Do you want to avoid getting sick this winter? Try changing your attitude. A new study shows that a ‘Positive Emotional Style' can protect you against the flu and common cold. The study, reported this week in Psychosomatic Medicine, looked at how emotional style altered the susceptibility of a couple hundred healthy volunteers to two different viruses. Read..
“The flu kills 36,000 people each year.”
This is a statistic bandied about frequently during flu season, but it’s important to understand what it really means. This figure represents roughly half of the deaths caused by both the flu and pneumonia combined. In some cases the flu does cause pneumonia, but there are many other viruses, bacteria and fungi that cause this illness without the flu. Arbitrarily splitting the number in half is not an accurate representation of the number of flu-related deaths. Read..
With the flu season on its way, our correspondent reveals what you need to do to cut the chances of infection by 40 per cent.
There is a scene in the American sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm that now appears surprisingly prescient, given the current anxiety about avian flu.
Larry David and Ben Stiller are being introduced on the set of The Producers when Stiller sneezes, and tries to catch the spray before extending a handshake. Read..
In any given year, only about 20 percent of the population will get sick with the flu."
"Health Canada now recommends the flu shot for pregnant women in their second and third trimesters."
"I had a flu shot last year and I've never been sicker in my life," my Aunt Margaret told me recently. Conversation at our family reunion had taken a medical turn, as it often does, and Aunt Margaret wanted to tell me about her flu shot experience. Read..
Flu can affect 10 to 30 percent of the U.S. population each winter. The flu virus can linger in the air for as long as three hours. In close quarters, conditions are ripe for the spread of the virus. That explains why the highest incidence of the flu is in 5- to 18-year-olds, who spend much of their time in school, in close contact with their classmates. The most serious complications occur in older adults, however, especially those in managed care. Read..
Every winter, there are many reasons to worry about the flu. This year we are doing the same thing, but to an even greater extent. Scientists and physicians have made many announcements, issued many reports, and given many speeches regarding the terrible bird flu. Everyone is concerned as since we repeatedly read and hear these reports in newspapers and magazines, and on the internet, radio and television. Read..
The results of a government-funded study show that very high doses of an avian influenza vaccine, supplied by Sanofi-Aventis, are needed to produce an immune response that should guard against the virus. 54% of the volunteers received two shots of 90 micrograms each, 28 days apart. A typical flu shot is 15 micrograms. Read..
Colds and flu are probably the most commonly seen conditions by physicians in general or family practice. In mainstream orthodox clinics, most physicians and clinic administrators have apoplexy at the thought of using vitamins or other alternative treatments. The treatment regimens they use for colds and flu are primarily decongestants, pain relievers (aspirin and acetaminophen), antibiotics, cough suppressants, throat lozenges, and other symptomatic medications. Although I have worked in many mainstream clinics, where I have suffered under the constraints of modern medicine, I prefer my own practice, where I have a great deal more leeway (as well as greater success) in the treatments I am able to recommend for colds and flu.
First, I give cold and flu patients the same advice grandma gives - plenty of rest, fluids (especially hot lemonade), salt water gargle, etc. The treatment recommendations vary a bit from patient to patient, depending on their symptoms. With these caveats in mind, here are some recommendations that I commonly use. Read..
A bird flu pandemic is going to be a great disruption and test of humanity, but even more so to people who are mentally challenged, whether mentally retarded (MR) or who have psychiatric mental/emotional disorders. Read..