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Too Much Codeine Still Prescribed to U.S. Kids: Study

April 21, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Emergency room physicians still hand out hundreds of thousands of codeine prescriptions for children every year, despite warnings that kids’ responses to codeine vary wildly and the drug can cause an accidental overdose, a new study finds.
ER doctors issued about 560,000 to 880,000 prescriptions [...]


Scientists Map DNA of Deadly Fungus

April 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers who sequenced the genome of a deadly fungus say their achievement offers a genetic map for finding weaknesses in the fungus in order to fight it.
Cryptococcus neoformans causes millions of cases of pneumonia and meningitis every year, says a team of scientists that spent 10 years [...]


Salmonella Cases Dip in U.S., But Food Poisoning Rates Remain High

April 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While the United States has seen a decline in the number of Salmonella illnesses in recent years, there’s been little progress overall in reducing food poisoning outbreaks, health officials say.
“The news is mixed,” Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the U.S. Centers for [...]


Bacteria May Survive Longer in Contact Lens Solution Than Thought

April 17, 2014

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Bacteria that can cause serious eye infections are able to survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than previously known, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at different strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause microbial keratitis. This is an inflammation and ulceration of the cornea that can cause [...]


Experimental Measles Drug Shows Promise in Animal Trials

April 16, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have successfully tested in animals a new drug that might one day protect people infected with measles from getting sick, according to a new report.
“In people who are not vaccinated against measles due to health issues — like severe immune-compromised people, for example, cancer [...]


Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season

April 15, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The H1N1 flu was the predominant influenza strain in the United States this year, but it packed a lot less punch than in 2009 when it caused a worldwide pandemic, health officials report.
This season’s flu virus didn’t reach those pandemic proportions because of prior [...]


As African Ebola Outbreak Spreads, Hopes for Vaccine Remain Years Away

April 14, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As a major outbreak of deadly Ebola virus spreads through the West African nations of Guinea and Liberia, public health officials are struggling to contain the horror-movie pathogen before it slips into neighboring countries.
They must do so without the aid of any vaccines to prevent [...]


Binge Drinking May Slow Wound Healing

April 11, 2014

FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers working with lab mice say they know why people who suffer wounds from accidents or violence while binge drinking may take longer than normal to heal.
The laboratory study replicated a typical pattern of binge drinking — three days of heavy drinking, four days without alcohol, and three [...]


Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study

April 11, 2014

FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sea otters off the Western coast of the United States were infected by the H1N1 swine flu virus that caused a human pandemic in 2009, new research shows.
During a 2011 project to monitor the health of northern sea otters off the coast of Washington state, researchers found evidence [...]


Flu Drugs Tamiflu and Relenza May Not Prevent Transmission or Complications

April 11, 2014

No evidence exists to show that anti-flu medicines stockpiled by countries around the world protect people from the spread of flu or reduce related hospitalizations and complications, a new analysis contends.



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