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Why The Flu Shot is Important to People Living with Chronic Health Conditions

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 19, 2016 12:00:15 PM

By. Joseph Bresee, M.D., FAAP

Influenza (the ‘flu’) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by the influenza virus. While the flu can make anyone very sick, people with chronic health conditions like chronic lung diseases such as asthma and COPD, diabetes (types 1 and 2), and chronic heart disease are more likely to develop serious problems from flu illness. The flu can make their chronic health conditions worse, even when those conditions are well-managed. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu. Flu can also lead to flu-related complications like pneumonia and bronchitis that can result in hospitalization and sometimes even death. Each flu season, flu causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths.

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Beijing's Air Pollution Keeps Senior Executives Away

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 14, 2014 11:55:38 AM

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) -- When her son's persistent cough worsened into asthma as heavy, toxic smog plagued Beijing for days on end, Huang Liwen decided that she had had enough.

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Diabetes and Tuberculosis: A Growing Threat

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 27, 2014 4:05:16 PM

Working in public health for 14 years in Brownsville, Texas, in a border region with poor health conditions, has taught me a lot about how disease threats can get a boost from an unsuspected source.

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Detect Signs of Lung Cancer with Breath Test

Posted by healtheo360 on Jan 28, 2014 10:09:07 AM

TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple breath test might reveal if a person has early-stage lung cancer, according to a new study.

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Flu Deaths Cross Epidemic Threshold

Posted by healtheo360 on Jan 22, 2014 3:17:44 PM

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The flu now qualifies as an epidemic in the United States, according to a weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though the CDC details a small decrease in reported cases, there have been numerous deaths from this year's outbreak, including 45 people in California.

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Obese Children Have Higher Levels of Stress Hormone?

Posted by Team healtheo360 on Dec 17, 2013 5:57:44 AM

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Obese children have elevated levels of a key stress hormone, according to a new study.

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CDC: Too Few Americans With Asthma Are Getting Flu Shots

Posted by healtheo360 on Dec 6, 2013 1:34:28 PM

THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- People with asthma face special risks from influenza, and a new report suggests far too few American asthma patients receive the seasonal flu shot, CDC says.

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Preventitive Vaccines Help Seniors Guard Against Shingles

Posted by healtheo360 on Nov 24, 2013 4:57:47 PM

Pneumonia, flu and shingles all affect seniors disproportionately to the rest of the population. These vaccine-preventable diseases account for more than 50,000 deaths annually in the U.S., according to the Alliance for Aging Research in its newly released "The Silver Book." It attributes the cost of treating infectious diseases in seniors to 15 percent of all health care expense.

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Do Parents Use Kids' Asthma Medications Correctly?

Posted by healtheo360 on Nov 2, 2013 10:36:08 AM

FRIDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Most adults who help children take inhaled asthma medications don't know all of the steps involved for their proper use, new research finds.

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