TUESDAY, Jan. 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Secondhand vapor from electronic cigarettes is harmful to others, causing bronchitis symptoms and shortness of breath in young bystanders, a new study reports. Secondhand exposure to vapor increased teens’ risk of bronchitis symptoms by 40% and shortness of breath by 53%, according toContinue Reading

MONDAY, Dec. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The COVID virus strain circulating in the United States during the pandemic’s first wave spread so fast because it most often started with a cough, according to a new study. It’s likely that people with that strain — D614G — coughed and spreadContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Dec. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Regular physical activity has all sorts of benefits, and now researchers say it may help ward off serious pneumonia. Until now, it wasn’t clear how exercise affected the risk of pneumonia, an infection of the lung tissue usually caused by bacteria or viruses.Continue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Most prescriptions for the medication gabapentin are for unapproved uses — and many patients end up taking it along with drugs that create potentially dangerous interactions. That’s the conclusion of a new study that looked at “off-label” use of gabapentin. In the UnitedContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Nov. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Parent-collected nasal swab samples from kids could be as good at detecting respiratory infections such as COVID-19 as those taken by nurses, but that’s not the case with saliva samples, British researchers say. Respiratory infections such as colds and flu are among theContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Nov. 11 (HealthDay News) — The world faces an increased risk of a measles outbreak because 22 million infants did not get their measles shots last year due to the pandemic, the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday. They said that 3Continue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The COVID-19 pandemic has offered some lessons on respiratory disease transmission, and now a new review suggests that hospitals could use those insights to create even smarter infection-control policies. The review, published Nov. 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that someContinue Reading

SUNDAY, Nov. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — When children have colds, parents may want to hold off on using cough and cold medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests. Most children get better on their own, and cough or cold medicines won’t change the natural course of a coldContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Nov. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many people pop a zinc supplement at the first sign of a cold, and there’s new evidence supporting the habit. Australian researchers found that the supplements appear to help shorten respiratory tract infections, such as colds, flu, sinusitis and pneumonia. Many over-the-counter coldContinue Reading

MONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A common group of bacteria may be causing deadly pneumonia or anthrax-like disease among metalworkers in the southern United States, health officials report. The bacteria, called Bacillus cereus (B. cereus), naturally occurs in soil and dust. B. cereus can cause food poisoning andContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Social distancing and mask mandates during the pandemic nearly eliminated cases of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among children, a new study finds. “Numbers don’t lie. Face masking, and proper hygiene and isolation, can be effective means to protect the vulnerableContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) — When COVID-19 patients are discharged from the hospital, most are far from being well — even if their hospital stay was fairly short. That’s among the initial findings of a study that followed Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 during the pandemic’s “third wave” —Continue Reading