Will There Ever be a Universal Flu Vaccine?

Originally posted 2017-01-27 12:00:54.

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. But producing an effective annual flu shot relies on accurately predicting which flu strains are most likely to infect the population in any given season. It requires the coordination of multiple…

What Is All The Fuss About Vaccines and Immunizations?

Originally posted 2016-12-28 00:51:59. Your Child’s Pediatrician Is on Your Side Immunization remains crucial regardless of what the media says. The relevance of childhood vaccinations has been relegated to the background by the antivaccination propaganda, fueled in the mainstream and social media. Providing parents with information on the significance of childhood immunization is becoming increasingly…

Juicing isn’t actually good for you and your diet is probably dumb

And you should probably cut back on coconut oil Pexels Sorry. Full disclosure: I don’t really get juicing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve slurped down some delicious veggie and ginger concoctions and done my fair share of shots of lemon and turmeric. But spending 10 bucks on—or trying to replace breakfast with—a beverage that essentially amounts…

Should You Take Antibiotics For A Sneeze? Subway Ad Says ‘Yes’

A new advertisement in New York City’s subway has enraged many people on Twitter. The ad is for a prescription home delivery service called “Capsule.” It reads: “Someone sneezed? It’s OK, we’ll be right over with some very, very strong antibiotics.” See a photo of it below. Read: The American Medical Association Will Now Push For…

GOP’s Obamacare replacement plans would provide less financial help, analyses show

WASHINGTON — As congressional Republicans move to solidify their Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation, concern is mounting that their strategies will leave millions of Americans with less financial assistance and more expensive coverage. A new analysis on Wednesday from the Kaiser Family Foundation projects that the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace’s average premium subsidy — which people use to help…

Pharma firm CEO insists $89,000 drug is affordable, but what’s the true cost?

CHICAGO — When Marathon Pharmaceuticals’ $89,000 price tag for a year’s supply of its newly approved muscular dystrophy drug sparked outrage earlier this month, the company’s CEO responded with another figure: $20. That’s how much he expected Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients would pay per prescription of the drug, he wrote in a letter posted on the…

Are You In Shape Or Just Thin?

Originally posted 2017-01-26 21:27:44.

Being thin and being in shape are not the same thing, as evidenced by our slender friends who never get off the couch, and conversely, by every single overweight athlete. Although our weights and where we fall on the body mass index — a measurement of our total body fat based on our height and weight…

7 Facts About Head Lice

Originally posted 2017-01-25 07:15:05.

Let’s talk about lice. They’re pretty lousy; they itch, they can spread disease, and they’re just gross. Thankfully, SciShow host Hank Green can tell us more about lice than we could ever imagine, such as why we put our heads together to show how much we care — “to intentionally transmit head lice to your friends…

6 Signs Of Lactose Intolerance

Originally posted 2017-01-24 02:06:12.

It’s a grim reality many of us face: Promptly after eating cheese, we become sick. Should we persevere through our love of cheese and a helping of blissful ignorance, or face the fact that we may be lactose intolerant? According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms of lactose intolerance, when our bodies cannot fully…