Scientists think they have found a clue to why there may be an increased risk for the sleeping disorder narcolepsy among some people who got the H1N1 flu vaccine: The cases appear to have occurred among those carrying a gene that increases the risk for the rare disorder, which causes...
I'm clearly not the only one who worried about Zack Burroughs after seeing the now-famous photo of the young attorney dashing through last week's blizzard -- carrying an ice cream cone but not wearing a coat, hat or gloves.
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.
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."
Jennifer LaRue Huget
| September 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET |
Categories: General Health, Health Policy, Infectious Disease, Influenza, The Business of Health, Workplace health
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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.
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