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Flu risk: cover your cough at Superbowl celebrations
Superbowl parties and gatherings can spread influenza, putting the lives of over-65s at risk. Researchers advise party-goers to take extra precautions while celebrating. (Medical News Today)

Paediatricians continue to encourage watch-and-wait for ear infections
Paediatricians continue to encourage doctors to 'watch and wait' before treating most ear infections with antibiotics in healthy children over six months of age. (Medical News Today)

Can herpes contribute to cognitive decline?
Chronic viruses - including the herpes simplex virus - are linked to increased risk for cognitive decline in healthy older adults, according to the latest study. (Medical News Today)

CDC issues interim guidelines for preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus and updated interim guidelines for healthcare providers
CDC has issued new interim guidance on preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus after confirming through laboratory testing, in collaboration with Dallas County Health and Human Services, the... (Medical News Today)

International group confirms high dengue transmission, recommends stronger country collaboration
Health leaders in southeast Asia confirmed the high transmission of mosquito-borne dengue virus anticipated by a University of Pittsburgh-led analysis and found challenges with data-sharing to be a... (Medical News Today)

Planes returning from Zika areas to be sprayed with insecticide, UK
As a precaution airlines are asked to use insecticide on all flights returning to the UK from countries with confirmed transmission of Zika. (Medical News Today)

To prevent infection after C-section, chlorhexidine better than iodine
Evidence strong enough to change standard skin-prep practices for the procedure, researchers say. (Medical News Today)

Study reveals how herpes virus tricks the immune system
With over half the U.S. population infected, most people are familiar with the pesky cold sore outbreaks caused by the herpes virus. (Medical News Today)

First reported autopsy of patient with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection provides critical insights
Three years after first reported MERS-CoV death, long-awaited findings contradict previous assumptions and highlight the continuing importance of autopsies to understand disease, according to The... (Medical News Today)

Flu Symptoms (Influenza Symptoms): Signs, Duration, Complications
Find out all about the signs and symptoms of influenza, the seasonal respiratory illness that is commonly referred to as flu. Flu is most common between December and February. (Medical News Today)

Leading bugs to their death: A kinder face of cholesterol
Cells of our immune system kill pathogens by enclosing them in a compartment called the phagosome. The phagosome undergoes programmed maturation, where the pathogen is degraded. (Medical News Today)

Fighting flu with designer drugs: a new compound given before or after exposure fends off different influenza strains
A study published in PLOS Pathogens reports that a new antiviral drug protects mice against a range of influenza virus strains. (Medical News Today)

High insecticide resistance found in the flea vector for plague in Madagascar
Madagascar is one of the countries with the highest incidence of bubonic plague in the world. (Medical News Today)

John Innes Centre scientists disable infectious bacteria by removing key protein
Scientists at the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia have made an exciting discovery that could provide a new way to prevent bacterial infections in both humans and plants without... (Medical News Today)

Lab in a suitcase for real-time Ebola surveillance
A genomic surveillance system that can be packed into a suitcase and transported to the field to provide on-site Ebola virus genome sequencing, generating results within 24 hours of collecting... (Medical News Today)

For pregnant women with flu, the earlier the better for antiviral treatment
Prompt use of medication beneficial, especially in cases of severe illness, study suggests.Pregnant women are at higher risk for serious illness and complications, including death, from influenza. (Medical News Today)

Routine antibiotics should be reconsidered for malnourished children
A new study suggests that the current recommendation to treat severely malnourished children with routine antibiotics does not increase the likelihood of nutritional recovery in uncomplicated cases. (Medical News Today)

Real time outbreak surveillance using genomics now possible in resource-limited conditions
New research published in Nature has shown how genome sequencing can be rapidly established to monitor outbreaks. (Medical News Today)

The Medical Research Council announces 'rapid response' to fast track research applications into Zika virus
The Medical Research Council has announced a 'Rapid Response'1 call for research applications aimed at tackling the risk posed by the Zika virus. (Medical News Today)

Which comes first: Self-reported penicillin allergy or chronic hives?
People who have self-reported penicillin allergy may have a three times greater chance of suffering from chronic hives. (Medical News Today)

Skin infections rife among high school wrestlers, say CU Anschutz researchers
The first national survey of skin infections among high school athletes has found that wrestlers have the highest number of infections, with football players coming in a distant second, according... (Medical News Today)

Breaking through insect shells at a molecular level
Researchers at the universities of Bonn and Leipzig discover a mechanism for fighting pathogens. (Medical News Today)

Increased risk of bacterial infection if food is exposed to light
Listeria bacterium found in food, which can infect people and cause temporary gastro-intestinal distress, is a serious health risk for pregnant women and for people with compromised immune systems. (Medical News Today)

Clip-on device offers protection against mosquitoes that transmit Zika
A product called the OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent device could be an effective tool for preventing bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito -- the primary vector of Zika, chikungunya, dengue... (Medical News Today)

Wearing antiperspirant, deodorant significantly alters armpit bacteria
New research finds wearing antiperspirant or deodorant has a strong effect on armpit bacteria, laying the groundwork for further studies to investigate the health implications. (Medical News Today)

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