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There’s Another Bad Virus Going Around that is Not the Flu

Adenovirus looks like Flu, Acts like Flu, but it's not Influenza It looks like flu. It feels like flu. It even puts patients into the hospital like flu can. There’s another virus out there that could be adding to the seasonal misery, but it’s not being identified. The virus is called adenovirus, and it can cause very severe flu-like symptoms.... Read More

Here’s How the Flu Virus Kills Some People so Quickly

A 10-year-old Connecticut boy died of flu. So did a 21-year-old bodybuilder, and 4-year-old Jonah Reiben of Dayton, Ohio. These are not the usual sick and elderly people who die from influenza. But every year, flu carries away perfectly healthy young adults and children, and tens of thousands of people over 65. Influenza virus CDC How does flu kill, and... Read More

Influenza Might be Spread Simply by Breathing

The flu virus might be spread not only by coughing and sneezing, but also simply by breathing, researchers say in a new report. That may not sound surprising, but the common wisdom among flu experts has been that flu was not an airborne virus but only spread by fairly large droplets, from coughing or sneezing. The new study found clear... Read More

Excitement as Early Blood Test for 8 Types of Cancer Advances

Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumors shed into blood, to try to find cancer before it spreads, when chances... Read More

EPA Eases Path for New Chemicals, Raising Fears of Health Hazards

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome. But some former EPA officials, as well as experts and advocates, say the agency is skipping vital steps that protect the public... Read More

Could You Pass the Mental Test Trump Took?

What’s the Montreal Cognitive Assessment mental test Trump took? Can you recognize a lion? How about remembering a list of five words, right away and five minutes later? President Donald Trump can. He got all the usual tests as part of his annual physical exam as president. But he also added an extra exam — a cognitive screening test for... Read More

Keep These Cough Medicines Away from Kids

Cough medications that contain opioids like codeine should never be given by kids, and the medicines will now need to be labeled to make that clear, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. They’ll also carry bigger warnings about their dangers to adults, the FDA said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring safety labeling changes for prescription cough... Read More

Too Soon to Blame Romaine Lettuce

It’s still too early to blame romaine lettuce for an outbreak of E. coli sickness that’s affected at least 57 people in Canada and the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. No new cases have been diagnosed since early December, but that doesn’t mean the outbreak is over, said Ian Williams, chief of the CDC's Outbreak Response... Read More