Flu Season Lingers in Big Cities

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Big cities with a large commuting workforce tend to have longer, more grinding flu seasons, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a city’s flu season is apt to last longer as its population increases and workplaces become more focused within a few key spots, said lead researcher…

New One-Dose Flu Drug Shows Promise

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An experimental single-dose flu drug shows promise as a new way to alleviate the misery of influenza, researchers say. The drug — called baloxavir — worked better than no treatment in one phase of a new study. The study also found it as effective as the current standard…

Steer Clear of Obese Friends With the Flu

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Excess weight boosts the odds of flu complications, but that’s not all. Obese adults are contagious for much longer than their slim peers, researchers report. It’s known that obesity increases a person’s risk of hospitalization and death from flu, but these findings suggest extreme weight may also play…

Who Will and Who Won't Get the Flu?

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors can’t yet predict if someone exposed to the flu will become sick. But such predictions may be getting closer to reality, new research hints. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine say they’ve identified a “biomarker” that indicates a person’s susceptibility to flu viruses. “We’ve been after…

Humidity Won't Hamper Spread of Flu Virus

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Humidity doesn’t hinder the ability of flu viruses to infect people, claims a new study that challenges a long-held belief that the viruses become less active in moist conditions. The researchers found that mucus and other airway secretions expelled during coughs or sneezes protect flu viruses when they’re…

Could Rover Unleash a Flu Pandemic?

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dog lovers might be distressed by the latest research on flu pandemics. In the new study, scientists suggest that your beloved furry companion could trigger a flu pandemic among people in the future. Why? Researchers found that flu strains can jump from pigs to dogs, and that flu…