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Penicillin Allergies May Fade with Time
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
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?
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
Early exposure to antibiotics — even prenatally — can raise the risk for obesity later in life. Read more >


Preparing for A Flu Pandemic
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
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
Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >


A Cure for the Common Cold: Chicken Soup and Patience
Worried about that persistent cough? Consider patience, not medicine. Read more >


Meningitis Outbreaks Ongoing on East and West Coast
Bicoastal meningitis outbreaks at Princeton and UCSB. Read more >


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


Mining Bacterial Vulnerabilities to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
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
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
New Alzheimer's disease discovery -- how it's "like a fire burning through the brain." Read more >


Antibiotics Harm Bacteria...and The Machinery of Our Cells
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
How to avoid some complications when connecting elderly patients to dialysis machines. Read more >


Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >


CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >


Bacteria Offer New Hope for Acne Prone
People with acne have a different mix of bacteria on their skin than those who don't. Read more >


Elderly Found to Respond Differently To Flu Vaccine
Elderly adults, with their years of exposure and aging immune systems, respond differently to the flu vaccine. Read more >


Tick-Borne Diseases Are Rising Sharply in Number and Variety
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
Good news for parents: protecting girls with the HPV vaccine does not encourage sexual activity. Read more >


Quick-Release Medical Tape Kinder to Skin
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
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
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
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?
Vitamin D has not been found to prevent or reduce the severity of colds. Read more >


Protection from AIDS for High-Risk Heterosexuals
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
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
Triclosan, found in many antibacterial products, may weaken muscle function in addition to other... Read more >


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


Skipping the Antibiotics Could Help Address the Resistance Problem
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
Cranberry products may be an effective way to preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read more >


Dogs May Protect Against Asthma
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?
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
When children are taught how to wash their hands in school, absenteeism goes down. Read more >


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


More Evidence that Antibiotics in Animal Feed Threaten Human Health
ST398 started out as an antibiotic-sensitive bacterium in humans, then it spread to livestock... Read more >


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


Government Panel Issues New Vaccination Recommendations
There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >


Keeping Infants Safe from Cronobacter Infections
To avoid introducing microbes, shake infant formula to mix it rather than stirring. Read more >


Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >


Oh No! Not the Cookie Dough!
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?
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
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
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
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
A lack of green vegetables turned off a chemical signal key to immune function in the gut. Read more >


Colon Cancer Linked to Bug
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
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
A team of online gamers helps researchers solve a critical piece of the AIDS puzzle... Read more >


Hormonal Contraceptives Double Risk of HIV
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
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
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
Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >


Serial Salmonella Outbreaks Raise Questions
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
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?
They're not exactly killers, but most dishwashers do harbor pathogens - fungi, yeast, and molds... Read more >


How to Make Hand-Washing Fun
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
Cell phones are a surprising source of disease-causing bacteria in hospitals. Read more >


Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
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
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
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
Meat and poultry in five U.S. cities were contaminated with bacteria. Contamination is not... Read more >


Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
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
One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >


Zinc May Shorten the Common Cold
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
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
When it comes to treating infectious diseases, doctors rely on guidelines based on little evidence. Read more >


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


Echinacea: Not All It's Cracked Up To Be, Say Researchers
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
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
Beneficial bacteria stimulates the immune system, suggesting a new way to treat colitis. Read more >


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


Researchers Determine Why Staph Prefers Humans
Scientists discover why staph bacteria prefer humans over other animals: it's all in the blood. Read more >


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


CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
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
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
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
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?
Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >


Has MRSA Met its Match?
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
Two Iowa farms have recalled over 380 million eggs due to possible contamination with Salmonella... Read more >


The 2010-11 Flu Vaccine
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 >


Nasal Zinc Linked to Loss of Smell
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
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
Salsa and guacamole are major sources of restaurant-related illness. Too often, they are not refrigerated adequately. Read more >


Breastfeeding Means Fewer Infant Infections
Among other benefits, breastfeeding lowers babies' risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Read more >


New Study Questions Viral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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 >


Varicella Vaccine: Will It Help After You're Exposed?
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
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
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
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
People who have had the flu are more susceptible to additional infections, such as pneumonia. Read more >


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


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Retrovirus, Researchers Say
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
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
All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >


For This Year's Flu, Experts Say Preventative Measures Better
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
Not all aloe vera gel is created equal. Read more >


WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic
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
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 >


Flu Outbreak: The Early Line
The current flu outbreak is relatively mild. So what's the worry? Read more >


Diabetes May Be Caused by Common Childhood Virus
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
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
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
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
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
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
Quercetin, a compound found in many fruits and vegetables may help lower susceptibility to the flu. Read more >


Another Reason to Avoid Beef?
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
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
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
Drinking green tea helps fight against drug resistant bacteria. Read more >


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


A Super Drug for Super Bugs
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
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 >


Cure the Mosquito, Cure Malaria
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
The treatment for Lyme disease is fairly straightforward — except when it isn't. Read more >


Rapid Response Key in 1918 Flu Pandemic
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
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
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
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
Despite how common they are, colds and flu are the subject of a great many fairytales and misconceptions. Read more >


Anti-Heart Attack Antibiotics?
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
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 >


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





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