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The Benefits of Flu Immunization During Pregnancy

The Benefits of Flu Immunization During Pregnancy

In spite of a long-standing recommendation for pregnant women to receive a flu vaccination, up to three-quarters of women who responded to a national survey are unaware or unclear about these recommendations. In addition, only 20 percent of women who are currently pregnant intend to receive a ... Read More


What Cold and Flu Viruses Mean for the Body

What Cold and Flu Viruses Mean for the Body

Suffering with a cold or flu can often be a tiring, aggravating encounter. However, the next time your body is suffering from these viruses remember this: allowing your body to rest while allowing the cold or flu to run its course is actually beneficial to your long term health. Proponents of ... Read More


Binge Drinking Can Temporarily Weaken Immune System

Binge Drinking Can Temporarily Weaken Immune System

Binge drinking can weaken the immune system and undermine the body's ability to fight infection for at least 24 hours afterwards by inhibiting certain signaling molecules that launch pro-inflammatory responses, according to research published in the journal BMC Immunology. Read More


Avoiding the Flu

Avoiding the Flu

With Flu season underway, it's time to look at what these viruses are and what makes them tick. The flu virus is a nasty, yet simple organism composed of 11 genes compared to the 20,000 found in humans. What makes the flu so potentially dangerous is that it's prone to mutations, which are slig... Read More


Antioxidants May Help Prevent Influenza Damage to Lungs

Antioxidants May Help Prevent Influenza Damage to Lungs

While much of the media buzz concerning the H1N1 virus has faded, scientists remain hard at work researching how the virus functions. Now, a team of Alabama researchers may have found what could be an answer for all strains of the flu. They've shown that antioxidants - the same compounds found... Read More


Flu Tips for This Winter

Flu Tips for This Winter

With Flu season underway, it's time to look at what these viruses are and what makes them tick. The flu virus is a nasty, yet simple organism composed of 11 genes compared to the 20,000 found in humans. What makes the flu so potentially dangerous is that it's prone to mutations, which are slig... Read More


Swine Flu Now an Official, but 'Moderate,' Pandemic

Swine Flu Now an Official, but 'Moderate,' Pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the threat alert of the swine flu infection that is sweeping the world from 5 to 6, its highest level, officially declaring it a pandemic but making it clear that the outbreak is not exceptionally dangerous.     As of June 11, the... Read More


Expert Commentary: Dr. John D. Cahill, M.D. June 12, 2009

Expert Commentary: Dr. John D. Cahill, M.D. June 12, 2009

With swine flu spreading to a number of countries, most of them developed and with fairly comfortable supplies of antiviral drugs, it might seem that the world is in pretty good shape to suppress a seriously lethal pandemic.  Although these drugs appear effective against this strain, i... Read More


Swine Flu Containment Unlikely; Alleviation Should Be Focus1

Swine Flu Containment Unlikely; Alleviation Should Be Focus1

Since the swine flu outbreak has now spread to several countries, it’s probably no longer possible to contain it, a leading public health expert said, so anti-flu efforts should emphasize mitigation of the situation.     In an editorial in the British Medical Journal, Ri... Read More


Avoiding Colds and the Flu

Avoiding Colds and the Flu

While there's no sure-fire way of protecting yourself against colds or the flu, or of cutting them short, there are a number of herbs and supplements that could be of some use, according to Amanda Ursell, a nutritionist with The Times of London. Washing your hands often, especially when near ... Read More



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