Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

This year's flu season taking deadly aim at kids

(HealthDay)—How bad or how long this year's flu season will be remains to be seen. But one thing is already clear: It's proving to be an especially lethal season for infected children.

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Vaping emergencies may initially go unrecognized

Diagnosing EVALI—the e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury illness that's recently garnered national attention—can be challenging. Initial symptoms may resemble pneumonia or go unrecognized, according ...

Flu season

Flu season is a regularly re-occurring time period characterized by the prevalence of outbreaks of influenza. The season occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere. Influenza activity can sometimes be predicted and even tracked geographically. While the beginning of major flu activity in each season varies by location, in any specific location these minor epidemics usually take about 3 weeks to peak and another 3 weeks to significantly diminish. Individual cases of the flu however, usually only last a few days. In some countries such as Japan and China, infected persons sometimes wear a surgical mask out of respect for others.

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