Read more >

Keeping an Eye on Contact Lenses
Barry A. Weismman, D.O., Ph.D.

Fit matters and is harder to achieve than you might think. Infections can happen. They're your eyes. Read on. Read more >

Echinacea: Not All It's Cracked Up To Be, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

A small study finds this ancient herbal remedy doesn't cut the length or severity of a cold by much. Read more >

More Evidence that XMRV Does Not Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Neil Wagner

The supposed link between CFS and the XMRV virus may simply be lab contamination... Read more >

Beneficial Bacterial in the Gut May Prevent Autoimmune Diseases
Alice G. Walton

Beneficial bacteria stimulates the immune system, suggesting a new way to treat colitis. Read more >

Cytomegalovirus May Affect Newborn Health
Alice G. Walton

Many of us haven't heard cytomegalovirus, but babies can develop disabilities because of the disease Read more >

Researchers Determine Why Staph Prefers Humans
Alice G. Walton

Scientists discover why staph bacteria prefer humans over other animals: it's all in the blood. Read more >

Antimicrobials and the Environment
Neil Wagner

Antimicrobial soaps are useful in hospitals, but their value in homes is less clear, and their effect on the environment is not good. Read more >

Antibiotics for Children's Ear Infections?
Neil Wagner

It is often unnecessary to treat ear infections with antibiotics. They can increase bacterial resistance and cause side effects Read more >

New HIV/AIDS Pill Offers Big Protection When Used As Directed
Alice G. Walton

Truvada offers good protection from HIV infection. Will the CDC approve it? Read more >

CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
Neil Wagner

The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >

Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
Alice G. Walton

New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >

FDA Finds Disturbing Situation at Egg Farms Behind Salmonella Recall
Alice G. Walton

The FDA says Salmonella was found in chicken feed and mounds of feces on the egg farms in the recall Read more >

More Evidence That a Virus Plays a Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Alice G. Walton

New evidence suggests (again) that chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to a virus - but is it... Read more >

Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >

Has MRSA Met its Match?
Neil Wagner

Painting walls with a new paint killed 100% of all staph bacteria. Nanotubes helped make it possible Read more >

Hundreds of Millions of Eggs Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak
Neil Wagner

Two Iowa farms have recalled over 380 million eggs due to possible contamination with Salmonella... Read more >

The 2010-11 Flu Vaccine
Neil Wagner

Fall is the time to get a flu vaccine. Even if vaccines cannot protect one completely against all forms of the flu virus, they usually resu Read more >

Snakebite! What to Do If You're Bitten and How Treatments Work
Thomas C. Arnold, M.D., and Robert A. Barish, M.D., M.B.A.

Snake bites are rare, but some bites are lethal. Know what to look for and do -- and how to avoid bites completely. Read more >

Nasal Zinc Linked to Loss of Smell
Neil Wagner

Over-the-counter zinc nasal sprays may be damaging to your sense of smell and may even destroy it. Read more >

Doctor Arrogance and Hospital Acquired Infections
Neil Wagner

A commentary in JAMA calls out doctors who don't follow a checklist for preventing CLABSI infections Read more >

CDC Says Salsa, Guacamole Account for Too Many Restaurant-Related Illnesses
Alice G. Walton

Salsa and guacamole are major sources of restaurant-related illness. Too often, they are not refrigerated adequately. Read more >

Breastfeeding Means Fewer Infant Infections
Neil Wagner

Among other benefits, breastfeeding lowers babies' risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Read more >

New Study Questions Viral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Neil Wagner

person needs to have unexplained fatigue for at least six months plus at least four of eight other symptoms to qualify as a CFS sufferer... Read more >

Controversial Autism-MMR Vaccine Study Retracted by Journal: Why Did This Happen - and Can We Forget?
Alice G. Walton

Retractions don't happen often in science, but they are part of the process. Changing the public's perceptions is another matter. Read more >

Varicella Vaccine: Will It Help After You're Exposed?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The varicella vaccine for chickenpox can help reduce symptoms or even prevent infection even when given after you've been exposed. Read more >

New HIV Drug Blocks Disease Transmission in Mice
Alice G. Walton

A new drug, Truvada, given to mice with "humanized" immune systems and exposed to HIV helped protect them from infection. Read more >

Tiny Molecule Might Thwart HIV Transmission
Alice G. Walton

Surfen, a molecule that prevents the HIV virus from communicating with an important compound in semen, holds promise as a means of prevention. Read more >

Researchers Harness the Power of Pomegranate to Fight Hospital Infections
Alice G. Walton

An ointment made of pomegranate rind and metal salts successfully combated MRSA, a notoriously hard-to-treat staph infection. Read more >

Pneumonia Risk Higher Among Flu Sufferers
Neil Wagner

People who have had the flu are more susceptible to additional infections, such as pneumonia. Read more >

Acetaminophen Reduces Vaccines' Effectiveness
Esther Entin, M.D.

Using acetaminophen to prevent a fever after your child has had a vaccine may end up reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine. Read more >

Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management
Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Millions of infections occur in nursing homes each year, costing billions of dollars. Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Retrovirus, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

CFS sufferers, it is not just in your head. Researchers have discovered that a retrovirus (XMRV) is linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Read more >

Modestly Successful AIDS Vaccine Results Give Researchers Hope
Alice G. Walton

Research on a combined, "prime-boost" vaccine has yielded modest results in what was the largest study in AIDS research history. The approach... Read more >

Treating Ear Infections: Antibiotics Aren't Always the Best First Choice
Esther Entin, M.D.

