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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC

February 26, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — This year’s flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, health officials reported Thursday.
That’s a drop from the 23 percent protection level estimated for the flu shot earlier in the season, said […]


U.S. Ebola Survivor Dr. Craig Spencer Gives His Side of the Story

February 26, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many U.S. politicians and media outlets hyped the threat of U.S. cases of Ebola last year, according to a newly written personal account by Dr. Craig Spencer, the last American Ebola patient treated in the United States.
He also believes that officials and the media unnecessarily […]


Viruses Increasingly Behind Child Pneumonia Cases

February 25, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young children are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill with pneumonia — but unlike in years past, the cause is usually a respiratory virus, a large U.S. study finds.
The researchers found that 66 percent of pneumonia cases in the more than 2,000 children in […]


Dangerous C. Difficile Germ Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC

February 25, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Almost half a million Americans were infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile in 2011, and 29,000 died within a month of diagnosis, U.S. health officials report.
“Infections with C. difficile have become increasingly common over the last few decades, and are seen in patients in health-care […]


Taking Pill Before, After Sex Cuts HIV Infection for Gay Men: Study

February 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s new evidence that gay men not infected with HIV can stay that way if they take a pill called Truvada in the days before and after a sexual encounter with an infected partner.
The strategy is known as “pre-exposure prophylaxis,” or PrEP. Prior studies had suggested that […]


A Doctor’s Advice, a Patient’s Race Influence Flu Shot Rates

February 24, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A doctor’s recommendation and a patient’s race may play a big role in whether or not people get an annual flu shot, new research reveals.
Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit surveyed about 475 patients and found that 90 percent of them followed through on a doctor’s advice […]


California Reports No New Measles Cases Since Last Update

February 24, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a sign that the measles outbreak that began at two Disneyland theme parks in California last December may be easing, California health officials reported Monday no new cases since their last update on Friday.
The total number of measles cases in California now stands at […]


Measles Cases Pass 150 Mark, CDC Says

February 23, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of people infected with measles has increased slightly to 154 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. health officials reported Monday.
Last week, the number of cases was 141, officials said.
The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California […]


Most HIV Infections Come From Undiagnosed or Untreated People: Study

February 23, 2015

MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If an American becomes infected with HIV, chances are he or she contracted the virus from someone who didn’t know they were infected or wasn’t getting proper treatment.
That’s the message of a new U.S. study, which found that undiagnosed and untreated people with HIV may be responsible […]


Tropical Virus Symptoms Can Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study

February 20, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus causes joint pain and swelling similar to rheumatoid arthritis, which can make diagnosis difficult, a new study says.
Chikungunya has spread in parts of the Caribbean and Central and South America. Though still rare, the virus is increasingly being seen in the United States, according […]



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