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Current Flu Season Is Deathly. Part 3 of 3

Current Flu Season Is Deathly – Part 3 of 3

Warning signs might include a cough that disrupts sleep, a fever that doesn’t come down with treatment, or increased shortness of breath, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Adults and children with unspeakable flu can be treated with antiviral medications such as Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (inhaled zanamivir). “Those feat best when they are given very quickly. So if you do have signs and symptoms of flu, reach out to a health care provider and get evaluated.

Flu seasons are unpredictable, according to the CDC. Each year, on average, 5 percent to 20 percent of the US people gets the flu and more than 200000 people are hospitalized from complications carallumaburn. During a 30-year period, from 1976 to 2006, estimates of flu-related deaths in the United States ranged from a sad of about 3000 to a high of about 49000 people, the agency said.

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Current Flu Season Is Deathly. Part 2 of 3

Current Flu Season Is Deathly – Part 2 of 3

The reason: there’s more than one variety of flu circulating, and the vaccine protects against at least three strains of circulating virus. “If you encounter one of those viruses where there is a very good match, then you will be well-protected. Even if there isn’t a great match, the vaccine still provides aegis against the virus that’s circulating”. People at risk of flu-related complications include young children, especially those younger than 2 years; people over 65; expecting women; and people with chronic health problems, such as asthma, heart disease and weakened immune systems, according to the CDC.


Common flu symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, angered throat, muscle aches and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea are seen more often in children with flu than adults. Most people recover from flu anywhere from a few days to a bit less than two weeks. But others tolerate life-threatening complications, such as pneumonia, according to the CDC. Parents should take flu seriously, and get medical help if they feel their child is very sick.

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Current Flu Season Is Deathly. Part 1 of 3

Current Flu Season Is Deathly – Part 1 of 3

Current Flu Season Is Deathly. The present flu season, already off to a rough start, continues to get worse, with 43 states now reporting widespread flu bustle and 21 child deaths so far, US health officials said Monday. And, the predominate flu continues to be the H3N2 strain – one that is poorly matched to this year’s vaccine, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fit of outpatient visits for flu-like symptoms reached nearly 6 percent by the end of December, way above the baseline of 2 percent, CDC spokeswoman Erin Burns said Monday.

Flu reaches general levels in the United States every year, Dr Michael Jhung, a medical officer in CDC’s influenza division, told HealthDay form week. Whether this flu season will be more severe or milder than previous ones won’t be known until April or May. The number of children’s deaths from flu varies by year. “In some years we foresee as few as 30, in other years we have seen over 170. Although it’s the middle of the flu season, the CDC continues to recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot.

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An Approved Vaccine To Treat Prostate Cancer Has Few Side Effects. Part 3 of 3

An Approved Vaccine To Treat Prostate Cancer Has Few Side Effects – Part 3 of 3

Provenge is a therapeutic (not preventive) vaccine that is made from the patient’s own white blood cells. Once removed from the patient, the cells are treated with the numb and placed back into the patient. These treated cells then cause an immune response, which in turn kills cancer cells, while leaving normal cells unharmed. According to the FDA, Provenge is given intravenously in a three-dose organize delivered in two-week intervals.

The vaccine was developed by Seattle-based Dendreon Corp, which conducted initial studies among men with advanced prostate cancer who had already failed guide hormone treatment. According to American Cancer Society estimates, more than 192000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, and 27360 men turn up one’s toes from the disease.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in American men, after skin cancer. More than 2 million American men who have had prostate cancer at some point are still packed today neosize plus. The death rate is going down and the disease is being found earlier, according to the cancer society.

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An Approved Vaccine To Treat Prostate Cancer Has Few Side Effects. Part 2 of 3

An Approved Vaccine To Treat Prostate Cancer Has Few Side Effects – Part 2 of 3

Data from four phase 3 trials, which included 904 men randomized to either Provenge or placebo, showed the vaccine extended survival, improved calibre of life and had only mild side effects. In fact, more than 83 percent of the men who received Provenge were able to do perform activities without any restrictions, the researchers noted.


In terms of pretension effects, the most common were flu-like symptoms such as chills, fever and headache, which were seen in 3,5 percent of the men. Usually it took only a day or two for the symptoms to resolve. More serious side effects, such as infusion reactions, stiff 3,5 percent of the patients. Cerebrovascular problems affected 3,5 percent of those who received the vaccine and 2,6 percent of those who received placebo, Hall’s group found.

Dr Nelson Neal Stone, a clinical professor of urology and emission oncology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, said that “the side effects are get a kick out of having the flu and they can be managed with aspirin”. However, Stone pointed to one big drawback to Provenge: cost. “I’ve heard $30000, I’ve heard $90000. I have no idea what it’s customary to cost. And who’s going to pay for it?” he said.

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An Approved Vaccine To Treat Prostate Cancer Has Few Side Effects. Part 1 of 3

An Approved Vaccine To Treat Prostate Cancer Has Few Side Effects – Part 1 of 3

An Approved Vaccine To Treat Prostate Cancer Has Few Side Effects. The newly approved health-giving prostate cancer vaccine, Provenge, is securely and has few side effects, a new study finds. In April, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine for use in men with advanced prostate cancer who had failed hormone therapy. “Provenge was approved based on both protection and clinical data,” said lead researcher Dr Simon J Hall, chair of urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

This safe keeping data shows that there are very limited side effects. The advantage of the vaccine for patients with metastatic hormone-resistant prostate cancer is that it has fewer side chattels than chemotherapy, which is the only other treatment option for these patients. In addition, Provenge has improved survival over chemotherapy.

The average survival time for men given Provenge is 4,5 months, although some patients saw their lives extended by two to three years. “This is a newly present treatment, with very limited side effects, compared to anything else that a man would be considering in this state”. Hall was to present the results on Monday at the American Urological Association annual convocation in San Francisco.

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Appearance Of Cigarette Packs Will Not Change In The US. Part 3 of 3

Appearance Of Cigarette Packs Will Not Change In The US – Part 3 of 3

In a declaration released Tuesday, the FDA said it would “undertake research to support a new rulemaking consistent with the Tobacco Control Act,” the AP said. There was no take frame set for the new revised labeling. The nine original proposed images, designed to fill the top half of all cigarette packs, had stirred controversy since the concept sooner emerged in 2009.

One image shows a man’s face and a lighted cigarette in his hand, with smoke escaping from a hole in his neck – the result of a tracheotomy. The caption reads, “Cigarettes are addictive”. Another notion shows a mother holding a baby as smoke swirls about them, with the warning: “Tobacco smoke can harm your children”. A third image depicts a delirious woman with the caption: “Warning: Smoking causes fatal lung disease in nonsmokers”.

A fourth picture shows a mouth with smoked-stained teeth and an open sore on the lower lip. “Cigarettes cause cancer,” the caption reads. Smoking is the pre-eminent cause of early and preventable death in the United States, resulting in some 443000 fatalities each year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and costs almost $200 billion every year in medical costs and dead productivity Over the last decade, countries as varied as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Iran and Singapore, amongst others, have adopted graphic warnings on tobacco products.

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