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The Checkup Archive: Influenza

Why flu vaccine may cause narcolepsy

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...

By Rob Stein  | February 8, 2011; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Influenza, Parenting, Sleep, Vaccinations  
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Will Ice Cream Guy catch a cold?

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.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 31, 2011; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health, Influenza, Life's Big Questions, Parenting  
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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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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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CDC revises flu death estimates

How many people does the flu kill each year in the United States? The number you always hear is about 36,000. Well, federal health officials on Thursday released some new calculations that conclude that number is misleading. The actual number can vary a lot from year to year, ranging from...

By Rob Stein  | August 26, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Influenza  
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Older Entries in This Category »

H1N1 flu pandemic officially over, WHO says, Rob Stein , August 10, 2010
How H1N1 kills, Rob Stein , December 23, 2009
H1N1 reveals weaknesses, report concludes , Rob Stein , December 16, 2009
Does Tamiflu work?, Rob Stein , December 9, 2009
Is That Right? Onions and garlic fight swine flu?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 20, 2009
That lingering cough, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 19, 2009
H1N1 vaccine: One big confusing mess, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 9, 2009
Cat catches swine flu, Rob Stein , November 4, 2009
Sneezes spread paranoia , Rob Stein , November 4, 2009
Spreading swine flu, Rob Stein , October 21, 2009
Getting Guys to Wash Their Hands, Rob Stein , October 15, 2009
Added Bonus from Seasonal Flu Shots?, Rob Stein , October 8, 2009
Using the Web to Diagnose Swine Flu, Rob Stein , October 7, 2009
Pregnant Women and the Flu, Rob Stein , October 1, 2009
What Do You Eat When You've Got the Flu?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 22, 2009
Hand-Washing How-To, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 1, 2009
How Are You Preparing for Swine Flu?, Amy Adkins , April 27, 2009
Young People Felled by Flu, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 2, 2009
 
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