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Researchers trying to create long-lasting flu vaccine

Researchers trying to create long-lasting flu vaccine

To avoid seasonal flu, people have to get a flu shot every year. But, that could change in the future as researchers are attempting to create once-in-a-lifetime or once in a decade vaccine that would provide long-lasting protection from the viral infection.

U.S. flu activity steadily rising

U.S. flu activity steadily rising

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has warned that flu activity is increasingly becoming more widespread across the United States, with states like Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana, reported the highest rates of infection.

According to FluView from the CDC, the subtype “H3N2 influenza A” is accounting for the majority (93.5 per cent) of the influenza/flu cases this year.

Commonly used morning sickness drug not as effective as many believe: study

Commonly used morning sickness drug not as effective as many believe: study

A drug commonly prescribed to ease symptoms of morning sickness in pregnant women may not be as effective many believe, a new analysis by Canadian researchers suggested.

Diclectin has commonly been prescribed for millions of pregnant women across the United States and Canada since the 1970s, when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada approved the drug.

Public health experts concerned over soaring flu cases

Public health experts concerned over soaring flu cases

Amid the increasing number of flu-related illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths across the United States, public health experts have warned that this year’s virus is more pernicious than that of last year’s.

Don’t use cotton swabs to clean ears: advisory panel

Don’t use cotton swabs to clean ears: advisory panel

People should not use cotton swabs to clean their ears because they are not appropriate for removing earwax, an advisory panel of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery recommended.

The advisory panel cautioned that cotton swabs, toothpicks, hair pins and keys and any other things smaller-than-our-elbow-objects can cause cuts in ear canals, perforate eardrums and even dislocate hearing bones.

Marijuana-related illness on the rise in Colorado and some other states

Marijuana-related illness on the rise in Colorado and some other states

A mysterious marijuana-related illness is being reported with increasing frequency in emergency rooms across states like Colorado, where the drug is legal.

The number of known cases of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) has jumped more than 100 per cent in recent years in Colorado; and doctors are blaming chronic marijuana use for the growing number of cases.

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