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Vaccine for Deer Against ‘Mad Cow’-Like Illness Shows Promise

December 21, 2014

SUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to “mad cow disease” in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report.
The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease, according […]


Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles

December 18, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Traveling through the same U.S. airport gate, one infected passenger transmitted the measles virus to three others within a four-hour time span, illustrating just how easily the virus can spread, a new report shows.
“The exposures in this report were not prolonged and occurred in a domestic rather than […]


Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report

December 18, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Ebola’s entrance into the United States — along with Angelina Jolie’s chickenpox and the National Hockey League’s mumps outbreak — have highlighted cracks in the nation’s public health defense against infectious disease, according to a new health policy report released Thursday.
Half of U.S. states are […]


Many Flu Infections Aren’t Good Match for Vaccine: CDC

December 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.
And more than half of the flu infections examined so far have been caused by the strain known as influenza […]


Frail Elderly Might Benefit From High-Dose Flu Shot

December 18, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A high-dose influenza vaccine is better than the standard vaccine for frail seniors under care in nursing homes, a new study suggests.
Researchers report that the high-dose shot produces a stronger immune response in this elderly population, a potential sign it will keep more cases of flu at bay.
“For […]


‘Kids’ Diseases’ Now Hitting Adults

December 16, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Chickenpox befell Angelina Jolie this week, preventing the actress-turned-director from attending the premiere of her new film.
Meanwhile, an outbreak of mumps has hit the National Hockey League, sidelining more than a dozen players and two referees.
These are considered kids’ diseases. Most adults have vivid, fretful […]


Vaccinating Schoolkids Cuts Flu in Communities: Study

December 15, 2014

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Giving flu shots to schoolchildren also protects others, a new study finds.
“The effect of school-based vaccination was profound, both on the students and on the community,” lead author Cuc Tran, a doctoral student in public health at the University of Florida, said in a university news release.
When half […]


Scientists Find Gene They Say Affects Flu Shot Response

December 11, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve pinpointed a gene that affects how much protection the flu vaccine gives a person.
They analyzed blood samples from more than 200 people who’d had organ transplants. The researchers found that versions of a gene called IL-28B influenced the strength of the immune response trigged […]


Many Americans Still Haven’t Gotten a Flu Shot

December 11, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said Thursday.
Worse, some people are thinking about skipping this year’s flu shot, based on […]


California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report

December 4, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new analysis of the whooping cough epidemic in California finds that infants have been hit the hardest, and it calls for increased efforts to vaccinate pregnant women so their babies are protected.
In what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 70 years, 9,935 cases of […]



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