The number of reported cases of dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant, abuse in California increased 10 fold between 1999 and 2004, an increase that parallels national trends.
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Flu and Cold
People with the flu, particularly children, may be at an increased risk of self injury and confusion shortly after taking Tamiflu and should be closely monitored for signs of unusual behavior.
More studies are needed of routine preventive measures during annual flu season.
Postmenopausal women who exercised regularly for a year had about half the risk of colds compared to those who did not work out routinely.
Parents wondering if they should get their young children immunized against influenza now have new information as research has found the flu shot to be safe for children aged six to 23 months.
An initial priming shot given in advance of a booster shot may be an effective way to protect people against bird flu.
FDA approves GlaxsoSmithKline drug FluLaval for flu vaccine aimed to immunize people 18 years of age and older against the disease caused by strains of influenza virus judged likely to cause seasonal flu.
When faced with potential vaccine shortages during a flu outbreak the best vaccine distribution strategy depends on the contagiousness of the flu strain.\n
Tamiflu (oseltamivir), is effective in reducing the risk of death associated with seasonal influenza in severely ill patients.
Tamiflu, an effective drug in reducing the risk of death associated with seasonal influenza is in ample supply during the 2006-2007 flu season.
Adults infected with rhinovirus, the cause of half of all colds, may contaminate many objects used in daily life, leaving an infectious gift for others who follow them.
The influenza virus that caused the Spanish Flu, the most deadly infectious disease outbreak in known history, wreaked its devastation by turning the immune system of its victims against them.
A microchip based test may allow more labs to diagnose influenza infections and learn more about the viruses causing illness.
A new kind of drug to fight bird flu that will not suffer from the same kind of resistance problems as current treatments should begin clinical trials within the next three years.
Bird flu breakthrough vaccine is announced by Glaxo showing that its H5N1 pandemic flu vaccine achieved a high immune response at a low dose of antigen.
Since influenza is associated with inflammation and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, the anti inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects of statins might also help people with influenza.
To protect against the annual flu virus, the elderly americans may be given a higher dose of seasonal flu vaccine.