Have you ever asked yourself, “are bleach fumes dangerous?” A new study provides evidence that bleach use in the home is associated with higher rates of infections in children, including the flu and pneumonia.
Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts the influenza virus, tens of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die from flu-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, it’s critically important to recognize the first symptoms of flu—and seek medical attention quickly. Waiting for
Did you get your flu shot this year? A majority of adults usually ignores the annual public health advisory to get a flu shot, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a seasonal influenza vaccine for almost everyone.
Some people say they don’t get the vaccine because
About 5.7 million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number has been on the increase for years, because the average age of Americans is increasing, and the condition is more common in older adults. Another reason for the higher number is that,
Surgery is stressful on the body and mind. The degree of stress depends upon many factors, including the magnitude of the surgery, the preoperative condition of the patient, and the risk of postoperative complications. Of course, every surgical procedure carries with it some risk, however small. In older adults it’s
Alcohol is so interwoven into our social lives that it can be easy to forget that overindulgence can have negative health implications, but alcohol misuse is the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States. That’s why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a recommendation urging
Optimism Is Good for Your Health
A positive outlook does more than make life more pleasant, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. It just might make life longer, too. Researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health used prospective data on more than
Welcome to the new season of America’s Got Viruses. From a common cold to Zika, viruses from all over the globe are competing to infect the highest number of host cells. While some viruses are mild, gifting us with symptoms like a runny nose and sore throat (we feel you,
“Can I have antibiotics just to clean up this cough?” That’s a question I am asked on an almost daily basis in the Emergency Room at White Plains Hospital in New York. I see 15 to 20 patients each day, and sometimes 30 or more if I’m working the “Fast