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CDC to Baby Boomers: Get Screened for Hepatitis C

Federal health authorities are repeating their call for people born between 1945 and 1965 to get tested for hepatitis C in light of two new studies that underscore the importance of testing and treatment. Despite effective treatments available, the number of Americans dying as a result of hepatitis C reached an all-time high in 2014, […]

New Rx to Prevent Colds: Sleep More Than 7 Hours Every Night

A new study adds another reason to make sure you get enough sleep at night: it may help you avoid catching a cold. Researchers found that people who sleep six hours a night or less are four times more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus, compared to those who get more than […]

World Hepatitis Day: Experts Urge Prevention, Testing and Treatment

Millions of people have hepatitis – inflammation of the liver – but most of them do not know they are infected. Viral hepatitis, which includes Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, affects hundreds of millions of people around the world, according to the World Health Organization. It causes acute and chronic liver disease. Nearly […]

This Year’s Flu Season May Be Severe, CDC Warns

Federal health authorities are urging anyone who hasn’t received the flu shot to get vaccinated because this year’s flu season may be severe. Additionally, people at high risk of complications who develop flu should seek prompt treatment from their doctor. People should stay home when they are sick to avoid spreading the flu. So far […]

Busting Flu Shot Myths

Many adults come up with reasons to avoid the flu vaccine. Aron Boney, MD, a family medicine physician at DePaul Medical Associates, says many of those reasons are based on myths. “It is important that you talk to your physician about receiving a flu shot,” Dr. Boney says. “The CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 […]

All Pregnant Women Need Flu Protection, Doctors Urge

All pregnant women should get a flu shot to protect themselves and their infants, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. New data show that all pregnant women, regardless of the trimester, should receive the influenza vaccination, a news release from ACOG states. Several studies in recent years have demonstrated the safety of […]

Vaccination Helps Prevent Painful Shingles

Many people had chicken pox when they were kids. Unfortunately, this puts them at risk for shingles – a skin rash and nerve disease – that’s caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Although shingles usually affects adults after they turn 50, it can strike at any age, according to the National Institutes of Health. Once the […]

Prevent Whooping Cough with Booster Shots for Preteens

Parents can help prevent the spread of whooping cough, a highly-contagious respiratory disease, by making sure their pre-teen receives a booster vaccine. Although most children are vaccinated for whooping cough – or pertussis – as babies and receive a booster shot before kindergarten, protection wears off around the age of 11 or 12. Health authorities […]

Washing Hands More Effective Than Hand Sanitizer, CDC Says

With no vaccine to prevent infection from noroviruses and no drug to treat the infection – which is common this time of year – health officials are reminding the public that the best defense is to wash your hands often. Norovirus causes about 20 million cases of gastroenteritis every year nationwide. In fact, washing your […]

FDA Issues Warning Against Fraudulent Flu Products

Federal health officials warned the public this week that many scammers are taking advantage of flu season by selling fraudulent flu products that have not been tested nor approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Found online and in retail stores, these products may be marketed as dietary supplements, or conventional foods, drugs, nasal sprays […]