Health News

Flu Vaccine Excels at Preventing Illness
When flu season is around the corner, you're likely to see lots of reminders to get the flu vaccine. Is the flu vaccine likely to make much of a difference?
Doubling Down on Flu Medication
Most cases of the flu don’t lead to more than a few days home from work, or sometimes a hospital stay. In some cases, however, the flu can cause major respiratory problems and even death.
Bird Flu Resistance Worries
There is not yet a vaccine available to prevent the new bird flu strain seen in China, and doctors are still trying to determine the best way to treat patients with the virus.
Fears of a Southern Virus Soothed
The H7N9 bird flu strain in China and novel coronavirus in the Middle East have both been making headlines and putting health officials worldwide on alert for strange symptoms or outbreaks of disease.
Population Immunity to H7N9 Could Be Low
Cases of H7N9 avian influenza in China have had experts worldwide on edge since the end of March. There is still much to be learned about the new bird flu strain, inspiring researchers in Vietnam to probe deeper.
Lull in Bird Flu Doesn’t Mean the Storm Has Passed
Cases of bird flu in China have been keeping officials worldwide on edge for weeks as numbers of new patients steadily increased.
Flu During Pregnancy Linked to Bipolar?
Being sick while pregnant certainly isn't fun. Having the flu while pregnant is even worse. But being down with the flu during pregnancy might be linked to longer term concerns, too.
No Need to Fear the Flu Shot
One of the concerns parents might have with the flu vaccine is side effects in children with pre-existing conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease.
Experts Concerned Over Bird Flu
Cases of the H7N9 avian influenza have so far mostly stayed within Chinese borders, with only one case discovered outside of the mainland in Taiwan.
Understanding 'Bird Flu' Patients
News has been developing fast from the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China. But what do we know about the patients who have been infected with the disease? Are there common threads in these cases?