All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >

For This Year's Flu, Experts Say Preventative Measures Better
Alice G. Walton

It's not always possible to know for sure, but usually, a preventive flu vaccine is better than relying on anti-viral medication... Read more >

Aloe Vera Gel: An Alternative to Toothpaste
Neil Wagner

Not all aloe vera gel is created equal. Read more >

From Silent to Serious: Chlamydia Infections in Teens and Young Adults
Esther Entin, M.D.

The STD chlamydia can be diagnosed with a urine specimen and does not require a pelvic examination or vaginal or urethral culture. Read more >

WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic
Alice G. Walton

It's official: the World Health Organization has raised the status of the H1N1 or swine flu virus to the highest level. Read more >

Nanotechnology: Faster and Better Diagnoses
Neil Wagner

It may soon be possible to diagnose many viral and bacterial infections on the spot using a portable device that reads blood or saliva samples. Read more >

Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Esther Entin, M.D.

Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >

Flu Outbreak: The Early Line
Neil Wagner

The current flu outbreak is relatively mild. So what's the worry? Read more >

Diabetes May Be Caused by Common Childhood Virus
Alice G. Walton

A common enterovirus may be the tipping point in a chain of events that cause beta cells in the pancreas to stop producing insulin and diabetes... Read more >

Research Reveals Why Winter Is Flu Season
Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN

The flu virus appears to survive longest in low humidity, which is why it is more common during the winter. Read more >

It's Okay for Your Dog to Sleep Around
Neil Wagner

You can go ahead and let your dig lick your face as much as you'd like: he won't expose you to extra bacteria. Read more >

Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise, Says CDC
Alice G. Walton

Chlamydia can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and lead to female infertility. Read more >

Immune System Works Better at Night, New Fruit Fly Study Suggests
Alice G. Walton

The immune system (of fruit flies at least) functions better at night than during the day. Flies were more likely to survive when encountering... Read more >

Salmonella Cases Tied to Dog Food
Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN

What you feed your pet can have health consequences for you, as the salmonella outbreak shows... Read more >

Fruits and Veggies May Protect Against Flu
Alice G. Walton

Quercetin, a compound found in many fruits and vegetables may help lower susceptibility to the flu. Read more >

Another Reason to Avoid Beef?
Neil Wagner

Prions, the proteins that cause mad cow disease, can be transmitted by feces, a new study has found, raising questions about safe disposal.. Read more >

Major Key to Viral Latency Discovered
Neil Wagner

Researchers have discovered the mechanism that makes the cold sore virus becomes dormant, with possible implications for other viral diseases. Read more >

Working Out with a Superbug
Tom Gilbert

In recent months, the feared "super bug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has got the attention of doctors, clinics and hospitals. Read more >

Green Tea Improves Effectiveness of Antibiotics
Tom Gilbert

Drinking green tea helps fight against drug resistant bacteria. Read more >

Little Known but Troublesome: Prostatitis
Tom Gilbert

Prostate cancer gets the publicity, but a far less well-known prostate problem — prostatitis — affects many more men. Read more >

Infection Control and Healthcare
Keith F. Woeltje, M.D., Ph.D.

A Super Drug for Super Bugs
Tom Gilbert

Thanks to the invention of antibiotics, 20th-century medicine virtually eliminated tuberculosis, polio, leprosy and many other once-common infectious diseases. Read more >

What You Can Do to Prevent MRSA and Other Staph Infections
Leslie Carr

Recent news reports have made us all aware of the danger of drug-resistant staph infections, specifically, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (pronounced "mer-suh"). Read more >

Joel G. Breman, M.D.

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In America, you would have to be at least in your 70s or 80s to remember that parts of the country once had a problem with malaria. Read more >

New Lyme Disease Guideline
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The treatment for Lyme disease is fairly straightforward — except when it isn't. Read more >

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The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic may be ancient history to most of us but medical researchers are still learning valuable lessons from it. Read more >

Vaccine Vs. Ear Infections
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As many parents can tell you, a small child who is prone to ear infections can make the whole family miserable. Read more >

A Molecular "Condom" Against AIDS
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While they are certainly better than nothing, traditional latex condoms do an imperfect job of preventing both pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Read more >

HIV's Effect on the Immune System Worse than Thought
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People with HIV have been living longer and better since the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (or HAART) in 1995. Read more >

Facts and Fiction About Flu and Colds
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Despite how common they are, colds and flu are the subject of a great many fairytales and misconceptions. Read more >

Human Papilloma Virus and Cervical Cancer
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Modern medicine's battle against cervical cancer is a tale of two worlds. Read more >

Influenza and Pandemic Influenza: A Primer
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Public Health and Bioterrorism: Learning the Lessons of the Anthrax Attacks
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Anti-Heart Attack Antibiotics?
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Inflammation within the blood vessels plays a key role in the development of coronary heart disease. Read more >

IBS: It May Not Be in Your Head
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We know a lot about the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (also known as Spastic Colon or IBS) — pain, cramps and diarrhea — but little or nothing about what causes it. Read more >

Giant Cell Arteritis
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Always taper off steroid medications slowly, otherwise you risk upsetting the body's natural hormone production. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
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A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >

Influenza Can Affect Your Blood Count
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As we all know, it is influenza season again. Read more >

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