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The Checkup Archive: Infectious Disease

Got a cold? Think zinc, report concludes

Suffering through another miserable bout of sneezing, coughing, and nose-blowing? Could zinc help? Apparently yes, according to an authoritative group that specializes in separating myth from fact when it comes to medical treatments. Evidence has been accumulating that zinc could reduce the severity and duration of the common cold, which...

By Rob Stein  | February 15, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Dietary supplements, Infectious Disease, colds  
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Pregnancies spaced closely together result in higher autism risk

A paper in the new issue of Pediatrics finds that when siblings are born 12 or fewer months apart, the second child's risk of autism is tripled compared to that of children born a year or more after their older sibling.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 10, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Autism, Family Health, Infant health, Infectious Disease, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Women's Health  
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Half of Americans fighting flu with supplements

Nearly half of Americans plan to use dietary supplements or homeopathic treatments to help ward off influenza this season. But only about a third of those people plan to also get a flu shot.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dietary supplements, General Health, Infectious Disease, Influenza  
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Proposed lab for study of animal diseases raises safety concerns

The National Research Council, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences, found "several major shortcomings" in a risk assessment conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, which is planning to open the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan.

By Rob Stein  | November 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Infectious Disease  
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Why you should care about paid sick leave

A report being released at a Congressional hearing later this morning by the D.C.-based Restaurant Opportunities Centers United ("a national restaurant workers' organization, comprised of restaurant worker organizations across the country," according to its Web site) says, among other key findings from its survey of more than 4,000 restaurant workers nationwide, that "nearly 90% of workers said they did not receive paid sick days. As a result, two thirds of respondents said they had worked while sick in the previous year, preparing, cooking and serving food."

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Health, Health Policy, Infectious Disease, Influenza, The Business of Health, Workplace health  
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A better way to dry

As cold and flu season approaches, we'll be hearing this message over and over again: To stay healthy, be sure to wash your hands a lot. But what we don't hear so often is the rest of that story: To best prevent the spread of germs, you also need to DRY your hands.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Family Health, General Health, Infectious Disease, Influenza, Kids' health  
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Making the best of time with TB, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 4, 2010
 
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