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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.

Barney Graham, the deputy director of the vaccine research at the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, said the idea of creating once-in-a-lifetime flu vaccine is no longer elusive as modern molecular technology has enabled researchers to design things at infinitesimal resolution.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Activity of the virus (influenza A H3N2) has increased all through the nation for the second week in a row, particularly in Washington, where it has reached “epidemic” levels. In Washington, flu has already claimed 4 lives within the past ten days alone. Three of those four deaths were among older people, who are more susceptible to the dangerous seasonal virus.

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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.

The experts stressed that use of any of the above-mentioned things to remove earwax could lead to hearing loss, ringing or dizziness.

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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.

Dr. Kennon Heard, from Aurora-based University of Colorado Hospital, said they noticed a significant increase in CHS cases, particularly after the state legalized marijuana for recreational purposes.

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Weight-loss surgery causes gastro issues: study

Weight-loss surgery causes gastro issues: study

Weight-loss surgery is certainly an effective way to drop unnecessary pounds, but a new research has cautioned that the procedure may also cause long-lasting tummy problems.

A team of Dutch researchers examined data on 249 obese people who opted for laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, the most common type of weight-loss surgery, and found that they suffered various gastrointestinal issues and food intolerance up to 2 years after their operation.

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Researchers announce success of experimental brain cancer treatment

Researchers announce success of experimental brain cancer treatment

Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to beat cancer, and the same immune-based therapy has reportedly helped a patient with advanced brain cancer.

Researchers around the globe have long been using immunotherapy for beating blood cancers like lymphomas and leukemias, but it has yet to be approved for treating brain cancer.

Following a successful experiment, researchers at the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute & Medical Center have announced that patient who tried the therapy is still alive more than a year after receiving the treatment.

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China to implement nationwide ban on smoking

China to implement nationwide ban on smoking

China, which produces the world’s largest supply of cigarettes, is set to implement a stricter nationwide ban on cigarette smoking by the end of this year.

On Tuesday, China’s National Health & Family Planning Commission introduced the regulation to control smoking in public areas throughout the nation. Introducing the regulation at the Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai, the commission’s Mao Qun’an pointed out that various studies have proved that smoking harms health.

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Blood donation drops when it is needed most: Red Cross says

Blood donation drops when it is needed most: Red Cross says

Many blood donors cancel or postpone their appointments over the Christmas and New Year holidays, causing a shortfall at a time when the need for blood is the highest, the American Red Cross said.

The higher likelihood of road accidents during the Christmas and New Year holiday season pushes need for blood significantly up. On the other hand, nearly 20 per cent of registered blood donors cancel their appointments due to their busier schedules or celebrations.

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