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It used to be that every “good mother” had a cupboard in her home that had a wide assortment of over the counter (OTC) medications to treat any of a variety of symptoms that a child may encounter. Whether it was a severely clogged nose or a horrendous sounding cough, there was magical grape or cherry flavored syrup that was supposed to resolve the problem. But what we know now about such cough and cold medicines may surprise you. Keep reading to find out why you should be looking into natural alternatives to cough and cold medicines.
As the weather gets colder, the snow shovel’s at the front door, you can’t find warm enough gloves, and the car’s heater takes forever to warm up, your vacation thoughts just might be going south to some sun and surf. The following are a few tips for enjoying some healthy B.E.A.C.H.T.I.M.E.!
Surely you’ve heard the importance of vitamin D when it comes to your health. And now, a new study suggests that vitamin D is SO essential to your immune system, that it’s been preserved in the human genome for over sixty million years! With a history like that, you can’t go wrong in getting more vitamin D. Keep reading to find out more about this discovery.
We’re becoming complacent about the threat of swine flu. After all, many cases have turned out to be relatively mild even though there are a lot of them and the spread is breathtakingly fast. Even so, in most cases, serious outcomes such as deaths and hospitalizations have been easily explained by the patients’ pre-existing conditions. But there are some facts that you should be aware of in regards to the H1N1 flu.
There is great concern about how the seasonal flu, and even more about the swine flu. Those in authority are using the media to advocate getting flu shots. They are being administered at grocery stores, college campuses, pharmacies, and some employers are even providing them on site. However, these flu shots may be causing more harm than good on a variety of levels.
With the winter season gearing up to full swing, you may be wondering how you can help prevent the seemingly inevitable cold bug. Fortunately, there may be an easier way. Scientists are saying that some people – those who are deficient in Vitamin D – are more susceptible than others when it comes to getting the sniffles. Could you be one of them? Keep reading to learn more about this new discovery . . .
Dr. Mehmet Oz is arguably one of the most well-known doctors in the United States. He is the Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and a popular talk-show host. Dr. Oz has become a household name in the USA. And while Dr. Oz advocates many of the practices of conventional medicine, he has a differing opinion of the recently-developed swine flu vaccine. Keep reading to find out why you and your loved ones should think twice before getting this vaccine.
Twenty-one children’s and infant’s Tylenol products that were manufactured between April 2008 and June 2008 are being recalled as a safety measure to prevent potential contamination. Keep reading for more information on these potentially harmful children’s products and how you can keep your child safe.
If you’re worried about the upcoming flu season, and perhaps even more critical the potential swine flu pandemic, then you may be reaching for popular medicines such as Tamiflu. But is that option really safe? Especially when it comes to your children? Keep reading to find out what researchers are saying about this popular flu “remedy.”
With the Swine Flu predicted to be a major concern this coming Fall and Winter, and as the numbers of people infected with the Swine Flu continue to rise, it’s important to know the symptoms of the Swine Flu and for you to be able to asses your risk. However, please bear in mind that the symptoms of human seasonal flu and Swine Flu are almost identical, so it is important not to get too alarmed if you are displaying flu symptoms as they are most likely to be caused by human seasonal flu. But, you should always contact your doctor or healthcare provider if you suspect you have any type of flu and fall into the “at-risk” categories listed below.
If you think you’re getting an accurate answer from a rapid swine flu test, you may be putting your health at risk. A recent review of the rapid tests revealed that they are not completely accurate and actually miss many cases of the potentially deadly infection. Keep reading to find out how you can protect yourself and your family from a mistaken diagnosis.
With the cold and flu season around the corner, some good old tips that our mama has taught us do really work. That is, the most invaluable immune booster for your body is a healthy 8-9 hour sleep every night. Also, we should all eat a healthy small breakfast within 30 minutes of awakening. I like taking my customized multivitamin at that time as well. The concept of customized multivitamin makes a lot more sense to me than a "one size fits all" kind of approach.
The following Swine Flu Symptoms Checker should not be used as a replacement for medical advice. Please consult with a doctor if you are experiencing any of the Swine Flu symptoms below.
The flu treatment Tamiflu may no longer be effective against all strains of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus. A Danish citizen who had already recieved doses of Tamiflu developed flu-like symptoms that eventually led the person to the Statens Serum Institute, where they were treated for swine flu; reports from the institute state that the person has recovered and is in good health.
Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products have been allegedly linked to permanent damage to the sense of smell. The FDA says about 130 consumers have reported a loss of smell after using Zicam products since 1999.
The Swine Influenza epidemic is one that is not serious. Unlike the past few epidemics, the 1918 flu, for instance, this is not as dangerous.
The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the threat level of the swine flu (H1N1) to a level 6 – the agency's highest alert level (which means a pandemic, or global epidemic, is under way).
The CDC released updated information on the Swine Flu outbreak, including the number of cases and the current threat level.
With the number of confirmed cases of swine flu on the rise, both in the United States and in other countries, the threat for a global pandemic is becoming very real. One expert, Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has stated that although ordinary human flu accounts for 36,000 deaths every year, he was concerned by this strain. In fact, U.S. health officials warn that multiple deaths are likely. So what can you do to prepare for the outbreak and protect yourself? Keep reading for important prevention tips.
The swine flu is likely top of mind for you and your family. But with all the news sources available today, and social networking venues like Facebook and Twitter passing along information, it’s hard to know what to believe and what not to consider fact or truth. Here at Insider's Health, we’ve tapped into the expertise of Dr. Mark Jerome Walters, D.V.M. who has some interesting information to share regarding the future of swine flu and the possibility of a pandemic. Keep reading to find out what you can do now . . .