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People Are Already Dying From the Flu. Here's What You Need to Know About Flu Season 2017

The early days of the 2017 flu season have already claimed lives. An elderly man from Iowa died from the flu recently, marking the state’s first official flu death of the season, the Des Moines Register reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that a child died of the flu in...

Need a Flu Shot? Uber Will Deliver On-Demand Vaccinations to Your Door for $10

If you've been procrastinating on getting your flu shot, you officially have no excuse: Uber is offering a one-day flu shot delivery service tomorrow, November 19th, between 11am and 3pm. Yes, you read that right—you can get a flu shot delivered straight to your front door or office. ...

Study: Armadillos Spreading Leprosy to Humans

By Carina StorrsWEDNESDAY, April 27, 2011 (Health.com) — Several years ago, an 81-year-old woman with a raised patch of dry skin on her arm visited Mississippi dermatologist John Abide, MD. Although the lesion looked only slightly abnormal, a series of lab tests revealed that it was a symptom of leprosy. ...

Lady Gaga Just Shared a Photo of Herself Hooked Up to an IV—Here's Why

Lady Gaga is only human—and that means she, too, is subject to falling ill during cold and flu season. ...

7 Kinds of Coughs and What They Might Mean

? A cold? ? No matter what the cause, there's a simple reason behind all your hacking: “A cough is a protective mechanism to clear your airway,” explains Jonathan Parsons, MD, Director of the Cough Clinic at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. ...

A Woman Died From Brain-Eating Amoebas After Using a Neti Pot—Here’s Why

If you haven't used a neti pot before, you've probably at least heard of it. This small, simple nasal irrigation device can help clear up congestion from a cold or allergies by rinsing your nasal cavities. They look harmless, but neti pots can be dangerous. Case in point: After using non-sterile water in her neti pot,...

Yet Another Reason You Need to Get Your Flu Shot—Every Single Year

There’s more evidence than ever that getting your flu shot—and getting it every year—is a good idea. A few studies had previously suggested that repeated vaccinations year after year might lessen the shot’s effectiveness, although most findings had been inconsistent and inconclusive. Now, a newer and larger study has found no evidence of such...

The Scientific Reason Why Your Colds May Be Worse Than Everyone Else's

If you’re the type of sniffler who is struck by catastrophic colds—like way worse than your friends and family, you swear!—you might have a new culprit to blame: the bacteria living inside your nose. ...


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