Flu Shot Tied to Heart Failure Survival

By |2018-12-14T15:35:05+00:00December 14th, 2018|

Early and consistent vaccination associated with bigger risk difference Getting the flu shot each year is associated with better survival outcomes for heart failure (HF) patients, a large, Danish cohort study found. After adjustment for education, household income, prescriptions, comorbidities, and inclusion date, patients getting at least one influenza vaccination during the median 3.7 years [...]

Asthma Facts

By |2018-12-14T15:30:39+00:00December 14th, 2018|

Asthma Facts Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lung airways that causes coughing, chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath. 8.3% of Americans have asthma. Of these 26.5 million, 20.4 million are adults and 6.1 million are children.1 Asthma prevalence is higher in children (9.4 percent) than in adults (7.7 percent), and higher in [...]

Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines

By |2018-12-14T15:25:33+00:00December 14th, 2018|

Misconceptions about Flu Vaccines Can a flu vaccine give you the flu? No, flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines given with a needle (i.e., flu shots) are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ (killed) and that therefore are not infectious, or [...]

What Every Parent Should Know About Hepatitis A

By |2018-12-14T15:15:01+00:00December 14th, 2018|

Contributor: Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, MD Although parents may not hear about hepatitis A infections often, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms — as it’s more common than you might think. Hepatitis A is an inflammation affecting the liver, due to a highly contagious viral infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. This virus only affects the liver, but [...]

Japanese woman died from tick-borne illness after cat bite, health ministry says

By |2018-12-14T14:31:48+00:00December 14th, 2018|

A woman in western Japan died from a tick-borne disease last year after being bitten by a stray cat, the health ministry said. The case is believed to be the world’s first human infection of the illness without a direct bite from a tick. The ministry said Monday that the woman in her 50s was [...]

How to Kick the Sugar Habit

By |2018-12-12T18:53:01+00:00December 12th, 2018|

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that they just can’t control their sweet tooth. Though many of us want to lower our sugar intake, it’s hard to conquer those sugary cravings. From dealing with my own sweet cravings, as well as those of my clients, I’ve devised a strategy for reducing the urge to [...]

Family Dinners Improve Teens’ Eating Habits No Matter How Well Family Functions, New U of G Study Finds

By |2018-12-12T18:45:22+00:00December 12th, 2018|

A new U of G study has revealed teenagers and young adults who sit down for family dinners – regardless of how well the family unit manages daily routines, communicates and connects emotionally – are more likely to have healthier eating habits than if they graze or fend for themselves at suppertime. “Gathering around the [...]

Even When Not In Rome, Eat A Mediterranean Diet To Cut Heart Disease Risk

By |2018-12-12T00:21:11+00:00December 12th, 2018|

Once again, your mother was right. You really do need to eat your vegetables. And while you are at it, put down the bacon and pick up the olive oil, because new research supports the contention that switching to a Mediterranean diet could significantly decrease the risk of heart disease. According to a study published Friday in [...]