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Why Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot

September 19, 2014

Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year, so U.S. health officials on Thursday urged that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the coming flu season.


Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

September 18, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests.
Investigators found that patients with a so-called quality-of-life “deficit” appeared to have a nearly three times greater risk for complications compared to [...]


Grief Can Weigh on Immune System in Older Folks, Study Says

September 18, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people become more physically vulnerable during bereavement, new research shows.
That’s because the balance of stress hormones during bereavement changes with age, British researchers say. As a result, older people who are grieving are more likely to have weakened immune systems and develop infections, the study found.
“During the [...]


New Ebola Cases Top 700 in Just One Week, Officials Report

September 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a sign that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is starting to spread faster than ever, the World Health Organization said Thursday that more than 700 new cases of the deadly viral infection were reported in just one week.
That brings the total number of [...]


Researchers Discover How Bacteria Resist Antibiotics in Hospitals

September 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have uncovered a key factor to explain why antibiotic-resistant bacteria can thrive in a hospital setting.
Tiny circles of DNA called plasmids appear to be the culprit. They can easily enter bacteria and move from one bacteria to another, and some carry a gene [...]


‘Biospleen’ Suggests New Way to Treat Blood Infection

September 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have developed a blood-cleansing device, called the “biospleen,” that they say could potentially change the way the blood infection sepsis is treated.
Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering said their device works outside the body like a dialysis machine, and can quickly filter bacteria, fungi [...]


12 States Now Reporting Severe Respiratory Illness That Targets Kids

September 17, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Twelve states now have confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illnesses that may have sickened hundreds of children, U.S. health officials report.
Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania collectively have 130 laboratory-confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, [...]


Obama Steps Up Aid to Fight Ebola in West Africa

September 16, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — On the same day that President Barack Obama announced a significant increase in U.S. aid to help combat West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the window to contain the deadly virus was closing and infections could start doubling every three [...]


Obama to Step Up Aid to Fight Ebola in West Africa

September 16, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — On the same day that President Barack Obama was to announce a significant increase in U.S. aid to help combat West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the window to contain the deadly virus was closing and infections could start doubling [...]


Kids’ Severe Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Northeast

September 15, 2014

The severe respiratory virus believed to have sickened hundreds of U.S. children in Midwestern and Western states has now spread to the Northeast, health officials report.



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