Antibiotics do not shorten or reduce the severity of colds or flu, but they could produce adverse effects that make you feel even worse.
Resistant bacteria aren't the only risk posed by overprescribing antibiotics. A more immediate risk is side-effects and reactions, which a new review shows are surprisingly frequent and often severe.
A man in San Pablo, California, gets a flu shot at a drive-through flu shot clinic Nov. 6, 2014.
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Many people object to the added ingredients in vaccines. But pharmacists explain why those fears are unwarranted.
Our immune cells become less able to fight off infections as we get older.
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These drugs may help slow or reverse immune system decline.
Is COVID-19 hitting men harder than women?
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A new study is the first to identify sex differences in inflammation and immune cell activation in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, which causes COVID-19.
The pandemic has exposed many of us to new statistical concepts, on the news, in everyday conversations and on social media. But how many are you getting wrong?
How should COVID-19 vaccine be prioritized?
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A team of experts argues that after taking care of essential workers, COVID-19 vaccinations should be given to the greatest transmitters of the virus, who are mostly the young.
Anti-vaccination supporters in Olympia, Wash., protesting the state’s stay-at-home orders.
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Those opposing vaccinations often mistrust government, science and the news media. There may be better ways to persuade them than by offering facts only.
Although it can sometimes be challenging, there are ways to distinguish respiratory symptoms caused by a virus and those caused by an allergy.
The number of confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 in New York City was 23,247 as of July 10, which is more than eight times the number who died in the 9/11 attack.
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The COVID-19 death toll in the US is now over 130,000. What do 130,000 fatalities look like? A biostatistician provides some perspective.
It's excellent this virus has been found early, but there is no evidence yet of human-to-human transmission.
Emergency hospital during influenza epidemic at Camp Funston in Kansas around 1918.
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A century ago, the influenza pandemic killed about 50 million people. Today we are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Are we any better off? Two social scientists share five reasons we have to be optimistic.
Thinking about getting the flu shot? This may help you decide.
Social distancing could also stem the spread of influenza.
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Early evidence from Japan suggests protective measures against COVID-19 may also be protecting us against influenza.
From your lungs into the air around you, aerosols carry coronavirus.
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Aerosols are the tiny particles of liquid and material that float around in our environment. When they come from an infected person, they may be a significant source of coronavirus transmission.
You’re allowed to eat foods like eggs, avocados and berries on the keto diet.
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The adverse symptoms some people experience after adopting the ketogenic diet is known as the "keto flu".
Yes, there'll probably be fewer flu cases this year. But getting your flu jab anyway will limit transmission further, and may result in fewer flu cases ending up in our already strained hospitals.
Americans have been advised to keep six feet away from everyone else when they can’t stay home.
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Comparing death tolls between COVID-19 and the flu is the wrong way to gauge which disease is a bigger threat, according to researchers who study how people understand math.
You may have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or just suspect you have it. Either way, if you have mild to moderate symptoms, treat them as you would with any other cold or flu.
Getting vaccinated against the flu, washing your hands and social distancing are three ways you can help reduce the impact of both the flu and coronavirus.
U.S. Red Cross volunteers in 1918.
The so-called 'Spanish flu' didn't actually come from Spain. What else do people often misunderstand about this famous crisis?